Miss Clare McIlwaine
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Miss Clare McIlwaine

Lecturer in Oral Health Sciences (Education)

Peninsula Dental School (Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry)

Role

BSc DTH Programme Lead
DTH Final Year Lead 
Proficient Clinical Practice Module Lead



Qualifications

Clare is currently employed as a Lecturer in Oral Health Science at the University of Plymouth and is the BSc Dental Therapy and Hygiene (DTH) Programme Lead, Final Year Lead, as well as Proficient Clinical Practice 1&2 Module Lead. 

Clare graduated from Kings College London in 2008 with a Distinction in Dental Hygiene and Therapy Diploma. Over the past 10 years she has gained clinical experience working in general, private and the community dental service treating special care patients. 

In 2009 she joined Peninsula Dental School as a part time Clinical Supervisor and during this time developed a real passion for teaching and maintaining teaching excellence. In 2012 she was appointed as a full time Lecturer in Oral Health Science and progressed to BSc DTH Programme Lead in 2013. Since then she has developed and led the implementation of the BSc DTH programme and introduced integrated learning within both the DTH and BDS programmes.

In 2017 she went on to successfully complete a Masters in Clinical Education (Merit) and was awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2013) and Fellowship of the Faculty of Dental Trainers of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh (2018).


Professional membership

GDC (General Dental Council) Registration Number: 141436
DPS (Dental Protection Society)

IADR (International Association of Dental Research)
BSDHT (British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy)
BADT (British Association of Dental Therapists)
FHEA (Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy)
FDTFEd (Fellowship of the Faculty of Dental Trainers, Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh)

Roles on external bodies

Education Associate for the General Dental Council (GDC)
Member of the Dental Hygiene and Therapy Directors Board UK

Teaching interests

My main teaching interest lies in the (shared) integrated curriculum within the dental professions.

Integrating education in undergraduate dentists and dental hygiene therapists, although common, is not consistent throughout both programmes. This leads to barriers such as hierarchies, preconceptions and a lack of understanding of each others roles. As part of the introduction of the BSc DTH Programme in 2013, I introduced the integrated curriculum, whereby students from both programmes share all teaching. learning and assessment within their shared Scope of Practice.

Other teaching interests:

  • Self assessment and capability 
  • Inter-Professional Education
  • Small group learning, particularly involving mixed professional groups
  • Curriculum design and development 




Staff serving as external examiners

External Subject Examiner for the Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Therapy, University of Sheffield (April 2016-April 2020)

External Subject Examiner for the BSc (Hons) Dental Hygiene and Therapy, University of Central Lancashire (March 2017-March 2021)

Research interests

Current research:

Self-assessment in the Simulated Dental Learning Environment

Salivary LPS Activity as a Biomarker for Chronic Periodontitis

Student and staff perceptions of an integrated clinical and scientific BDS and DTH curriculum 

Grants & contracts

Santander Scholarship Award, Awarded April 2017

Oral & Dental Research Trust Oral Health Innovations Research Grant, Awarded May 2016


Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
McIlwaine C, Brookes ZLS, Zahra D, Ali K, Zaric S, Jones G & Belfield LA 2019 'A novel, integrated curriculum for dental hygiene-therapists and dentists' British Dental Journal 226, 67-67 Author Site PEARL
Strachan A, Harrington Z, McIlwaine C, Jerreat M, Belfield LA, Kilar A, Jackson SK, Foey A & Zaric S 2018 'Subgingival lipid A profile and endotoxin activity in periodontal health and disease' Clinical Oral Investigations Author Site , DOI PEARL
Zahra D, Belfield L, Bennett J, Zaric S & Mcilwaine C 2018 'The benefits of integrating dental and dental therapy and hygiene students in undergraduate curricula' European Journal of Dental Education Author Site , DOI PEARL
Ali K, Zahra D, Tredwin C, Mcilwaine C & Jones G 2018 'Use of Progress Testing in a UK Dental Therapy and Hygiene Educational Program' Journal of Dental Education 82, (2) 130-136 Author Site , DOI PEARL

Additional information

Curriculum Design  

Zahra, D., Belfield LA., BennettJH., Zaric, S and Mcilwaine, C. Integration of Biomedical Science Teachingin Dental and Dental Therapy Programmes, J Dent Res: 0127 2018

