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Diagnostic Imaging Advisory Group (DIAG)

Introduction

Diagnostic imaging is a vital part of the patient pathway for many conditions including acute injury/illness and ongoing treatment; cancer diagnosis and follow up; long term conditions such as vascular disease or arthritis. Improving access to rapid diagnosis is a priority for the patients, the NHS and the wider public health agenda.

A significant component of the modernisation agenda for healthcare focuses on earlier diagnosis for patients with cancer which places further importance on the role of diagnostic radiographers and associated diagnostic imaging professionals in the pathway.  A rising focus on productivity has combined with workforce efficiency, improving access and increasing consumer expectations to create an urgency to review patterns of practice.

Diagnostic radiographers and the wider diagnostic workforce working within this technologically sophisticated care environment must be supported and developed to be able to maximise their individual and collective potential in delivering the best care for people using their services.

The Diagnostic Imaging Advisory Group was formed in 2016 to support the work of the Society and College of Radiographers. The DIAG aims to make a significant contribution to the development of the profession and in raising its profile nationally. It will be an effective voice for the community of diagnostic radiographers and the wider diagnostic imaging nonmedical workforce within the Society of Radiographers.

Group members

Andy Creeden (Chair)
Rachel Nolan (Vice Chair)
Alison Jenkins
Angela Meadows
Deborah Henderson
Nick Woznitza
Nina Arcuri
Rakesh Puni
Richard Newman
Stuart Mackay
Victoria Hughes
Catriona Hynes (UAG Representative)
Valerie Asemah
Thea Buchan
Anthony Richards
Rebecca Steele 

Administrative support
valeriea@sor.org

Sue Johnson
Lead Professional Officer
SueJ@sor.org

Charlotte Beardmore
Director of professional policy

Leandre Archer
Officer for Northern Ireland

UK Council member
Gareth Thomas

 

 

 

Andy Creeden
Advanced Practitioner Radiographer

Andy trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer at the University of
Liverpool, qualifying in 1997.
Early in his career Andy undertook a 2 year placement in the central
African country of Malawi with the charity Voluntary Service
Overseas (VSO). He has maintained his interest in overseas
radiography throughout his career, founding the Imaging in
Developing Countries Special Interest Group and has contributed a
chapter on imaging for the textbook ‘Orthopaedic Trauma in the
Austere Environment’.
On his return from Malawi Andy settled in Coventry where he
practices as an Advanced Practitioner Radiographer, specialising in
MSK reporting. He is currently undertaking training in adult chest
and abdomen reporting. He is keen to share his knowledge and
contributes to postgraduate courses at Birmingham City University
and Coventry University.
He has a developing interest in research, completing an MSc in 2018
with an investigation into the potential application of Machine
Learning for the diagnosis of osteoporosis. He was subsequently
selected for the SoR Formal Radiography Research Mentoring
(FoRRM) scheme. His work has been published in Imaging and
Therapy Practice and Radiography and he has presented posters at
UKIO and ECR.
Andy has chaired the Diagnostic Imaging Advisory Group since its
inception in 2017.

Anthony David Richards
GI Clinical Specialist Radiographer

Originally trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer (DCR) at the Southampton School of Radiography based at Poole Hospital and the Boscombe and Bournemouth hospitals.
Anthony’s first post was at the Royal Sussex County Hospital Brighton before travelling Australia and New Zealand for 12 months.

Returning to work at Queen Marys Hospital Sidcup before mov-ing to Kent & Sussex Hospital Tunbridge Wells (1997).

There Anthony completed training to perform Barium Enemas; the Leeds Barium Enema Course (2002).

Completed a PgC in Appendicular Reporting at Canterbury
Christ Church University  (2005).

Undertaken MSc modules at CCCU in the performing and the clinical reporting of Barium/Contrast Swallows (2012) and Proctography (2016).

Through local training and audit Anthony reports Colonic Trans-it Studies as part of the pelvic floor diagnostics (2016), and per-forms and reports Cystograms (2019).

As a GI Clinical Specialist Radiographer he is keen to use inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary working to enhance and im-prove the patient experience within the trust.

