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30 July 2012

Therapeutic radiographer Karen Smith has been elected to a leading position for healthcare professionals.

Karen, who works as a radiotherapy team leader at the Queen’s Centre for Oncology and Haematology at Castle Hill Hospital, is the new Vice President of the Society and College of Radiographers. The Society represents some 25,000 members across the UK, many of whom work in the National Health Service.

Therapeutic radiographers, like Karen, treat cancer patients. Six out of 10 patients who receive radiotherapy are cured.

Active in the organisation for many years, Karen is an industrial relations and health and safety representative at Castle Hill, where she has worked for more than 25 years. She is also active in the Yorkshire and North Trent region of the Society.

Completing the TUC stage 1 course in health and safety and stages 1 and 2 in industrial relations, Karen is committed to ensuring the employment and safety rights of her colleagues are upheld.

Her years on the Society and College's UK Council has seen her deal with issues around professional policy and guidance, as well as changes in pay and conditions and public pension reform.

“I have been overwhelmed at the support and good wishes from colleagues, friends and family," Karen said.

“I am immensely proud to be a radiographer and to represent my colleagues. Members of the profession work in very challenging and difficult circumstances and one of my roles with the Society is to support and encourage them.”

Notes for Editor

Further information: Karen Smith can be contacted on 01482 461216. Media contact: Dominic Deeson on 01795 535468 or 0795 784 5238.

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