McIlwaine, C., Zahra, D., Brookes, Z., Collingwood, J.,Potterton, R., Zaric, S., and Belfield, L, Challenging the Conventional Curriculum: AnInter-Professional Undergraduate Dental Programme, J Dent Res 96 (Spec Iss B): (BSODR), 2017

 

Mcilwaine, C., Zahra, D., Brooks, Z., Zaric, S. Collingwood,J., and Belfield, L. (2017) An Inter-Professional Undergraduate DentalCurriculum. Presented at the Vice Chancellor's 15th Teaching and LearningConference, 30th June, Plymouth, UK

 

Zahra, D., Belfield LA., McIlwaineC., Ali K., Bennett J, Zaric S. Exploring the relationshipsbetween knowledge- and skills-based assessment performance in Dental Therapyand Hygiene students as a function of prior qualifications, J Dent Res 96 (Spec Iss B): 79 (BSODR), 2017

Potterton, R., Zahra, D., Witton, R., and McIlwaine, C.(2017) Comparison of Dental Therapy and Hygiene and Bachelor of Dental Surgerystudent assessment outcomes in an Inter-Professional Engagement module of anintegrated curriculum. Poster presented at the European Board of MedicalAssessors conference, 14th-15th November, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands. 

Belfield, L., McIlwaine, C., Zaric, S., Coombes, L., Jones,G., Zahra, D., and Bennett, J. (2015) Integrated Basic Medical Science (BMS) Teaching for Dental and Dental Therapy Students. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Dental Education in Europe, Szeged, Hungary

McIlwaine, C., Zaric, S., Belfield, L. (2015) Full Integration of Dental Therapy and Hygiene and Dentistry Curricula in Y1: Clinical Skills Capabilities. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Dental Education, Szeged, Hungary

Belfield, L., McIlwaine, C., Zaric, S., Coombes, L., Jones,G., Zahra, D., and Bennett, J. (2015) Integrated Basic Medical Science (BMS) Teaching for Dental and Dental Therapy Students. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Dental Education in Europe, Szeged, Hungary

McIlwaine, C., Zaric, S., Belfield, L. (2015) Full Integration of Dental Therapy and Hygiene and Dentistry Curricula in Y1: Clinical Skills Capabilities. Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Dental Education, Szeged, Hungary

Point of Care Periodontal Therapy

Strachan, A., Harrington, Z., McIlwaine, C., Jerreat,M., Kilar, A., Jackson, S., Foey, A., Zaric, S. Development and Evaluation of a Novel, Lipid-A BasedBiosensor for Personalised and Predictive Periodontal Therapy, JDent Res 96 (Spec Iss C): 017 (BSODR), 2017

Khorsandi, A., Zaric, S., Strachan, A., Harrington, Z., McIlwaine,C., Jerreat, M., Kilar, A., Jackson, S,. Foey,A. Monitoring Salivary LPS Activity for Preventive,Participatory, Point-of-Care Periodontal Therapy, J Dent Res 96 (Spec Iss C): 017 (BSODR), 2017

Strachan, A., Harrington, Z., McIlwaine, C., Jerreat,M., Mishra, R., Jackson, S., Foey, A., Zaric. Subgingival Endotoxin Activity in Patients With ChronicPeriodontitis, J Dent Res 95 (Spec Iss C): 0192 (PERCongress), 2016

Strachan, A.,Jackson, S., Harrington, Z., McIlwaine,C., Foey, A., Zaric, S. Porphyromonas gingivalis Lipopolysaccharide IsoformsInitiate Cytokine Tolerisation Responses in M1 and M2 Macrophages. JDent Res 94 (Spec Iss B): 172 (BSODR), 2015

Zaric,S., Belfield, L., Harrington, Z., McIlwaine, C., Jerreat,M., Coulter, A. Salivary LPS Activity as a Biomarker for ChronicPeriodontitis, J Dent Res 94 (Spec Iss B): 589 (PER), 2014

Self assessment and Capability McIlwaine, C., Sporat, L., Zahra, D. (2017) Does the Introduction of Self-Assessment in the Simulated Environment Identify Clinical Learning Needs in Undergraduate Dental Students. Oral Presentation presented at the European Board of Medical Assessors conference, 14th-15th November, Egmond aan Zee, Netherlands.