Dr Jan Clarke

Consultant physician in genitourinary medicine, honorary senior lecturer and former president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (2014-16)


Dr Jan Clarke is a Consultant Physician in Genitourinary Medicine and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine, Leeds University and Clinical Adviser to London Sexual Health.

After graduating in Leeds and completing training in general medicine, she specialised in Genitourinary Medicine (prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted infections and HIV) and was appointed to consultant posts in Wakefield and Leeds. As Chair, Department of Health Chlamydia Screening Advisory Group she was a key advisor to the £100 million National Chlamydia Screening Programme through pilot, roll out and implementation, Screening is now routinely embedded in commissioning for integrated services across England to benefit around 2 million young people annually.

She is a founder member and was elected President of her specialty association (British Association for Sexual Health and HIV), 2014-16. She has led standard-setting working groups and represented policy issues to UK government and parliamentary groups. She has been invited to organise and to speak at international seminars and conferences.

Her current post as clinical adviser to London Public Health involves reviewing care pathways and tariffs and co-authoring online and terrestrial service specifications to address variation in access and activity across the London Boroughs. London Sexual Health aims for best use of resources while maintaining and improving clinical governance, safeguarding and quality assurance. The Sexual Health London online service, launched in 2018, aimed to complement terrestrial services and divert asymptomatic patients from busy clinics. To date it has enrolled over 200,000 accounts with 220,000 tests performed and over 2,500 chlamydia infections managed remotely.

She also continues in private practice in Leeds after retiring from the NHS. Her specialist clinical interests include STI investigations in paediatric cases on suspected child sexual exploitation and abuse.

She was nominated as one of 100 members of the Achievers Club of the charity fpa (formerly the Family Planning Association), which recognised those who have made significant contributions over a number of years to improving the sexual health of the UK.