Members' Day Speakers

Confirmed Invited Speakers on the Members' Day (12th September) include the following. Additional details will be added as confirmed. 

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Dr Susan Barley

I have worked for Oncology Systems Limited for 2.5 years, managing the development and testing of software for Imaging and QA in Radiotherapy. My career in Medical Physics began in 2000 when I was accepted onto the IPEM training scheme in the West Midlands.  After completing the scheme in 2002 with major competencies in Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy, I moved to Swansea to study for a PhD which researched radiolabelling platinum based chemotherapy drugs to image their uptake with a gamma camera. Following my PhD which was based in Singleton Hospital, I also applied for and was awarded my state registration as a Clinical Scientist by the HCPC.  My PhD was followed by a postdoctoral position at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Sutton, funded by the Neuroblstoma Society to study whole body and tumour dosimetry for I-131-MIBG therapy in paediatric patients with Neuroblastoma.  I then return to Singleton Hospital, Swansea and worked as a clinical radiotherapy physicist for 6 years, specialising in image guided radiotherapy before joining OSL at the end of 2013.

Dr Richard Black

Dr Black is Senior Lecturer in Bioengineering in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and whose academic, teaching and research experience spans more than 25 years. He gained his PhD at the University of Liverpool where he was lecturer in Medical Device Design, and latterly a Principal Investigator at the UK Centre for Tissue Engineering. He is currently Academic Director of the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training in Medical Devices and Healthcare Technologies, which provides interdisciplinary research training at the interface between engineering, physical and life sciences for up to 40 students at any one time.

A Chartered Scientist and Engineer, he is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Medical Engineering and Physics, one of three leading scientific journals published by the Institute.

Christine Braithwaite

Christine Braithwaite (LLM) is Director of Standards and Policy at the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care where her responsibilities include providing advice to the Secretary of State about the regulation of health and care professionals. The Professional Standards Authority oversees the nine UK health and care professional regulators. Christine was previously Head of Investigation and Enforcement at the Care Quality Commission, led the Healthcare Commission’s national healthcare associated infection inspection programme and was a Review Manager at the Commission for Healthcare Improvement. She also worked for the Health Service Ombudsman.

Liz Britland

Liz Britland is a Clinical Technologist at Christie Medical Physics and Engineering where she has been employed for 3 years, during this time she hasalso been a science communicator and Merchandiser for ScienceGrrl. Her role in CMPE is within the Imaging Physics and Radiation Protection department, working with ionising radiation, testing the equipment across the North West of England. Her areas of expertise lie in Rad, DR, fluoro and CT; she is also an active member of the team in helping to develop testing protocols and being involved with various projects.

ScienceGrrl is a broad-based, grassroots organisation celebrating and supporting women in science; a network of people who are passionate about passing on our love of science on to the next generation. Liz’s work with ScienceGrrl is about informing both children and adults about the possibilities there are with STEM careers. She mainly talks about her work in the NHS but also helps organise events and get volunteers from a range of backgrounds to give the best over view of what working in STEM is really like. She has been the main contact for ScienceGrrl at Lancashire Science Festival for 4 years running and this year organised a free science and music event for adults- Music and the Geek.

Antonia Bryan

Antonia Bryan is currently a registered clinical scientist working at Leeds Cancer Centre. She finished the STP training scheme in September 2015 at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust.

She is currently representing IPEMs associate members as Chair of the IPEM Trainee Network (ITN) along with a great team of trainee (or recent trainee) scientists, engineers and technologists working around the UK on various training schemes. The ITN are in a unique position to voice the opinions and concerns of the newest additions to IPEMs members. This is invaluable when considering workforce planning and the future of IPEM.

Elaine Buckley

Elaine Buckley was appointed Chair of Council in July 2015, following an 18 month appointment as a registrant member of Council. Her key prioritiesin the role of Chair are to continue to build evidence based regulation processes and to promote the wider benefits of being a regulated professional. Prior to becoming a Council member, Elaine worked as a partner for the HCPC for 10 years, assessing overseas applications to the register and sitting on the competency and conduct panels.

Elaine qualified as a physiotherapist in 1981. Following a number of clinical roles in the NHS, she went on to manage the physiotherapy service at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. In 1993 she was appointed to the post of Orthopaedic General Manager in the same hospital. In 1996 she moved into higher education, as a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and most recently, she was the Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing providing academic leadership within the Faculty and wider University in the areas of academic quality and enhancement. She has also lead on a number of international development projects including working with overseas governments in countries such as Iraq and Libya, advising and supporting on the development of their healthcare workforce.

She has served as a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Chesterfield and North Derbyshire NHS Trust and Sheffield South West PCT. She has also undertaken the role of Governor on the board of Doncaster and Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust until 2012.

Fiona Carragher

Fiona Carragher is the Deputy Chief Scientific Officer for England, supporting the head of profession for the 50,000 healthcare scienceworkforce in the NHS and associated bodies – embracing more than 45 separate scientific specialisms.

