Cally Palmer, NHS England's National Cancer Director, presenting the 2018 Radiography Awards, thanked the Society for the "great opportunity to promote the work of diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers at the forefront of the workforce on World Radiography Day."
Speaking at the award's ceremony to the assembled guests, Cally said, "All winners and teams being honoured today have demonstrated outstanding patient care, a passion for innovation and improvement and the ability to adapt and excel in a changing workforce."
Held at the Royal College of Physicians, on the edge of Regent's Park, London the awards are the radiography profession's annual opportunity to celebrate the best of the best. Cally presented the prizes, along with Jason Barron, sales manager of the award's sponsor, Carestream Health.
"Radiographers have always been at the centre of evolving technologies in equipment and clinical practice," Cally said.
"In my national role we are emphasising the importance of early and fast detection of cancer to meet our ambition to save more lives.
"This is a precious workforce and we need to recognise and support the development of advanced skills including reporting radiographers in all modalities and advanced specialist radiographers in fluoroscopy.
"In short, optimising the huge strength and skill you all bring to the very best patient care," Cally continued.
"My message is one of deep appreciation for all that you do. Please keep that skill, passion, flexibility and technical excellence at the forefront.
Cally Palmer finished her address with a quote from a patient who expressed her appreciation to the radiographers who looked after her: Diagnosis through treatment was faultless and quick. I always felt like an individual and not just a number. Professional, efficient, caring, friendly. I felt valued and safe.
Dr Helen McNair
UK and London Radiographer of the Year
Lead Research Radiographer, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
UK Diagnostic Student Radiographer of the Year
University of Derby
UK Therapeutic Radiography Student of the Year
Birmingham City University
Post-Mortem Imaging, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
UK and Midlands Radiography Team of the Year
Radiographer of the Year Region/Country Award Winners
Consultant Macmillan Therapeutic Radiographer in Palliative Oncology, Peterborough City Hospital
Chief Radiographer, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Trust
Consultant Sonographer, Freeman Hospital
Lead Reporting Radiographer, Daisyhill Hospital
Therapeutic Radiographer, The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust
Lung Consultant Radiographer, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre
Radiotherapy Services Manager, Maidstone Hospital
Head of Department, University of the West of England
Head of Quality and Governance (Radiology), Wrexham Maelor Hospital
Yorkshire and North Trent
Advanced Practitioner, Pinderfields Hospital
Team of the Year Region/Country Award Winners
Diagnostics Centre, The Holly Private Hospital
General Imaging Radiographers, St Bartholomew’s Hospital
Cardiac Radiographers, Sunderland Royal Hospital
Anomaly Sonographer Team, Southern Health and Social Care Trust
CT Team, Warrington & Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Student Liaison Team
Radiology Team, Western Sussex Hospitals
Radiotherapy Team at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre
Yorkshire and North Trent Joint Winners
Newly Qualified Radiographers, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Radiology, Rotherham Foundation Trust