Currently exploring the potential need for a ‘SALT Fast Track’ service for Aspira-tion patients in conjunction with Speech and Language Therapy and the Trusts Quality Service Improvement Group.

As part of the Pelvic Floor team, Anthony represents the Radi-ology service at the MDMs. The service is currently expanding with potential radiographer role extension for Anal US / Ma-nometry and participation in the Pelvic Floor clinics.

Thea Buchan
CT Superintendent Radiographer

Thea Buchan currently leads the CT service at West Middlesex University Hospital.

She trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer at City University graduating in 2005 then joining UCLH where over a period of 13 years she gained ex-tensive experience eventually specialising in CT. She has extensive expe-rience in CT and specifically CT intervention.

She led the Interventional CT service from 2013 to 2017 when she took on the position of CT superintendent.  During this time she undertook an MSc in computed tomography.  She published her dissertation “High fre-quency jet ventilation during cryoablation of small renal tumours”.  She has presented her research work at various conferences both national and international.  Her current research interests include dose reduction in in-terventional CT, quality improvement and workforce development.

She has special interest in evidence based practice and education in the workplace and has set up successful CPD programmes and works to pro-mote the profession in her local community.  She maintains a keen interest in current professional issues through her involvement the SOR CT spe-cial interest group of which she is an active member.

She hopes to continue to produce educational content and research whilst encouraging radiographers to undertake similar work to develop the pro-fession.

 

Alison Jenkins
MRI/CT/XRAY Assistant Practitioner

Following a ten year career in management at British Telecom &
accepting redundancy, Alison took the opportunity to spend quality
time with her young children.
An opportunity arose in 2008 for a role at Alliance Medical (AML),
as a clinical assistant at a NHS Independent Sector Treatment Centre
(ISTC), with a view to undertake training as an assistant
radiographic practitioner (ARP).
Alison achieved a Certificate of Higher Education with distinction at
Bradford University and subsequently became a SCoR accredited
ARP in 2013.
Since the closure of the ISTC in 2014, Alison worked at Bradford
and also York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts in their
general x-ray departments, before eventually returning to AML in
Dec 2017. Alison has continued her progress working in MRI as an
ARP, being part of the AML North Mobiles team. Steadily extending
her skill set in the form of written and practical formal assessments,
she also still undertakes bank shifts in general x-ray at Harrogate &
District NHS Foundation Trust as a way of maintaining that skill
with her accreditation.
With the suspension of MRI outpatient services on the AML mobile
units in March 2020, Alison was asked to support the Covid19 CT
response, as part of the NHSE contract as various hospital sites.
Undertaking a comprehensive training programme, she is now able
to undertake non contrast examinations as defined in the AML ARP
scope of practice.
Living in Harrogate has seen Alison become part of the NHS
Nightingale Outpatient CT team in June 2020, working alongside
Senior AML CT Radiographers as well as radiologists from the local
trusts. She states that this has been extremely challenging but
rewarding at the same time.
Alison continues to maintain her SCoR ARP accreditation every two
years using the benchmarked CPD model to demonstrate her
competence through evidence based learning and training.

 

 

Rachel Nolan
Assistant Imaging Services and Professional Lead

Rachel studied at the Lincolnshire School of Radiography and qualified as a Radiographer in 1989.  She started work at the Edith Cavell Hospital, Peterborough in January 1990.
Having always had an interest in ultrasound she undertook the first PGD at Derby University qualifying in 1996. She became involved in several important projects within the ultrasound department, including setting up the contrast enhanced ultrasound service.  She went on to lead the unit for several years helping it to develop into a Sonographer led service before moving into her current role.
During her years as a Sonographer she lectured at several conferences including setting up ones at Peterborough. She also lectured in ultrasound contrast procedures at the University of Hertfordshire.
She sat on the BMUS ultrasound safety committee for several years and contributed to the writing of “Guidance on reporting ultrasound exposure conditions for bio-effects study” in 2010.
As part of the leadership team she plays a role in developing the strategy for the department and how Radiographer advancement plays a pivotal role.
She is passionate about the advancement of the profession.

