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03 August 2011

A senior radiographer who works at the Royal Derby Hospital and is a resident of Sunnyhill has been elected to head her professional body.

Sue Johnson, the superintendent in the x-ray department at the Royal Derby Hospital, is the president of the Society and College of Radiographers for 2011/12.

As well as working at the Royal Derby and the Royal Infirmary for the past 25 years since qualifying at the then Derbyshire School of Radiography, Sue has also been a lecturer at the University of Derby. Before moving into a management role, she was well known for her trades union activism, representing work colleagues on industrial relations issues for 17 years.

Valued by colleagues for her dedication to patients and the radiography profession, Sue was previously voted Midlands Radiographer of the Year. She was also the first chairperson of the Society of Radiographers' Midlands region committee, holding the post for seven years.

Her main responsibilities at Royal Derby Hospital are ensuring that the 24-hour diagnostic imaging service, which employs more than 300 people, runs smoothly and meets the needs of patients. Sue tries to anticipate issues and problems before they happen and to plan for future developments.

"I was absolutely thrilled to be selected to be president of the Society and College of Radiographers, which is the professional organisation as well as being the trades union for more than 24,000 therapy and diagnostic practitioners in the UK," Sue commented.

"I am really looking forward to the next year, which is going to be hard work but I hope also a lot of fun.”

She continued: “The National Health Service is going through a period of political and professional uncertainty but our patients must be able to rely on a high quality service.”

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