A Consultant Clinical Biochemist by background, Fiona has a broad portfolio of policy responsibilities, providing professional leadership and expert clinical advice across the health and care system as well as working with senior leaders within both the NHS England and the wider NHS. Given her background, she has a particular responsibility to provide clinical advice and professional leadership for pathology within NHS England.  

Fiona has significant experience in both public health and treatment & care, having led and worked in multi-professional teams for two decades at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh and Kings College Hospital, London -  with a focus on providing high quality, innovative laboratory services. Most recently she led a number of specialised laboratories for the diagnosis and monitoring of inherited metabolic disease and was Director of Newborn Screening for the South East Thames Region. 

As Scientific Director for NHS London she led a number of broader healthcare science projects including technology adoption and leadership development, and created a proactive scientific and diagnostics network across the capital that supports quality improvement and effective commissioning

She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and is a member of multi-professional organisations such as the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine and British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group. 

Dr Robert Farley

Rob Farley is currently the professional lead for Healthcare Science at NHS Education for Scotland (NES). He has a commissioning role for clinical scientist training in Scotland, and other branches of healthcare science. He leads the quality monitoring of postgraduate scientist training in Scotland, in partnership with the Academy for Healthcare Science and the National School for Healthcare Science. Rob’s NES appointment followed a secondment from the NHS in 2006 to the Scottish Government’s Health Department, where he led publication of Scotland’s first Healthcare ScienceAction Plan. Whilst in the Scottish Government he worked with UK policy colleagues on the formulation of the HCS education and training modernisation project (MSC); he is a member of the project’s Education and Training Scrutiny Group. He is also a member of the Academy for Healthcare Science Regulation Council

Rob is a registered Clinical Scientist, a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and a member of the Institute for Physics and Engineering in Medicine. Prior to his government policy role and current post, Rob worked in NHS service for over 20 years both as a clinical bioengineer in rehabilitation technology, and in other Clinical Scientist roles in medical physics departments in Scotland. He also had a short teaching sabbatical in West Africa.

He has experience in quality systems development, the commercialisation of NHS ideas and clinical research whilst in employment in NHS Greater Glasgow – where he obtained his PhD in conjunction with the respiratory physiology service. He has acted as visiting lecturer to AHP and Clinical Scientist training programmes in Scotland. Until recently Rob was a Clinical Scientist Partner with the Health Professions Council, gaining experience of the purpose and processes underpinning statutory regulation.

Claire Hardiman

Claire started her professional career at Velindre Hospital in Cardiff, where she followed Medical Physics Basic Grade Training scheme. She then spent eight years working in France as a medical physicist in a combination of research, teaching and clinical roles. Since returning to the UK Claire has worked at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, where she is now a Consultant Clinical Scientist and Radiation Protection Adviser (RPA).

As Training Coordinator for the North London Medical Physics consortium and Healthcare Science (HCS) training lead for her trust, Claire has been involved with the development and implementation of MSC training programmes since their inception. 

She is now also holds the position of Professional Lead for Medical Physics and Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences at the National School of Healthcare Science (NSHCS).

Claire has held various roles within the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), most recently as Director of the Professional & Standards Council (2013-15) and has also chaired the European Federation of Organisations for Medical Physics (EFOMP) Professional Matters Committee (2011-13).

Prof Peter Hoskins

Professor of Medical Physics and Biomechanics at the University of Edinburgh. Studied Physics at Oxford University 1977-1980. Trainee MedicalPhysicist in Lincolnshire (UK) 1980. Joined Medical Physics Department in Edinburgh in 1984. Promoted to Consultant Medical Physicist in 1998. In 2006 moved to a University appointment and gained a personal chair in 2012. Higher degrees and Fellowships are: PhD (1990), FIPEM (1994), FInstP (2007), DSc (2009), FHEA (2013). Prizes include IPEM Founders Prize (1993), Euroson Young Investigator Award (1993). NHS work has involved nuclear medicine, vascular ultrasound, lung function, medical lasers, diagnostic radiology, radiation protection, IPEM training coordination and R&D management. Research has been concerned with the development of ultrasound techniques for diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, patient specific modelling and elastography. Published 130 refereed journal papers, principal author of 3 books. Work is cited over 2000 times and h-index is 27. Teaching has included: Programme Director and Director of Studies (MSc in Biomechanics 2011-13); theme leader Imaging Sciences (online MSc on medical imaging 2013-present); course leader Cardiovascular Biomechanics (2010-present, 20 credits), Ultrasound Physics and Technology (2013-present 10 credits), Physics of Imaging (2013-present). Awarded PGCert in University Teaching (2012). Professional duties have included: standards, technical reports and guidance on testing of ultrasound systems (IPEM, BMUS, IEC); organisation of conferences and workshops; peer review for journals and grant giving bodies; development of Professional Societies (BMUS, IPEM). Current professional activities include: Member Editorial Advisory Board of Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions UFFC, President Elect of IPEM.

