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Mental health IN Dental SETtings U.K. Project (MINDSET U.K.)


The MINDSET U.K. Project is a collaboration comprising of experts in mental health and dentistry from across the UK.

The aim of the current study is to evaluate current levels of burnout, depressed mood, experienced trauma and preparedness to provide quality care in dental teams.

Collecting data from all four nations shall allow for direct comparison of data between countries. Data shall be captured across all members of the dental team.

The project builds on CAREER which looked at the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic upon the mental health of those working in primary care dental teams in Scotland.

Current Status

Recruitment and data collection are complete. Work is ongoing to publish results and develop future projects.

Chief Investigators

Scotland: Jennifer Knights, NHS Education for Scotland

England: Professor Tim Newton, University of Kings College London 
Northern Ireland: Michael Donaldson, Health and Social Care Northern Ireland 

Wales: Dr Ilona Johnson, Public Health Wales


Professor Jan Clarkson, NHS Education for Scotland

Fiona Ellwood BEM, Society of British Dental Nurses, and Co-Chair of the Mental Health in Dentistry Working Group

Professor Gerry Humphris, University of St Andrews

Roz McMullan, Chair of the Probing Stress in Dentistry, Northern Ireland, and Co-Chair of the Mental Health in Dentistry Working Group

Dr Ian Mills, University of Plymouth

Professor Robert Witton, University of Plymouth

Dr Linda Young, NHS Education for Scotland


Jennifer Knights
Specialist Research Lead (Dental)
NHS Education for Scotland



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