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Dr Ilona Johnson BDS MFDS RCPS (Glasg) MPH FDS (DPH) RCPS (Glasg) PHD FHEA

Dr Ilona Johnson

BDS MFDS RCPS (Glasg) MPH FDS (DPH) RCPS (Glasg) PHD FHEA

Reader and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health

School of Dentistry

Overview

Ilona is currently a Reader in Dental Education and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health at the School of Dentistry in Cardiff University. 

Her role involves research, teaching and dental public health consultant practice.

Ilona's dental public health work includes pandemic planning, and working with teams across Wales, the UK and beyond to develop of the evidence base and documentation to support the response. Her dental public health work also focusses on oral health for vulnerable and older adults in hospitals and care settings.

She is currently leads undergraduate professionalism, law, ethics and communication skills programme in the School of Dentistry and the Masters in Public Health Dental Public Health Module. She also leads on Professionalism and is the lead academic EDI contact for the School.

Ilona's educational research interests are in educational innovation focussing on video and mixed reality, interprofessional education and professionalism. She has won national and international awards for her work in educational innovation, professionalism and inter-professional education and is one of the three women in dentistry in the UK who currently hold a National Teaching Fellowship award from Advance HE.

Biography

Ilona is a Reader and Honorary Consultant in Dental Public Health in Cardiff. After graduating from the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guys and St Thomas hospitals, then undertook General Professional Training in the South West of England, working in both practice and hospital. Following this, she entered General Dental Practice and was then appointed as a Senior Dental Officer in Community Dentistry during which time she undertook a 6 month secondment to a generic public health team. Following the completion of her Masters in Dental Public Health she was appointed as a Walport Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Specialist Registrar in Dental Public Health working at Cardiff University and Public Health Wales. During her specialist training, she undertook a number of pieces of work including, pandemic influenza planning, work to develop dental contract pilots in Wales, domiciliary care pathway development and a needs assessment for special care dentistry. She was awarded her Completion of Specialist Training, submitted her PhD thesis and was appointed to her present post in 2013. Her PhD research used mixed methods and explored non-dental healthcare workers' (i.e. nurses and carers) emotional experiences of caring for the adult mouth.

Ilona's educational research interests are in educational innovation focussing on video and mixed reality, interprofessional education and professionalism. She has won national and international awards for her work in educational innovation, professionalism and inter-professional education and is one of the three women in dentistry in the UK who currently hold a National Teaching Fellowship award from Advance HE.

Ilona has a particular interest in pandemic and emergency planning and in older and vulnerable adult oral health. Her research in dental public health focusses on reducing health inequalities, emergency planning and on improving oral health for older and vulnerable adults by working across disciplines.

Links to some of the pandemic documents can be found though th GDC webpages. 

Honours and awards

BDS University of London (United Medical Schools of Guys and St Thomas's Hospitals)
MFDS RCPS (Glasg) Membership of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
MPH (distinction) Masters Public Health
MPH Dental Public Health Modules Cardiff University
FDS (DPH) RCPS (Glasg) Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
PhD Cardiff University
FHEA

NTFS 

Professional memberships

Secretary of the British Association of Comminity Dentistry

Publications

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Teaching

Undergraduate

Ilona Johnson is currently leads the undergraduate professionalism, law, ethics and communication skills programme in the School of Dentistry. She provides lectures, seminars, workshops, small group teaching and elearning across all 5 years of the curriculum. 

Postgraduate

Ilona established a professionalism programme for postgraduates following her review of assessments across postgraduate programmes. She provides teaching relating to law, ethics and professionalism. She also leads the MPH dental postgraduate module, providing sessions onworkforce planning, socio-dental indicators, funding of health care systems, resource allocation emergency planning and pandemic influenza.

Ilona provides teaching for Foundation trainees working in Dental Public Health, and has provided teaching for Special Care Dentistry Masters degree students. She currently supervises a number of postgraduate projects including work looking at beliefs and dental care, sustainability and online  dental information. 

She has provided many talks for the University and has provided open day talks for the School since 2010.

She has recieved national and international awards for her work in teaching innovation and interprofessional education. 

2018

Association for Dental Education in Europe Excellence in Dental Education Interprofessional Educator Prize

2017

National Teaching Fellowship Higher Education Academy

2017

Association of Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) Inter-professional Education Poster prize

2016

Association of Dental Education in Europe (ADEE) Poster prize

2016

Cardiff University Enriching Student Life Awards Most Innovative Staff Member Award (finalist)

2016

School of Dentistry Teacher of the year (nominated)

2015

Cardiff University Enriching Student Life Awards Most Innovative Staff Member Award (winner)

2015

Rising Star Cardiff University (nominated)

2014

School of Dentistry Employee of the Month Award October

2010

Speaking of Science. Oral Presentation Prize

2010

Spotlight on the Social Sciences. Interdisciplinary Conference Poster Presentation Prize

National Teaching Fellowship Interprofessional education Namibia Phoenix Project
Open day ADEE poster prizes 2016 ADEE poster prize photo

Ilona Johnson has research interests across the dental public health field.  She particularly enjoys working across disciplines. Her interests include:

Dental Public Health

  • Pandemic and emergency response preparadness
  • Older adult oral health and oral care,
  • Emotional psychology and its role in oral health and oral care provision
  • Oral health improvement for vulnerable and special care groups

Educational innovation and research

  • Information technology for health improvement and education (video, VR, AR and Mixed reality)
  • Professionalism, wellbeing and diversity and inclusion
  • Interprofessional education
National Teaching Fellowship

Areas of expertise