Scottish students come together for inter-university conference

Published: 15 November 2017 Ezine

Author: Nic Smith, Student Membership Officer

The Queen Margaret University Radiography Society hosted the 3rd Annual Inter-University Radiography Conference earlier this month.

It was well organised, with many interesting speakers and a packed crowd of students from the three universities in Scotland, qualified radiographers and other interested healthcare professionals.

Set up three years ago by Glasgow Caledonian University Rad Soc, the event rotates between the universities and the organising challenge is taken on by the hosting Rad Soc, in collaboration with the other universities.

The event coincided with Remembrance Day, so pertinently information was given on the role of radiographers and radiography in the First World War, and before the first speaker a poem was read out and a moments silence observed.

A broad range of topics were covered by speakers, meaning there was something for every audience member, whether a diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer, or even someone with little knowledge of the profession.

Highlights included a session on 'playlist for life', which demonstrated the impact of familiar music to dementia patients and how this can better connect sufferers with their families.

There was also a focus on the LGB community and cancer care and the impact of prejudices on their experiences.

Patient centred care was featured in the Scottish Clinical Imaging Network (SCIN) presentation, highlighting their work to standardise healthcare and access to healthcare throughout Scotland.

A resuscitation officer explained what a radiographer can do to help save lives, with a little help from Vinnie Jones and Abba.

After a delicious lunch and some great networking opportunities, Maria Murray, Professional Officer for Scotland at the SCoR, updated the audience on the new radiation regulations.

Other speakers included Fujifilm, who discussed new technologies, NHS Lothian on being a radiology manager, and the Edinburgh cancer centre on their developments in the use of 4D CT scanning.

Overall, it was a well organised and fascinating day; well done QMU Rad Soc!

The main organisers were Amanda Neilands and Will Woods, an interview with them and how they organised the day will appear in the next edition of Synergy News.