Clinical academic dentists provide patient care, and they are also responsible for educating dental students and for carrying out research into all aspects of health and disease. They are vital to educating the doctor and dentists of the future and to providing care at the highest of levels. Since 2000 the Dental Schools Council and the Medical Schools Council have undertaken a regular (annual since 2003) survey of clinical academic staffing levels in UK medical and dental schools. The reports includes analysis by clinical specialty, vacancies, medical school/ region, funding source, age, gender and ethnicity.
The 2013 data update shows a further expansion in the number of clinical academics over the past year, to a total of 575 FTE FTE (956 individuals) employed by the 18 UK medical schools. This reflects an increase of 22% since 2007, almost entirely derived from the increase in Clinical Teachers and Senior Clinical Teachers to a total of 187 FTE – an increase of 80%, compared with an increase of just 5% REF-returnable staff.
The profile of dental clinical academics has changed substantially over the past decade, with the creation of recognised Clinical Teacher and Senior Clinical Teacher roles. ‘Traditional’ academic grades of Professor, Reader/ Senior Lecturer and Lecturer now make up just two thirds of the academic team, and have declined in number by 19% since 2000. The overall upwards trend is positive, and demonstrates both resilience and the innovative ways in which dental schools are delivering teaching, research and clinical care. At the same time, the decline in the number of staff leading oral and dental research poses a significant threat to the health of the population and to the position of the UK as a leader.
The full 2014 report is available to download:
The press release is also available to download:
2013 Report - an update based on 2012 data
2012 Report - an update based on 2011 data
2011 Report - an update based on 2010 data
2010 Report - an update based on 2009 data
2009 Report - an update based on 2008 data
2008 Report - an update based on 2007 data
2007 Report – an update based on 2006 data
The Medical Schools Council publishes a survey of clinical academic staffing surveys for medicine.It is available to download from the Medical Schools Council website.
In addition, Siobhan Fitzpatrick, Senior Policy Officer, has written an article about the challenges and opportunities for recruitment to clinical academic medicine and dentistry for London Medicine. This article is supplemented with data from the Clinical Academic Staffing Level surveys.
The full article is available to download and can also be accessed from the London Medicine website:
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There were 575 FTE clinical academics in post at 31 July 2013, the sixth consecutive year to year increase.
There were 387 FTE Professors, Readers/ Senior Lecturers and Lecturers, reflecting a 19% decline in REF-returnable staff since 2000.
Women now make up 40% of the clinical academic team, compared with 32% in 2004.
24% of clinical academic dentists are non-white, compared with 17% in 2004
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