Prof Stephen Keevil

Stephen Keevil has 30 years’ experience as a medical physicist in academia and the NHS. He is currently Consultant Physicist, Head of Magnetic Resonance Physics and Research and Development Lead for Imaging and Biomedical Engineering at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He is also Professor of Medial Physics and Director of the King’s Technology Evaluation Centre (KiTEC) at King’s College London. Professor Keevil has a long track record of involvement with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), including membership of the Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) London Regional Advisory Committee (2010-2014) and of the Healthcare Scientist Fellowship Scheme Review Panel (2009-2010 and 2012-2015), and has managed various NIHR funding streams within his own Trust. He is currently a member of the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) Imaging Strategy Group, chaired by ProfessorStephen Smye. Professor Keevil is Immediate Past President of IPEM.

Graham Mockler

Graham Mockler is the Head of Accreditation at the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care. The Authority oversees the nine UK health and care professional regulators, accredits organisations that register health and care practitioners in unregulated occupations and provides policy advice to Ministers and others. Within the Authority, Graham leads the Accredited Registers programme responsible for assessing organisations that register practitioners who are not regulated by law and that work both within and outside the NHS. Graham has a background in healthcare accreditation, quality assurance and project management, having worked for a number of regulatory and professional bodies in England and Australia.

Andy Mosson

Andy is the renal technical manager in the Churchill Hospital in Oxford and has been working with medical equipment, both in the NHS and in the private sector, since 1973. He has been involved in the Register for Clinical Technologists since 2003 initially as an ART representative and now as registrar. He is a past chairman of the Association of Renal Technologists and currently represents ART on the British Standards Institution committees for electrical safety of medical equipment and for specific renal standards.

Paul O'Mahoney

Hello! I’m Paul, and I’m a scientist. More specifically, I do research in to various aspects of photodynamic therapy (PDT) at Ninewells Hospital,Dundee. Although typically synonymous with dermatology, we also have interests in areas such as neurology, bronchoscopy and urology – if you can get an optical fibre in there, you have our attention! I previously completed my PhD at the University of Dundee, looking at novel ways of sorting blood cells with lasers and ultrasound, and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering at the same university.

When I’ve been particularly well behaved, I get to go out and play in the world of science communication. So far I have been involved several outreach events in my academic life, such as the IOP’s ‘Lab in a Lorry’, University open days, ‘Bang Goes the Borders’, and of course, ‘I’m a Scientist Get Me Out of Here’. I plan to take forward my experiences from all of these events and develop more activities and exhibits that we can take round schools and science festivals.

Dr Stephanie Snow

Stephanie Snow is a historian of medicine and science at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology & Medicine, University of Manchester and affiliate of the Health, Policy and Politics Organisation Group. Author of Blessed Days of Anaesthesia: How Anaesthetics Changed the World (2008) which won Highly Commended in the History Today/Longman Book of the Year Awards, her publications range from nineteenth century medicine and science to the contemporary history of health and care. Her core interest lies in analysing and understanding the relations between the knowledge, practice and performance of medicine and science across periods, social contexts, cultures and geographies. She is currently working on a global history of stroke since the 1950s and a recent history of Guy’s and St Thomas’ in London which will be published by Bloomsbury. A member of the national History & Policy network, her work aims to create history that is relevant to current concerns around health and medicine and can be used to inform and influence policymaking and practice. In January 2017 she will be taking up a Wellcome Trust University Award to work on the history of quality in healthcare since the 1950s.

Dr Jenna Stevens-Smith

Dr Jenna Stevens-Smith is an engagement professional with an imaginative appreciation of science and engineering. She has a BEng and PhD in bioengineering and has been working in the field since 2007. In her role at Imperial Dr Stevens-Smith leads on national policy initiatives for the discipline including recognition, health innovation and diversity and was appointed Director of the UK's largest bioengineering conference in 2014. Within the Department of Bioengineering Dr Stevens-Smith works closely with academics, researchers and students on engagement with research and innovation initiatives.  

Dr Heather Williams

Dr Heather Williams is a Senior Medical Physicist for Nuclear Medicine at Central Manchester University Hospitals and honorary Lecturer at the University of Manchester, and has a particular interest in positron emission tomography (PET) and remains active in imaging research. Heather is also a Director of ScienceGrrl,  chair of the Women in Physics Group at the Institute of Physics, secretary to the UK PET Physics Group and representative of the UK PET community within the IPEM Nuclear Medicine Special Interest Group. 

Heather also likes standing up and talking about science, and encouraging others (particularly women) to do so. She is a Leading Light of the STEMNET ambassador programme, and in 2014, reached the north-west final of FameLab and was recognised as one of the top communicators in the UK Science Council’s list of 100 top practising scientists. In 2015, she received an alumni laureate from Nottingham University for her work with ScienceGrrl towards gender equality in the sciences. This year, she made her debut at Cheltenham Science Festival, discussing Einstein’s lesser-known ideas with Prof Jim Al-Khalili.

When she's not busy with all that, Heather enjoys running, hiking and introducing her sons to the wonders of the universe, often at the same time.

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