Hazel Colyer, distinguished therapeutic radiographer and educator, has died

Published: 12 January 2017 Ezine

Hazel Colyer, a radiographer for more than 40 years and the former dean of health and social care at Canterbury Christ Church University, has died.

A Fellow of the College of Radiographers, Hazel established the university’s MSc in Interprofessional Health and Social Care. With a particular interest in professional development, over the years she contributed to a number of CoR research reports and policy statements. 

An appreciation of Hazel's work and life will be published in due course.

Speaking at the National Conference for Radiology Managers earlier this year, Hazel gave an evocative and insightful talk on her journey through treatment for breast cancer from the patient perspective.

“The best things were being cared about, not just being cared for. I would not, for instance, have known that the trust which treated me was in special measures.

“It made me proud to be a radiographer because whenever I came across one during my treatment they did a great job,” she said.

Hazel closed with her presentation on a positive note: “When you wonder about getting out of bed in the morning and when it seems that the NHS is grinding to a halt, think of us patients. I am really proud of us and what we do,” she said.