Reader panel

Aisha Mehmood 

Aisha Mehmood is a highly motivated student dental hygienist and therapist at the University of Manchester. In March 2023 Aisha wrote about her route into dentistry in BDJ Team in 'Dental nursing gave me a kick start'. Later in 2023 Aisha wrote about how oral health campaigns are promoted in general dental practice



Rebecca Silver 

Rebecca Silver FdSc MSc RDN is a multi-award-winning dental nurse. She has worked within the NHS and private dentistry and has worked with numerous dental specialists. She has obtained post-qualification certificates in Oral Health Education and Conscious Sedation and an MSc in Advanced and Specialist Healthcare (Applied Dental Professional Practice). Rebecca has written a wide range of thought-provoking articles for BDJ Team.


Fiona Ellwood 

Fiona Ellwood Doctoral Researcher, MEd L.M, PG Cert HF, PG Cert PH, PG Cert MDent, BA (Hons) Ed S, PGCE is the Executive Director and Emeritus Chair of the Society of British Dental Nurses (SBDN) and the Acting Chair of The National Oral Health Group. She acts as a key opinion leader and is an advisor for oral health education and preventative programmes across the dental arena, as well as infection control and professional practice. She has been an examiner for NEBDN and writes prolifically, including articles for BDJ Team.

Fiona is a trained mentor, the founder of ‘Dental Mentoring Network’ and a member of Dental Mentors UK. She is an External Examiner in the UK and in Ireland and a GDC Education Associate and Registration Panel Member. She holds an MSc PG Cert in Human Factors for Patient Safety and leads the Human Factors in Dentistry Group. During the pandemic Fiona was a driving force behind Mental Health Wellness in Dentistry and is Co-Chair of the Mental Health Wellness in Dentistry Group. She is a p/t Academic Lead and Moderator for Dental Nursing at Bangor University Bangor.

She received an honorary Fellowship from the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK) (the first DCP to do so), a Fellowship from the Faculty of Dental Trainers at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, and a Fellow of the Institute of Administrators and Managers. She recently became a member of the Academy of Medical Educators and the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors.

Fiona is a trustee for Dentaid and a co-founder of the International Federation of Dental Assistants and Nurses (IFDAN) and speaks both nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics. She was hugely honoured to receive a Queen’s Honour in 2019 and has become a dental nurse historian.

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BDJ Team reader panellists write annually for BDJ Team and are involved with content discussions and feedback. If you are interested in joining the Reader Panel, please contact the Editor, Kate Quinlan.