The UK Students, Radiographer and Radiography Team of the Year, along with the regional winners and their friends and family, were celebrated at a ceremony at the House of Commons this month.
Assembled guests were welcomed by Society President Steve Herring, who in his opening remarks recognised the crucial role of all radiographers and the special feeling of receiving the commendation of your colleagues.
“It is true that each member of the profession is special. Every day radiographers provide excellent patient care, every day radiology managers do more with less and encourage their team to excel and every day radiographer lecturers instill best practice and high standards in their students.
“So if each radiographer and team is so good, how do we choose who to honour at these awards?
“The key aspect is that the winners are chosen by their peers. Any radiographer who has won one of these awards will tell you that the greatest honour is being nominated by their colleagues, individuals who know that the winners are not just doing their job, but providing excellent standards of care.”
The awards were presented by the guest of honour, Linda Hindle, the Lead Allied Health Professional for Public Health England.
In her address Linda spoke about the invaluable contribution that radiographers make to public health and how important it is that all health professionals take the opportunity to educate and inform patients.
Sarah Smith, who graduated with a First Class Honours degree from Sheffield Hallam University in Radiotherapy and Oncology Leeds, picked up the therapeutic award, and recalled how she woke up to a flurry of social media congratulations whilst travelling.
“I was in San Francisco when I found out I won the award, there’s about an 8-hour time difference to home so I woke up to about 17 notifications on Twitter, and I couldn’t remember tweeting anything good before I went to bed!
“I knew I’d been nominated before I left the UK, but I didn’t think I’d win, it didn’t even cross my mind!”
Diagnostic winner Marianne Kipling, a First Class graduate from Birmingham City University in Diagnostic Radiography, paid tribute to the ‘enormous privilege’ in receiving the recognition of her tutors.
“It’s incredible, it feels like an enormous privileged and an honour,” she said.
“It was a bit of a surprise, my tutor mentioned to me they’d nominated me for something but I didn’t hear anything for a while, and I was at work one day and I got a message from one of my friends saying congratulations, and I didn’t know what she was talking about!
“She posted me a link to the website and I saw I’d been given this award and it was a huge surprise, it made me quite emotional.”
Meanwhile, Jane Hall, a Macmillan Information and Support Radiographer at Lincoln County Hospital, picked up the prize of the UK and Yorkshire and North Trent Radiographer of the Year.
She said: “I got a letter at work saying I’d won the regional award, and I couldn’t believe that, so when the second letter came saying I’d won the overall award, it was overwhelming.
“I was absolutely thrilled. It’s been a lovely event this evening, I’ve met some great people, got some amazing certificates and some amazing memories.”
Members from the UK and North West Radiography Team of the Year, the Word of Mouth Mammogram e-Network (WoMMeN), were also in attendance to receive the acclaim of their peers.
Dr Leslie Robinson, the project leader of the group, spoke about the moment the team found out about their triumph.
“We were so excited when we found out we won the award. We were excited when we found out we’d won the North West award, but when we found out we’d won the UK Team of the Year award it was fabulous.
“What’s really good is that we are an online group all about social media, and the social media platforms we used went haywire when we found out, we were sharing the news on Twitter and Facebook about what we were doing.”
The SoR Radiography Team of the Year Awards are generously sponsored by industry partner Carestream.