After qualifying from Birmingham Dental School in the early 80s, Dr Janine Brooks spent her whole clinical career in Community Dentistry, the last 17 years as a Clinical Director. During that time, she gained experience in general management, project management and data protection.
In July 2002, Janine was appointed as Caldicott Guardian to the NHS Information Authority where she had overall responsibility for the national health databases. Whilst there she contributed to the development of the Information Governance Toolkit. In April 2003 she was appointed as the first dental adviser to the National Clinical Assessment Authority (NCAS). In February 2005 she became Associate Director (Dentistry) and had responsibility for leading the dental development programme and advising the senior management team on all aspects of dentistry.
Since leaving NCAS in June 2011, Janine has developed her portfolio career even more and is loving the variety. She has been a non-executive director for CDS CIC, a dental social enterprise, and Associate Postgraduate Dental Dean for Thames Valley and Wessex. Currently she is an educational inspector for the GDC; a coach for the Professional Support Unit, Health Education England, Thames Valley; an expert witness and lead clinical tutor for the Law and Ethics module for the University of Bristol's BUOLD programme. She was thrilled to have her first book, How to develop your career in dentistry, published in October 2015. Her second book, How to survive performance difficulties, will be published in mid-2018.
Janine launched her own coaching and training consultancy Dentalia in July 2011, providing coaching to dental professionals and a broad range of education and training topics to include reflective practice, ethical practice, professionalism, leadership skills, under-performance and communication skills. She has developed a broad range of clients, both individual and organisational. She is director of dental programmes for the Dental Coaching Academy which provides Post graduate qualifications in coaching and mentoring. In December 2016 she and a colleague launched Dental Mentors UK, an online directory to promote mentoring within the dental profession.
She currently coaches a number of dentists in personal development, leadership and remediation. She specialises in coaching dentists experiencing difficulties, particularly those who have been referred to the General Dental Council. She writes extensively and has published a number of articles and papers over the years.
Janine was honoured to receive an MBE for services to dentistry in 2007 and an honorary fellowship of the FGDP (UK) in 2010.