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Mrs Ilona Johnson 


Career Profile

Ilona Johnson is a Walport Clinical Lecturer and Hon Specialist Registrar in Dental Public Health.  She qualified BDS from the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guys and St Thomas hospitals in 1997 and worked as a General Professional Trainee in the South West of England before entering General Dental Practice.  During this time she completed her Membership examinations for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow.  In 2003, she was appointed as a Senior Dental Officer in Community Dentistry.  She completed her Masters in Dental Public Health in 2008 and was then appointed as a Walport Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Specialist Registrar.  She passed her Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examinations for Dental Public Health in 2012 and was awarded her Completion of Specialist Training in 2013. 

Her PhD research commenced in 2008 and was carried out alongside her Dental Public Health specialist training.  The research was undertaken to explore non-dental healthcare workers (i.e. nurses and carers) emotional experiences of caring for the mouth of dependent patients. This involved crossing several disciplines including dentistry, nursing psychology and used mixed methods.  PhD submission is planned for 2013.

Undergraduate Education

1997   United Medical and Dental Schools of Guys and St Thomas Hospitals (UMDS) Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS)

Postgraduate Education

2013   PhD in progress- due for submission 2013

2012   Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow Fellowship of the Faculty of Dental Surgery (Dental Public Health)

2009   Cardiff Univerity MPH dental module

2008   Master of Public Health MPH (Distinction)

2002   Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery MFDS RCPS

Teaching Profile

Ilona Johnson undertakes teaching for undergraduates and postgraduates in the School of Dentistry.

Current undergraduate teaching responsibilities include

  • Communication skills
  • Critical appraisal skills
  • The roles and responsibilities of the dental team

Postgraduate teaching responsibilities include socio-dental indicators component of the Dental Public Health MPH module and teaching for Senior House Officers working in Dental Public Health.  She also provides postgraduate teaching for Foundation trainees and has provided teaching for section 63 courses in Wales and in England.