She also sits on the Education and Career Framework Committee

 

 

Dr Nick Woznitza
Consultant Radiographer & Clinical Academic; Clinical Director HEE London Radiographer Reporting

Dr Nick Woznitza qualified as a radiographer from the University of South Australia in 1999 and after several years practicing in regional and remote settings moved to the UK in 2005.

Nick specialises in X-ray reporting, with a strong track record of leading service innovation.  Leading a team of reporting radiographers, he provides a significant contribution to diagnostic capacity and has successfully implemented several radiographer led-reporting initiatives including neonatal and immediate GP chest X-ray reporting by radiographers.  As clinical director for the HEE London radiographer reporting programme, he works closely with the Head of the London Radiology School and stream leads to provide education and mentorship for trainee reporting radiographers and radiologists.

An active researcher, Nick completed his PhD on chest X-ray reporting by radiographers.  His current projects focus on radiographer reporting and pathway redesign.  Nick is an accredited consultant practitioner with the College of Radiographers and also as an advanced practitioner with the Australian Society of Medical Imaging & Radiation Therapy which gives him a unique insight into advanced practice roles in a diverse range of healthcare settings. Nick was the overall winner and practice innovator of the year at the England 2017 Chief Allied Health Professions Officer awards.

 


Rebecca Steele
Professional Lead Radiographer & General Manager

Rebecca trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer at King’s College Hospital, London, and has 30 years Radiology experience practising across London in District General Hospitals, Teaching hospitals and the Independent Sector.

Having specialised as a CT Superintendent radiographer at Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust for 10 years including teaching at London SouthBank and Kingston Universities, Rebecca moved into wider  leadership roles and is currently Head of Profession and General Manager of Imaging at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH).  This challenging role has created a strong vehicle through which Rebecca has developed the radiology service including multiple clinical service reconfigurations both on the existing campus and into new builds.

Rebecca leads a team of c.180 radiographers working collaboratively to develop the radiography workforce strategy, from the introduction of new patterns of working to developing advanced clinical practice and consultant radiographer roles. Rebecca is a strong advocate for the profession leading her team to innovate and challenge convention whilst keeping the patient at the heart of what they do. Rebecca is also the Joint Clinical Lead for Quality & Safety for Imaging at UCLH, ensuring that patient safety is central to service developments.

Working closely with HEE on radiographer education and training, Rebecca is also Chair of the North Central London Radiographer Reporting Steering Group.  This facilitates collaboration across communities of practice to establish quality standards, shared education models and drive advanced clinical practice. Rebecca champions radiographers as clinical leaders, as well as managerial leads and is striving for parity with medical colleagues in leadership roles.

In her spare time Rebecca loves listening to and playing music and has recently taken up the ukulele. She is also a keen spectator of most sports and participator in a few, including trying to improve her golf game.

 

 

Richard Newman
Reporting Radiographer

Richard made a career change into radiography as mature student, having previously worked in Information Technology.

He trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer at Exeter University with placements in Dorchester, Yeovil and Exeter.  He then trained in CT and MRI upon qualifying but continues to work in projection radiography. He has recently trained as a Chest and MSK Reporting Radiographer.

He is also a University Clinical Tutor at the University of Exeter for the undergraduate programme.

 

 

Nina Arcuri
Clinical Governance and Quality Lead Radiographer

Originally trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer at Addington
Hospital, Durban, South Africa and moved to London to practice in
leading London teaching hospitals; Westminster Hospital, Royal
Brompton Hospital and Kings College Hospital, and in a district
general hospital and in the private sector.
Gained Certificate in Advanced Study in Health Management and
Postgraduate Diploma in CT scanning with distinction, contributing
her knowledge and insight into delivery of efficient and effective CT
Scanning services in all of the institutions listed above.
She is regularly invited to lecture to both radiographic students and
postgraduate radiographers at City University, London, and lectures
at study days run by Royal Brompton Hospital that are accredited by
Society and College of Radiographers on various of related subjects
e.g. CT cardiac scanning, safe contrast administration, cardiac
pathway management. She lectured at Society of Cardiovascular
Computed Tomography in Tel Aviv in January 2020.
She maintains a keen interest in current professional issues through
her involvement the Diagnostic Imaging Advisory Group. She has a
keen interest in clinical governance and quality improvement
programmes and recently altered roles to Clinical Governance and
Quality Lead Radiographer to impart knowledge gained over the
years.

