Miss Iona Collins is a Consultant Orthopaedic Spinal Surgeon, brought up in Llantrisant, South Wales, through the Welsh language education system. She subsequently moved to London and graduated from St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1996 with MBBS and BMedSci(Hons) degrees. Iona completed her basic surgical training in 1997 in Oxford, gaining her MRCS certification. She then pursued orthopaedic specialisation, firstly in New Zealand and then Scotland, before commencing a six year orthopaedic training rotation back in Oxford in 2002.
In 2006, following her FRCS (Orth) examinations, Iona chose to sub-specialise her further training purely in spinal surgery. Her spinal fellowships were based in Oxford, Nottingham and Sydney, Australia, totalling two years. She returned from Sydney in 2008 to take up her first Consultant position at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham. The opportunity to work in a brand new Spinal Unit at Morriston Hospital brought Iona back to her homeland of South Wales in 2011. Miss Collins is developing a spinal medicolegal practice.