Craig Barclay


Prof, Consultant in Restorative Dentistry/ Honorary Professor of Oral Rehabilitation

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Personal profile


  • Programme Director of MSC in Dental Implantology.
  • Consultant in Oral Rehabilitation, University Dental Hospital of Manchester.


  • Associate Postgraduate Dean for Specialist Training, North West Deanery.
  • Director of Education ( Manchester Dental Education Centre.


I qualified BDS in 1986 from Glasgow, and I am a NHS Consultant/Honorary Senior Lecturer in Restorative Dentistry in Manchester, as well as being the Associate Dental Postgraduate Dean, Director of Education for Manchester Dental Education Centre and Director of the Square Advanced Dental Care Centre.
I have two main clinical interests, these are the Oral Rehabilitation of Head and Neck Cancer patients and Dental Implants.
I have published over 30 refereed papers, written three books and I have lectured both nationally and internationally.
I am the past President 2009-2010 for the BSSPD.

Research interests

• An M. Phil was carried out assessing the three bodied wear of posterior composites in Liverpool but was examined for an official degree at the University of Birmingham and awarded on the 6th November 1997.

• A PhD was gained at the University of Birmingham during September 2000 on the topic of testing oral temperatures that materials are subjected to on a daily basis, and the effect this has on the clinical performance of the material.

• QOL in oral oncology patients. This project has involved the development of QOL questionnaires using touch screen technology. This won 2nd Prize in the North West Innovation Awards 2009. It enables a patient to enter data directly and to be co-ordinated with two purpose designed clinical databases that have been produced to correlate clinical information.

• Implant recognition system which was developed jointly by myself and Manchester Computing and came 3rd in the North West Innovation Awards of 2008. It is currently a stand alone web based access database used by over 200 dentists annually.

• Hyperbaric Oxygen to Prevent Osteoradionecrosis of the Irradiated Mandible (HOPON). Registered Contributor to above study.

Dentsply Prize 1993, awarded for the best single author presentation at the 17th European Prosthodontic Association meeting held in Milan, Sept 1993.

Schottlander Prize 1995, awarded for the best single author presentation at British Society for the Study of Prosthetic Dentistry meeting held in Dundee, April 1995.

• TC White Travel Fellowship:
Was awarded in 2005 to attend and lecture at the University of British Columbia, Canada on the restorative management of head and neck oncology.


Teaching duties previously included all aspects of prosthetic dentistry, together with a major commitment to the teaching of Clinical Practice (a restorative integrated treatment clinic). Considerable use was made of Computer Aided Learning techniques, Evidence Based Techniques and small group teaching.
Postgraduate teaching duties were previously based on a course that was run throughout the country by a team of five from the department as well as individually run postgraduate courses in several aspects of Restorative care. I also taught extensively on the Midlands MGDS course.

I have had a major input into junior staff training and specialist registrar training in Restorative Dentistry and was previously Training Programme Director for Restorative Trainees and programme lead for all Senior House Officers in the region before taking up the post of Associate Postrgaduate Dental Dean in charge of Specialist Training. My current teaching involves a postgraduate teaching session.

I am Director of Education for the Manchester Dental Education Centre (Mandec).

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

British Society of Prosthetic Dentistry (BSSPD) (Past President)

Association of Consultants in Restortive Dentistry (ACSRD)

Dental Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow

Education Board of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Manchester Dental Education Board Executive.

ISFE Board Member

Implant Examination Board Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Member of the Specialist Advisory Board (SAC) in Restorative Dentistry.



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

External positions

Director of Education, Manchester Dental Education Centre

2007 → …

Associate Postgraduate Dean for Specilaist Training, HEE North West

2006 → …

Areas of expertise

  • RK Dentistry

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Cancer


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