Kim Meeking

Radiotherapy Research Advanced Practitioner
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Kim studied therapeutic radiography at the University of Portsmouth, qualifying in 2002. She gained 10 years experience in treatment and pre-treatment radiotherapy and has worked as radiotherapy research advanced practitioner since. In this role she is involved in the set up and delivery of radiotherapy clinical trials. This is a varied role involving technique development and implementation, quality assurance, team leadership, education, trial recruitment, as well as direct patient care. Through qualitative interviews Kim and her colleagues are exploring trial recruitment from patients’ perspectives. This has helped the team develop more patient-centred recruitment practices. Kim attained a Master’s degree in clinical research at the University of Southampton in 2017 via the NIHR/HEE clinical academic program. Her dissertation topic was an analysis of the use of Twitter by radiotherapy patients and healthcare professionals. Her commitment to raising the profile of radiotherapy research is strong, and Kim is keen to pursue a clinical academic career. Her research interests include utilising digital communication, in particular social media, to improve patient experience and enhance learning and collaboration for healthcare professionals.

Claire Reynolds

Senior Radiotherapist, The Christie Private Care, HCA Healthcare UK

Since qualifying in 2001, Claire has gained extensive experience in treatment planning and treatment delivery in both NHS and private radiotherapy departments in the UK. She is currently the pre-treatment superintendent at the Salford satellite centre of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. With a special interest in breast cancer, she has been involved in the implementation of intra-operative radiotherapy from a trial innovation through to routine use. In this role she presented at the international TARGIT Academy and published in both a book and scientific papers. She also acted as an expert for the NICE consultation about the technology. Claire a keen runner who will be taking part in the Yorkshire marathon to fundraise for Action Radiotherapy. She has become involved with Action Radiotherapy as she is passionate about promoting radiotherapy and multidisciplinary working across radiotherapy departments.

Lynsey Rice

Research and Development Lead
The Harley St Clinic

Lynsey Rice studied radiotherapy at City University, London and qualified in 1996. She has worked in many London Hospitals both NHS and private in many different roles over the years. For the last 9 years, Lynsey has worked at The Harley Street Clinic in London as the Research and Development Lead in radiotherapy. Her particular interests lie in the future developments in radiotherapy and ensuring the most up to date and latest technologies and techniques are being utilised to benefit patients and their treatment outcomes. Lynsey has extensive experience in project managing changes and improvements with the radiotherapy field and also the introduction of new techniques and technologies within the hospital. She has presented at international conferences on these experiences and the results gained and also won a private healthcare award for ‘Innovation in Care’. She is an advocate for embracing change and providing the best possible radiotherapy for patients in a safe and effective environment.

Caroline Eteen

Pre-treatment Specialist Radiographer

 

Caroline qualified in 2000 and started work at the Rosemere Cancer Centre in Preston.  She was fortunate to have the opportunity to work in Auckland, New Zealand for 2 years, and gained a lot of experience in planning and in the pre-treatment setting.  On my return to the UK, Caroline worked at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, before moving into the private sector at The Harley Street Clinic, where she gained extensive experience in both treatment delivery, but more so in pre-treatment.  Caroline completed post graduate studies in Radiographer Led Breast and Palliative Planning.

 

Caroline currently works at the Leeds Cancer Centre as a Pre treatment Specialist, where she has an interest in developing and improving the SABR Liver Pre-treatment pathway. She feels passionate in providing the best patient care and improving their radiotherapy experience and outcomes.

Caroline is privileged to be a part of the ARCnet steering group where working together can make a difference.