 


Dr Stuart Mackay
Head of Diagnostic Radiography

Dr Stuart Mackay is the Head of Programme for Diagnostic Radiography in the University of Liverpool.
Dr Mackay qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer in Liverpool and worked as a radiographer for 10 years.  He then moved into radiographer education and has been teaching and researching in Radiography and associated fields for 30 years.  In 2007, he was appointed as Professor of Medical Imaging Education at the University of Salford.
In 2013, he was appointed as Head of the Directorate of Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy at the University of Liverpool.  Following a recent expansion and re-organisation, the Directorate has now divided into two, and he is now the Head of Programme for Diagnostic Radiography.  He manages the team and is responsible for undergraduate, post graduate teaching and research.
He has been an external examiner for the bachelors, masters and PhD programmes nationally and internationally.
Dr Mackay was a member of the Education and Training Committee of the Health and Care Professions Council from 2009 - 2013.  He has also been a reviewer for programmes for the Society and College of Radiographers for almost 15 years.  He is registered with the HCPC, is a member of the Society and College of Radiographers and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

 
Catriona Hynes
Senior Lecturer, Diagnostic Imaging

Originally trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer at University College Dublin, and subsequently gained her Postgraduate Diploma in medical ultrasound from Sheffield Hallam University. She has clinical experience in a variety of radiographer roles, practising in Dublin, Birmingham and Nottinghamshire, but has specialised in ultrasound practice since 2003.

Victoria (Vicky) Hughes
Lecturer & Practice Placement Co-ordinator, University of Liverpool

Originally trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer at the University of North Wales, Bangor, graduating in 1996 with first class honours.  Went on to work at The Christie in Manchester for 11 years gaining extensive experience in oncology imaging, particularly in CT and MRI, gaining a Master of Science in Diagnostic Radiography with a focus in CT scanning.

Subsequently worked at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Wirral, as a Senior Radiographer and Union Learning Representative, and later as Practice Education Facilitator after gaining a PgCert in Teaching and Learning, supporting multi-professional education throughout the Trust.

Latterly worked for several years in clinical management roles, as Superintendent Radiographer at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Principal Radiographer at The Christie, and Lead AHP for Diagnostics (Radiology, Pathology, Cardiorespiratory services) at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. During this time she gained a further PgCert in Healthcare Leadership through undertaking the Mary Seacole Programme.

Currently working as a lecturer on the Diagnostic Radiography programme at the University of Liverpool, where she is also Practice Placement Co-ordinator, contributing her knowledge and insight from clinical and managerial experience to the delivery of the programme.

She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is also Education Representative on the North West Executive Committee, having formerly served as Management Representative.

She has been involved in organising annual North West Regional Study days for Diagnostic and Therapeutic radiographers and students, and undertaken conference presentations at local and national level.

In 2015, she was awarded SoR North West Radiographer of the Year, after being nominated by her former colleagues at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre for commitment to her roles as Superintendent Radiographer and Union Learning Representative.

She maintains a keen interest in current professional issues through her involvement the Diagnostic Imaging Advisory Group.

Angela Meadows
Unit Manager, Alliance Medical

Angela works at Alliance Medical and is responsible for managing the NHS imaging service partnerships at the Preston PET-CT Centre (Royal Preston Hospital Lancashire) and the Westmorland MRI Centre (Westmorland General Hospital Cumbria).
Angela has worked in imaging service management for over 10 years, managing PET CT and MRI / CT imaging partnerships in both the public and private sectors. Before this, Angela supported undergraduate radiographers as a Clinical Tutor for the University of Cumbria at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Angela’s specific interests are in PET CT, research, paediatric NM imaging and MRI safety. Angela has an MSc in Advanced Practice Nuclear Medicine and has been working as part of the Nuclear Medicine Advisory Group for approximately 4 years.

 

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