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Silver all the way

5 July, 2019
Sue Webb with Andy Powell and Julia Rhodes

Two of the profession's brightest stars have been awarded the SoR Silver Medal for “Outstanding dedication and contribution to the profession of Radiography”.

Andy Powell and Julia Rhodes received their awards from outgoing president, Sue Webb.

Andy was commended for his ‘boundless energy’ and his ‘capacity for spreading great work’. Before graduating as a radiographer, he had a distinguished career in the Royal Navy, serving as an electronics engineer in the Persian Gulf, the Falklands, and Northern Ireland.

Qualifying as a diagnostic radiographer in 2007, Andy was an elected workplace health and safety and industrial relations rep, as well as being active on the Society’s North West Regional Committee. He was also the region’s representative on UK Council for four years. He promoted communication between managers, the regional committee and accredited representatives.

Andy was a member of the Joint Accreditation Scheme Committee for the Quality Standard for Imaging (formerly ISAS). He played a key role in establishing and developing the new Cumbria Cardiac Centre, building relationships with all the staff. His enthusiasm and drive to advance the work of the Centre culminated in the award of SoR North West Radiography Team of the Year. Andy is now retired.

Julia Rhodes trained in Birmingham, in the days of Muriel Chesney and Julia’s distinguished career in hospitals across the West Midlands led to her current role at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals, where she is the quality/governance lead.

In 2011, Julia was elected chair of the Midlands region and she was inspired to engage with local service managers. Her idea was to bring the Society to the managers to debate and discuss issues that affected their role on a personal and professional level, recognising their challenges and conflicts. The first Midlands Region managers’ day was a sell-out success.

Julia also turned her attention to improving student engagement. She gave students a platform at committee meetings and encouraged them to attend the Annual Delegates Conference and supported campaigns to stamp out bullying in the workplace. 

Perhaps most notably, Julia set up an award in memory of the Chesney sisters, who contributed immensely to radiography and to her own development in the profession. 

Julia’s citation, read by Vas Nevrides, the UK Council member for London, said, “She is that sort of person who always goes the extra mile to improve standards, the clinical ability of radiographers, train staff and promote the profession of radiography.”

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