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Tuesday, November 20, 2012, Issue 59

Unis get into spirit of World Radiography Day

Radiography students David Roberts and Lydia Purcell, Kingston University London

Student radiographers spread the word about the profession on World Radiography Day, inspiring both youngsters and patients.

Students from Kingston University, London spoke to young people at further education colleges across the capital about their training to mark World Radiography Day on Thursday 8 November.

They also worked hard to raise money for a local cancer charity after rustling up a range of treats for a cake stall at Kingston University.

The activities were the brainchild of second year therapeutic radiography student David Roberts. “Not many people know what we do. I think it’s really important more young people consider working as radiographers and World Radiography Day seemed the ideal time for us to really get involved in raising awareness about the profession.”

David persuaded some of his course mates to join him in his visits to sixth form colleges around London to talk to young people studying access to science courses. Continued David: “An increasing number of people are affected by cancer, so I believe it’s vital to make sure there are the specialists needed to support them."

Lydia Purcell accompanied David on a visit to Lambeth College where they spoke to a group of young people about the world of imaging and radiotherapy. “I always knew I wanted to do something in the healthcare field, but didn’t know what,” Lydia explained.

“I spent a day shadowing a radiographer at my local hospital, the Whittington, and absolutely loved it.” Lydia went on to secure a place to study diagnostic radiography at the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, run jointly by Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, and hasn’t looked back since.

All told, a group of 10 students from the faculty’s Radiography Society visited five further education colleges in London. Meanwhile, proceeds from their cake sale at Kingston University will be donated to Emma’s Bubble Trust, which supports teenage cancer patients at the Royal Marsden in Sutton.

Radiology Department gets WRD make-over

In Suffolk, diagnostic radiography clinical lecturer Lucy Blackwell marked World Radiography Day by going out to educate the public on what a career in radiography entails.

Lucy, who is a practice educator for the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography course at UCS, created an environment of learning in the outpatient Radiology Department at Addenbrooke’s Hospital to promote the profession and give members of the public an insight into the world of medical imaging.

Lucy and two of her third year students (Rebecca Stevens and Janice Whitby) transformed the outpatient department by displaying images of other areas of radiography and engaging with the patients waiting for their x-ray.

The UCS Radiography Team have also set up an online resource for staff, students and the general public to access useful applications, websites and software. The team began sharing this page during World Radiography Day and it has since been viewed internationally by colleagues and students in the Middle East, Canada and New Zealand with favourable responses.

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