Catherine Mercer

Partnership Liaison – ICON Group
Pre-Treatment Radiographer
Kent Oncology Centre

Catherine qualified as a Therapeutic Radiographer in 1997 and commenced her career in cancer care at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust in London. Catherine also worked at the London Regional Cancer Centre in Canada, a large public tertiary hospital committed to the latest technology and approaches to radiotherapy. Returning to the UK in 2001 Catherine started work at The Harley Street Clinic. She led the Pre-Treatment services and contributed to developing the Clinic’s first private satellite radiotherapy service within an NHS Trust. Catherine is a co-author in a number of international journals with a focus on image guided radiation therapy (IGRT) and digital workflows and has completed post graduate study in Radiographer Led Breast and Palliative Planning and Consent. Catherine now works part time as a Pre-Treatment Radiographer and Dosimetrist at Kent Oncology Centre. In addition Catherine works in Partnership Liaison for Icon Group, Australia’s largest provider of cancer care with services in New Zealand, Singapore and China. In 2017 Icon became a Vanguard Partner of the Union for International Cancer Control and Founding Partner of the City Cancer Challenge 2025. Catherine manages this partnership and is passionate about improving access to world class cancer care internationally. She is passionate that patients receive the best cancer care available and strongly believes that likeminded peers working together can make a difference.

Naman Julka- Anderson

Macmillan Review Radiographer

The Beacon Centre, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

Naman completed his MSc in Radiotherapy & Oncology at UWE Bristol, qualifying in 2017. He now works as a Macmillan review radiographer helping patients throughout their cancer treatment journey. He also helps provide clinical supervision to staff across the hospital and has interests in radiotherapy research - presenting a poster at UKRCO 2018. Naman is also a STEM ambassador for the West of England. He uses this role to promote the benefits of STEM subjects, raise the profile of radiotherapy and cancer awareness within local schools in Somerset. He also gives career talks and runs STEM workshops for students of all ages at local schools and colleges. Working closely with the education team within his department, they have successfully set up work experience programmes with over 5 schools in Somerset. Naman enjoys competing in triathlons and long distance runs in fancy dress; he is looking forward to fundraising for Action Radiotherapy in the future. Naman is passionate about patient care, promoting radiotherapy and STEM subjects along with improving student retention. He is very privileged and humbled to be part of a network of likeminded professionals who aim to bring about positive change.

Jo McNamara

Senior Lecturer, Admissions Tutor, Interprofessional AHP Lead, Placement Link Tutor at Weston Park Hospital.

 

Jo qualified as a Therapeutic Radiographer in 2004 from Sheffield Hallam University and worked at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield, before becoming an academic in 2009. Jo is now a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University, which is the largest provider of radiotherapy education in the UK, teaching across the entire portfolio of radiotherapy courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level, as well as interprofessional education.

Jo's is hugely passionate about the recruitment and retention of Therapeutic Radiographers from the development of foundation courses, through to supporting advanced practice. Having been involved with, and led on, a number of recruitment and retention projects, including the Strategic Interventions in Higher Education Disciplines (SIHED) project, addressing the decline in applications for degree programmes in therapeutic radiography and other allied health disciplines.  Jo's motivation within this field is driven by evidence based practice and years of experience as an Admissions Tutor. 

As a STEMnet Ambassador Jo routinely runs roadshows around the country, promoting the profession and educating students and educators about the role Radiotherapy plays in the cancer pathway, working extensively with clinical partners and schools and colleges to highlight the role Radiotherapy plays in treating cancer. 

Jo is currently a UK Observer with the Society of Radiographers and sits on the committee for 'Leading the Way in Radiography Advanced Practice.'   

https://www.shu.ac.uk/about-us/our-people/staff-profiles/joanna-mcnamara

Jo Strickland

Advanced Practitioner

Guy’s Cancer at Queen Mary Hospital, Sidcup. 

Like many people Jo came to radiotherapy later in life, having abandoned a career in newspaper journalism to follow a path making a difference in people’s lives. She graduated from University Campus Suffolk in 2008 and secured a job working at London’s University College Hospital. Now based in Kent, she works as a Team Leader for Guy’s Cancer at its satellite centre in Sidcup.

