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Episode 2 focuses on LGBT+ History Month with special guest Dr Gareth Hill - a therapeutic radiographer with a fascinating career path

Published: 24 February 2023 SoR

In this month's episode of SoR Sounds, SoR President Ross McGhee is joined by Dr Gareth Hill, Deputy Director of Evidence at Healthcare Improvement Scotland, to discuss LGBT+ History Month.

The therapeutic radiographer and academic chats to Ross about his research and experience of healthcare for LGBT people.

In his role at HIS since May 2022, he provides specialist expert leadership to inform decision making at national level and the production of evidence-based guidelines and health technology appraisals.

Research funded by the CoR

He was previously Head of Therapeutic Radiography at Ninewells Hospital in NHS Tayside, from August 2018.

Dr Hill was awarded a CoR doctoral fellowship of £25,000 to fulfil his research on "The impact of cancer treatment on LGB people’s identity".

In the podcast he explains why a person-centred approach to healthcare is so important to patients: "As LGBT people accessing healthcare, we sometimes don't fit with what people's assumptions are. The danger is that if we as practitioners treat everybody the same, then it gives rise to problems, because we're not the same. We're all different.

"When you treat everyone the same, what you do is risk excluding certain people that don't quite meet the script that you're following. And you think you're being fair but you need to recognise that people come from all sorts of different backgrounds and communities."

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