The NHS recently launched a new Twitter initiative to shine a light on the patient and staff stories behind the organisation. Each week a new person, either staff or patient, curates @NHS and shares their NHS story.
This week, Teresa Howe, Advanced Practice Therapy Radiographer from University Hospital Bristol NHS Trust, has been nominated curator for @NHS. On Sunday 16th July, Teresa tweeted “eek! It’s my week! I’ll be talking #Radiotherapy all week long”.
Originally from Canada, Teresa attained a degree in psychology before pursuing her ambition to study therapeutic radiography. After qualifying, she worked at Cancer Care Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, before moving to the UK in 2008 in an effort to combine work with travel. Teresa first worked at the Queens Centre for Oncology and Haematology in Hull where she worked on the treatment floor and in treatment planning. She later joined University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust as Advanced Practice Therapy Radiographer. Along with treating patients, Teresa is also the lead practice educator for radiotherapy in the trust and works closely with students on their clinical placement. Teaching is a huge part of her role which is something she really enjoys.
In the coming week, Teresa has lots to say about radiotherapy. She wants to showcase the roles of the multidisciplinary team in radiotherapy, and highlight the positive impact radiotherapy has on patients in the NHS. She’ll be going behind the scenes to give us a glimpse of what happens in the radiotherapy department.
On Monday, Teresa highlighted the “Paused and Checked”? document which practitioners implement as a checklist before they begin radiotherapy on patients. This is a safety checklist known as the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations directive which came into force to ensure all medical exposures to ionising radiation are justified before the exposure is being made.
You can support and follow these and more NHS stories on Twitter by searching @NHS, @NHS/Teresa, @teresahowe, @UHBristolNHS, @accornUK.
Action Radiotherapy are the UK’s only national charity dedicated to improving radiotherapy treatment by supporting patients and professionals. We are delighted to support Teresa in this week’s edition of @NHS, the week of radiotherapy.