Jo is passionate about raising the profile of radiotherapy and encouraging more people to take up the profession. She believes that every cancer patient should have access to the most advanced radiotherapy techniques irrespective of where they live and that increased funding is essential to achieve this. She wants radiotherapy to be moved up the national health agenda and is looking forward to working with this group of like-minded professionals to achieve this.

Zoe Grant

Therapeutic Radiographer and Course Leader for BSc.(Hons) Radiotherapy & Oncology at University of Suffolk.

 

Zoe qualified as therapeutic radiographer in 2015, having made the decision to retrain, previously working with in the Arts and marketing.  During her time as a treatment radiographer, she regularly organised education events for the radiotherapy team.  The opportunity to move into an academic role came in 2018 and Zoe is now Course Leader for the Radiotherapy and Oncology undergraduate programme at University of Suffolk.  As a lecturer, she works hard to ensure the future generation of therapeutic radiographers are trained and prepared to deliver the best standard of patient centred care. Working closely with placement partners at NHS Trusts in Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire, Zoe and her team ensure the degree is meeting the requirements of clinical practice and continues to be up to date. Zoe is also a STEM ambassador in Suffolk and regularly delivers course talks and lessons at schools within the GCSE, A level and BTEC science subjects, as part of ongoing outreach work for the university.  For the past eighteen months Zoe has also been involved with the Strategic Interventions in Higher Education Disciplines (SIHED), which is a national project to address the decline in applications for degree programmes in therapeutic radiography and three other allied health disciplines.  

Sarah Motherway

Therapy Radiographer at Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

 

Hi my name is Sarah Motherway, 23 and from Ireland. I am a therapy radiographer working at the Beacon Centre in Taunton for the past two years. Having previously studied at UWE in Bristol. My interests in the profession cover a wide spectrum including education, imaging and patient and staff wellbeing. Raising the profile for radiotherapy is vital for our profession and am looking forward to working with Action Radiotherapy in doing so.  

Shannon Johnson

Therapeutic radiographer

The Beacon Centre, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton

 

Shannon successfully completed her BSc in Radiotherapy and Oncology at UWE Bristol in July 2019, and now works as a band 5 therapy radiographer at The Beacon Centre in Taunton. Shannon has been lucky enough to secure a scholarship at university to enable her to promote radiotherapy! She is passionate about promoting the profession of radiotherapy and has recently become part of the education team within the department as well as a STEM ambassador for the West of England. She has been able to use this role to investigate the value of STEM based subjects to a number of students and teachers across Somerset through workshops and career events. Even though Shannon is relatively new to the profession, her dedication into educating the wider public in regards to radiotherapy is something that Shannon strives to achieve. After researching the public's perception of radiotherapy within her dissertation, Shannon has been accepted to present this at the Annual Radiotherapy Conference in January 2020. She is also very keen to get stuck in with fundraising for Action Radiotherapy in the near future and cant wait to see what the work with Action Radiotherapy and the dedicated professionals working with her will bring!

Jakub Thornley

Therapeutic Radiographer - Leeds Cancer Centre
 

Jakub qualified from Sheffield Hallam Unviersity on the undergraduate Radiotherapy and Oncology Course in 2018 and started work at Cambridge University Hospitals as a Therapeutic Radiographer. During the 18 months spent there he worked across both Elekta and Varian machines developing his skills and learning the trade. During this time he also had the opportunity to expand his skills by undertaking a role in the gold seed insertion clinic for prostate cancer where he worked closely with the Consultant and the Advanced Practitioner. Furthermore he was expanded his role further by joining the Freedom to Speak Up Local Listener team. 

As of February 2020 he has started his role as a Therapeutic Radiographer at the Leeds Cancer Centre.

 

He has interests in patient support, research, education and prostate cancer and is currently undertaking his MSc in Advancing Professional Practice with Sheffield Hallam where he has the ability to work on his interests with modules such as "Excellence in Prostate Cancer Treatment and Care" and "Psychology of Cancer Care". 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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