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College of Radiographers Legacy Fund

Introduction

The College of Radiographers (CoR) Legacy Fund has been established following receipt of a generous donation and is used to support two areas of work.

Part 1: Overseas Conference Grant

A grant is made annually and supports a qualified member of the Society of Radiographers based in the United Kingdom, or a small team of members, to travel overseas to present the findings of their research and/or service evaluation as an oral paper at an international conference.

Successful applicants also agree to prepare an article for publication in Imaging and Therapy Practice on their experience, and to publish the findings of their work in Radiography.

Applications for funding to the value of £1000 will be considered although, for exceptional applications, more may be available.

There are two grant calls a year, one in April and one in October, with one successful grant allocation in each round. Closing dates are the last Friday of April, and the first Monday of October each year.

Criteria for applications

Radiographers wishing to be considered for this grant must:

·      Be a member of the Society of Radiographers (SoR)

·      Hold current registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

·      Be prepared to act as an ambassador for the Society and College of Radiographers during the conference visit and at all times in relation to the receipt and use of the grant.

·      Successful individuals will be required to sign and adhere to the terms of reference for representing the Society and College of Radiographers.

NB Unfortunately, we are unable to fund applicants who have previously received overseas conference grant funding.

Applications

Those wishing to apply for the grant are required to submit a 1500 word proposal outlining their work. This should include:

·      How the paper is expected to impact on patient care

·      Expected outcomes from their work

The application must be accompanied by detailed anticipated costs, to include travel, accommodation, subsistence, and other anticipated expenditure.

Part 2: Eponymous Lecture

The Legacy Fund will also support an invited speaker to deliver one of the College of Radiographers eponymous lectures.

A recommendation will be made by the College Board of Trustees (CBoT) in relation to an overseas speaker.

The grant for this invited speaker will cover travel and accommodation costs at the discretion of CBoT.

Case study

“This was a great opportunity to fly the flag for radiographer researchers on an international stage.”

Cynthia Eccles: Consultant research radiographer, head of radiotherapy developments, Christie NHS Foundation Trust and honorary senior lecturer (T&R) in cancer sciences, University of Manchester
Research project: The selection of MRI sequences for MRLinac-based radiotherapy treatments
Award: £1000

Cynthia, a Canadian trained research radiographer, dual qualified in radiotherapy and diagnostic MRI and a DPhil (radiobiology) graduate of Oxford University, used the Overseas Conference Grant to travel to the United States to present the findings of her research project.

“It allowed me to attend the ASTRO (American Society for Radiation Oncology) annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, to present work on the selection of MRI sequences for MRLinac based radiotherapy treatments," Cynthia said.

“I think this is a very progressive and forward-thinking initiative by the College because it allows UK radiographers to present work on a large international stage, as well as providing the opportunity for them to network with foreign colleagues. I have been attending ASTRO with some regularity since 2004, and although having met the 12% or so of abstracts submitted to garner a plenary session, I had recently changed trusts and was unsure if I would have the opportunity to present the work myself."

She continued, “Fortunately, the support of Overseas Conference Grant covered the cost of my registration, flights and much of my stay at the meeting. This was a great opportunity not only to showcase my work (which will imminently become a joint project between my previous and new trust), but also to fly the flag for radiographer researchers internationally.

“Most radiographers are involved in research on some level, be it working with patients on a clinical trial, collating audit data for service development or testing technology, and it’s important to take opportunities to recognise the impact of our activity in the grander scheme of things.
 
“So, it is with sincere gratitude that I acknowledge the support of the College of Radiographers for this very important initiative.”

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