BA (Hons) Education studies, Cert Ed
(Hon) FFGDP (UK), FIAM, FDTF (RCS Ed)
Fiona is the Patron and Executive Director of the Society of British Dental Nurses. She is also the Chair of The National Oral Health Group. She acts as a key opinion leader and is an advisor for oral health education and preventative programs across the dental arena, as well as infection control and professional practice. She is a former President of BADN and examiner for NEBDN and writes prolifically as an editor for Dental Nursing Journal.
Fiona is a trained mentor and has fostered and developed a mentoring culture in a number of areas both within and outside of dentistry. Her Mentoring work has been far reaching and more recently has included supporting a scheme to help dental colleagues when working with underperforming dentists. Her final dissertation for her M.Ed looked very closely at the concept of leadership as a potential mechanism of change, which has given her greater insight to the ever changing world of health, education and dentistry. This has also helped her in her role as an External Examiner for the University College of Cork; and the University West of Scotland and a GDC Quality Assurance Education Associate.
She has recently completed an MSc PG Cert in Public Health and has enrolled on her PhD programme looking closer at education. Fiona is the QA & Enhancement Lead at Leamington Spa Orthodontics Centre and an honorary non-clinical lecturer at Uni Warwick and a subject expert at the Uni Bangor. Fiona is also a member of the Human Factors Advisory Board.
Fiona is the founder of ‘Dental Mentoring Network’ and a member of Dental Mentors UK. She has received an honorary Fellowship from the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK) (the first DCP to do so), a Fellow of the Faculty of Dental Trainers at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and Fellow of Institute of Administrators and Managers. More recently she became a member of the Interim Education Advisors Board RCS Edinburgh and a trustee of Dentaid, as well as becoming the vice President of BSDHT. Fiona’s underlying ethos is to open doors for others and help others find their way through their journey whether clinical or academic.