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Tuesday, November 20, 2012, Issue 59

UK Diagnostic Student Radiographer of the Year

From left: Mark van Rossum of FujiFilm, Paul Mayller and HCPC Chair Anna van der Gaag

“Exceptional” student Paul Hayllar is described by his mentors as a pleasure to know and work with, maintaining a high standard of professionalism and always putting the needs of the patients first.

“Paul was awarded a first class honours degree which is a reflection of his outstanding academic ability,” says Sue Gibson who nominated him for the award.

“He was student representative during his three years at university and was greatly admired by both staff and students for the way he represented and articulated his cohort’s concerns.”

Paul also volunteered as a STEM ambassador, helping and inspiring young people to achieve their potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Among his other achievements have been co-organising a radiography careers initiative entitled ‘Radiography – the best kept secret’, which was presented at the ISRRT 2012 conference in Canada. 

Paul also undertook the role of peer assisted learning (PAL) leader, supporting first year students to facilitate their transition and early development on the programme.

“Each year during his summer holiday, Paul volunteered at hospitals in underdeveloped areas of the world,” said Sue. “On his return, he gave talks to his fellow students, thrilling them with his tales and inspiring many to follow his volunteer example.”

“On finishing his third year studies and elective placement, he immediately flew to Australia to undertake a sponsored cycle ride from Perth to Sydney to raise money for an orphanage he encountered whilst in Tanzania.”

Post graduation, Paul took up a post at the Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where he is enjoying putting all his training into practice.

Says Paul: “I’m over the moon that I have won this award. I always enjoyed my time during training and always tried to do a little bit extra and go that extra mile for both the patients, my fellow students and for me to develop my personal skills that little bit more.

“Now I’m qualified and working at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, I have a fantastic mentor called Nicky Neville who is helping me thrive in this new role, and I will keep pushing myself to do more and learn the skills that I really need to cement the studying and theory that I gained while at university.”

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