GOLD Medals and other awards have been presented to IPEM members who have made outstanding contributions in their field of work.
The IPEM prizes and awards programme, which was fully updated three years ago, introduced Gold Medal awards for IPEM members who have made outstanding contributions in academia, innovation and healthcare, as well as recognition for the achievements of early career members.
Academic Gold Medal
Dr Martin Graves has been awarded with the Academic Gold Medal for his work in the field of magnetic resonance imaging.
An IPEM Fellow, Dr Graves is a consultant Clinical Scientist and Head of the MR Physics Group and Lead for Radiology IT at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and holds an Affiliated Lectureship at the University of Cambridge Clinical School.
His work in MRI has included working on techniques for real-time interactive MRI and the development of quantitative biomarkers in oncological and neurovascular imaging. In addition to more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications, Dr Graves has also co-authored a number of books, most notably the award-winning MRI: From Picture to Proton, as well as Physics MCQs for the Part 1 FRCR and The Physics and Mathematics of MRI.
Dr Graves has contributed to a number of organisations, including IPEM, where he is a member of the Clinical Imaging Board, the British Institute of Radiology, where he is chair of the MR Special Interest Group, and in 2018 he was made a Fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, for his contribution in oncological and vessel wall imaging and MRI education and training. His contributions to clinical radiology in the UK were recognised in 2016 when he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal College of Radiologists
After graduating in Physics with Medical Applications from the University of London in 1984, he started as a probationary basic grade physicist working on one of the first commercial MRI systems at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London. Whilst there, he undertook an MSc in Medical Electronics and Physics, and developed various electronic systems for both the MRI system and a home-built system for investigating NMR relaxation dispersion studies. He then moved to United Medical and Dental Schools (UMDS) at Guy’s Hospital as a research associate working on a 1.5T Philips system primarily in the area of blood flow imaging.
In 1989 he was appointed as a senior physicist in the NHS Department of Clinical Physics and Bioengineering at Guy’s and continued to work in MRI and scientific computing. He then moved in 1992 to St. George’s Hospital in south London as principal physicist in MRI. Throughout this time he collaborated with St. Martin’s College in Lancaster (now the University of Cumbria), developing the UK’s first MSc in MRI for Radiographers. Dr Graves gained his PhD in 2010.
Throughout his career, Dr Graves has been involved in the training and mentoring of Grade A/Part I/II and STP candidates, as well as acting as a lead co-supervisor for many PhD students at the University of Cambridge Department of Radiology.
Dr Graves said: ‘I am extremely proud and delighted to receive the 2018 Academic Gold Medal. The award reflects my dedication, over the last 34 years, to the development of MRI methods, applications and teaching. But most importantly it acknowledges the support of my family as well as the contributions of my collaborators, students and colleagues, particularly the fantastic MR Physics and Radiology team in Cambridge, without whom I could not have achieved this honour. I am extremely grateful to them and IPEM.’
Healthcare Gold Medal
Dr Colin Martin has been awarded with the Healthcare Gold Medal after a lifetime working in radiation protection.
Although now retired, he continues to make a significant contribution to his field of healthcare, including being a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Radiological Protection, a member of the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) Committee 3: Protection in Medicine, Vice Chair of the ICRP Task Group: Application of effective dose, and chair of IPEM’s Personal Dosimetry Working Party.
An IPEM Fellow, his contributions to radiation protection have been recognised by being awarded the Founders Prize from the Society for Radiological Protection (SRP), the British Institute of Radiology Barclay Prize for outstanding contributions to the British Journal of Radiology, and being made an Honorary Fellow of the SRP.
After gaining his BSc in Physics from the University of Birmingham in 1970, Dr Martin then completed his PhD in Mossbauer Crystallography in the Gamma-ray Physics Group. He then spent two years with the Oxford Research Unit of the Open University as a research officer in Electron Microscopy and Material Science.
In 1976 he joined the University of Aberdeen’s Department of Bio-medical Physics and Bio-engineering as a clinical physicist in ultrasound and thermography, before becoming a lecturer in medical physics specialising in radiation protection and non-ionising radiation.
In 1990 Dr Martin became the Radiation Protection Adviser for Aberdeen Royal Hospitals, and five years later became the Head of the Health Physics Service for the west of Scotland, based in Glasgow.
He successfully combined his responsibilities to the NHS with an active research career, publishing more than 200 scientific articles, including 130 papers in peer-reviewed journals on a wide range of topics. His scientific activity has also seen Dr Martin act as an adviser to the Israeli Government on the provision of a medical physics service in diagnostic radiology, and the Bosnian Government on the establishment of diagnostic reference levels.
