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Thursday, July 17, 2014, Issue 119

Karen Smith is inaugurated as SoR President

SoR President Karen Smith

SoR President Karen Smith

“A therapy radiographer with huge compassion and empathy for her patients.”

That was how guest speaker Professor Angela Duxbury described incoming SoR President Karen Smith at her inauguration ceremony.

“Karen always puts the patient experience first,” she said. “She treats people with great dignity and respect and is one of the most modest, honest and sensitive people I have met.”

Karen, a radiographer at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, qualified 30 years ago. A committed trade unionist, she has served as an SoR rep for 25 years. She spoke of her ambitions for the year ahead, including a determination to challenge the erosion of members’ terms and conditions and the government’s outrageous attacks on pensions.

“We will continue to support and represent our members so that they can continue to support and advocate for their patients,” she said.

She went on to thank UK Council and the presidential team, in particular her “dear friend” outgoing President Pam Black who has driven forward initiatives that are “new and relevant for the profession today.”

In her outgoing speech Pam described a “busy but thoroughly enjoyable year” with many and varied highlights. “In terms of meeting my objectives, it’s been a success,” she said. “Achievements include a collaboration with the RCR and IPEM to set up a Clinical Imaging Board, and a Radiology Managers’ Communities project which will facilitate a managers’ network and forum.”

The inauguration, which was held at King’s Place in London, was attended by key members of the profession including 12 past presidents of the SoR.

Watch the video of Karen's inauguration ceremony below.

 

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