Students scoop prizes at the radiotherapy conference

Published: 31 January 2019 Ezine

At the Annual Radiotherapy Conference in Newcastle, a selection of fantastic student speakers and presenters took part to share their research projects and findings with delegates.

Emily Evans, a student at Sheffield Hallam University and Adam Davies, a radiographer at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre jointly won the Student Best Proffered Poster award.

Emily's poster, An Investigation into How Different Departments Meet the Holistic Needs of Oesophageal Cancer Patients, highlights specific and relevant support to be given throughout treatment.

Adam's was entitled, Implementation of a Lung Cancer Screening Programme in the UK Using Low-Dose Computed Tomography - Does the Literature Support It? and outlined the barriers that must be overcome to justify a lung cancer screening programme in the UK.

The Student Best Proffered Paper award was given to Adrian Axelsen, a student at the University of the West of England, who studied the Placement Experience of Mature Therapeutic Radiography Students.

Adrian's informative research project suggests therapeutic radiographers are not able to give students enough support during placements. Because of clinical pressure, radiographers need to be allocated sufficient time to give students good quality feedback.

Other student papers were presented by Maria Vassiliou from the University of Liverpool, Alejandro Brussain from Royal Surrey County Hospital - St George’s University, and Niamh Ryan from the University of Suffolk.

A focus on students was recognised throughout the radiotherapy conference, with a gripping talk from Maureen McPake on Radiographers' and Students' Experiences of UK Practice Placement Models in Radiotherapy. Maureen presented her key findings and made recommendations for universities, radiotherapy centres and the SCoR.

There will be more coverage of the conference in the March issue of Synergy News.