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12.6. Educator Case Study 4

I began my training as a Therapeutic Radiographer in 1997 at the School of Radiography, based at both Ipswich Hospital and at University College Suffolk. Upon qualification I worked in the Radiotherapy Department at Ipswich Hospital; it was here that I started to consolidate the theoretical knowledge I had acquired whilst further developing professionally in gaining new clinical skills. 

I always had a keen interest in education / teaching in the workplace. It originated in time spent observing my Clinical Lecturer supporting my peers and me on placement and thinking that I would one day like to be in a similar role. I later became a student mentor and enjoyed guiding my students, supporting them in their training, and sharing my knowledge with them.

My first experience of professional pedagogy was as Lecturer Practitioner / Superintendent Radiographer, a joint appointment at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital and London South Bank University. The role enabled me to continue clinical work as well as be responsible for UG students undertaking their clinical placement. During this time I embarked on my PgC in teaching and eventually completed my MA in Interprofessional Healthcare Education in 2007. The whole process of studying for a Masters/ post-graduate qualification proved pertinent to my job by helping me develop my confidence in teaching.

Throughout my career I have been very fortunate to have had opportunities to work abroad and gain international experience. These experiences have been immensely rewarding and valuable personally and professionally. My first overseas experience was working at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia, where I was exposed to new treatment techniques, planning and dosimetry protocols. In my last year at the Centre I held the position of Clinical Educator / Deputy Radiation Therapist, with responsibility for training of RT students and interns, and an involvement in overall staff development.

My second overseas experience was in Las Vegas, United States where I studied for the ARRT qualification. During this period I undertook clinical work at the 21st Century RT Department and was involved in some teaching on the Radiation Therapy Technology programme at the College of Southern Nevada.

In 2009 I made the transition into full time academia as a Lecturer in Radiotherapy and Oncology at City University, London. I presently teach across the foundation, undergraduate, and postgraduate programmes. I am also a link lecturer and visit the students when they are on placement. This opportunity has allowed me to remain familiar with current clinical practice. Recently, I commenced studying for a PhD in Radiography, which I find challenging and at the same time thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding.

Ricardo Khine, Lecturer in Radiotherapy and Oncology, City University London

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