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Eastern Region Study Day is a huge success

21 June, 2012

The Eastern Region Study Day was held on 16 May at the University Campus Suffolk.

For the second consecutive year, the fantastic facilities at University Campus Suffolk greatly contributed to the success of the day, further supported by the Society of Radiographers and Harmoni Healthcare Ltd.

Delegates warmly welcomed Lynne Shand, Consultant Rheumatologist at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, whose presentation entitled ‘The Rheumatology-Radiology Interface’ outlined current best practice in patient care utilising all radiologic modalities interpretation to diagnose and establish prognosis in arthritides disease progression and inform treatment regime and management.

Caz Dyer, Principal Radiographer in General Imaging at Papworth Hospital gave a very informative presentation on ‘Chest Imaging & Interpretation’. Drawing on her specialist knowledge and skills within a tertiary referral and care centre, Caz informed an extensive review of anatomy and physiology, guidance on radiographic technique, review and comment on radiographic appearances of the PA, AP and lateral views of the thorax to include pathology, implants and line placement.

Jeff Chung, a Reporting Radiographer from Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, King’s Lynn, led a session on Radiographer Comment and Interpretation of plain film diagnostic imaging, discussing systematic review technique to aid provision of safe and timely patient-centred radiography service.  His second - our closing session of the day - was an interactive quiz-oriented session identifying and describing subtle trauma and normal variants as incidental findings on plain film imaging. The prize was secured by the narrowest of margins by the West Suffolk Hospital delegates.

Dr Ruth Strudwick, Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography at University Campus Suffolk, led an open forum session focussing on the Professional Issues arising from her ethnographic study conducted as part of her PhD awarded in 2011. The emergent themes identified from her overt study resonated with the diverse range of diagnostic radiography practitioners present and generated much lively discussion.

Another Senior Lecturer in the Diagnostic Radiography team at University Campus Suffolk, Jane Harvey-Lloyd’s perspective explored both the meaning and value of reflection, both in and on practice and the opportunities to challenge practice and empower personal and professional development.  Mastery of the tools of reflection will greatly aid healthcare professionals in the HPC (re)registration process, which requires demonstration of continuous professional development that meets standards and requires presentation of a profile summarising evidence of learning and achievement.

My heartfelt thanks go to all those at the Society of Radiographers, the Minor Injury Unit at Ipswich, Harmoni Healthcare Ltd, theUniversity Campus Suffolk and last, but of course, of utmost importance to radiographers and the caterers – who all made my job very easy. 

Lesley Steward – Co-Ordinator
Reporting Diagnostic Radiographer
Minor Injury Unit, Ipswich


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