How Does the SOHRC Work?
A national Steering Group, chaired by the Chief Dental Officer, oversees three collaborative research groups in Dental Public Health and Health Services Research, Craniofacial Anomalies and Dental Education.
The Oral Health Collaborative Research Administrator provides support to the Steering Group and each of the collaborative research groups by:
- Organising meetings & keeping records
- Liaising with stakeholders
- Supporting the development of funding applications
- Providing coordination between partner organisations
The Steering Group is chaired by the Chief Dental Officer. Membership also includes Heads/Director of each of Scotland’s Dental Schools/Institute along with representatives of each of the collaborative research groups. In addition, there is representation from NHS Education Scotland and research in dental primary care.
Dental Public Health and Health Services Research Group
The Dental Public Health and Health Services Research Group aims to conduct research that will reduce inequalities. Current populations of concern are older people living in care homes and those with oral cancer. The extensive experience of researchers at Dundee Dental School in running large randomised controlled clinical trials in dental practice complements the public health approaches used by community oral health researchers at Glasgow Dental School.
Craniofacial Research Group
The Craniofacial Research Group brings together clinical and academic expertise from across Scotland to explore:
- the relationship between genetics and face shape
- the promotion of reproductive health to prevent cleft lip and palate
- the reduction of inequalities experienced by adults with cleft lip and palate
Dental Education Research Group
The Dental Education Research Group seeks to ensure the best use of educational resources in Scotland, to improve and ensure patient safety and to evaluate teaching efficacy. The Group undertook a scoping exercise to establish national research priorities in dental education in 2014 which led to the report, “Setting the agenda for dental education research in Scotland: A priority setting exercise including multiple stakeholders” and the published paper, “Developing a national dental education research strategy: priorities, barriers and enablers”. The 2017 SOHRC conference focussed on Dental Education research and identified areas for future research. The group is now moving forward with a study on the effectiveness of MMIs for Dental and Dental therapist students in Scotland.
Sub-Group: MMI Leads
|Malcolm Stewart||University of Aberdeen|
|Fiona Stewart||University of Dundee|
|Christine Goodall||University of Glasgow|
|Liz Connor||University of Edinburgh|
|Linda Gunn||University of Highlands and Islands|
|Amber Brown||University of Highlands and Islands|