Innovation Gold Medal
A career spent in healthcare technology innovation has led to Professor Daniel Clark being awarded the Innovation Gold Medal.
Professor Clark is Head of Clinical Engineering at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and throughout his career he has been actively involved in healthcare technology innovation, in his early days through direct personal research and more latterly by creating partnerships and environments that support the translation of research into real medical technology.
He is the driving force behind the Centre for Healthcare Technology (CHT), a partnership between the University of Nottingham and the Trust. The CHT works to address major healthcare challenges using technology to provide long-term strategic value to industry and creates a pathway from research through to clinical application, with the aim of rapidly translating scientific discoveries into healthcare. Since its launch in 2016, the CHT has more than 100 associated researchers spanning 30 research groups and has supported/developed more than 100 industry-based medical technology projects.
Additionally, Professor Clark is the founder and director of the Centre for Healthcare Equipment And Technology Adoption (CHEATA). A commercial unit set up within clinical engineering at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, it was established to help the developers and manufacturers get their medical devices NHS-ready and gather the evidence they need to help get them adopted by the NHS. He is also a member of NICE’s Medical Technology Advisory Committee and a collaborating member of both the International Federation for Medical and Biomedical Engineering Health Technology Assessment Division and Clinical Engineering Divison.
Professor Clark graduated from the University of York with a degree in physics in 1986 and immediately started work in the clinical instrumentation team at the Regional Medical Physics Department in Newcastle, where he also completed a PhD in Tissue Spectroscopy and Oximetry.
In the late 1990s, he left the NHS to work in higher and further education at the Laser Centre at Loughborough College. He then re-joined the NHS as a general manager and later took up the role of head of service for clinical engineering in Nottingham in 2001.
Professor Clark said: ‘I am delighted to have been awarded the Innovation Gold Medal. In my early career I was fortunate to be supported by a progressive, research-active department that allowed me time to develop as a research scientist as well as picking up valuable NHS operational experience. In my later career, I’ve tried to provide similar support to others by devoting time to creating environments to facilitate healthcare innovation inside the NHS, in the university sector and in industry.’
Academic Early Career award
A senior lecturer in cancer physics at University College London has been awarded the Academic Early Career award.
Dr Kate Ricketts graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Bachelor in Natural Sciences and then gained a DipIPEM Clinical Science in 2008, whilst at the same time gaining an MSc in Radiation Physics from University College London. She then gained a PhD in nanoparticle imaging and completed Clinical Scientist training in Radiotherapy Physics.
She commenced a lectureship at UCL and set up a translational research programme in patient treatment verification, which is now in clinical use and benefitting 250 patients a year.
In 2016 Dr Ricketts was promoted to senior lecturer in recognition of her teaching achievements. This included paRTner, a radiotherapy international development scheme, which she conceived and co-led. This was a group of 40 UK and Ghanaian personnel from academia, hospitals and professional bodies, with the aim of improving radiotherapy provision and quality in the developing world. Her other achievements included nanotechnology module development and translational radiotherapy research outputs.
Her academic outputs include a total of 53 publications, generating 183 citations. She has attracted a total of almost £2.4m in funding for research projects including nanoparticle-enhanced radiotherapy, 3D tumour model development, and education projects including two international radiotherapy skills development and training initiatives in China and Ghana.
Dr Ricketts is a member of the International Programme Committee member of the Biomedical Engineering Systems and Technology group and is an advisor to Ghana’s Society of Medical Physics. She is currently working with the Ghanaian Ministry of Health to deliver a training scheme to prepare for the country’s first public linear accelerator.
Healthcare Early Career award
Helping to improve the quality of patient care and safety has led to a medical physicist being awarded the Healthcare Early Careet award.
Jim Daniel, Head of treatment planning and brachytherapy at the James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, instituted a systematic approach to ensure the hospital’s processes produce plans that are high quality and quality assured.
The approach used for the majority of planning at South Tees – inverse planning – used class solutions to standardise approaches to planning a treatment site. Mr Daniel’s approach was comprehensive so that data that was previously ignored on how the plan was optimised was automatically gathered for each patient, effectively forming a knowledge base on how class solutions vary in clinical practice. This data was collated in a database and linked to patient QA deliverability data. Analysis of this data led to the development of plan guidelines for effective optimisation with the class solution.
Mr Daniel is an HSST student and has also co-authored a chapter on tomotherapy in the recent IPEM Report 81.
Spiers’ Prize for Outreach
An infectious enthusiasm and a passion to share his experiences of medical physics with younger people has won a researcher the Spiers’ Prize.
David Randall, an Associate Member at the University of Sheffield, has proactively sought out numerous opportunities for communicating and increasing awareness of medical physics to wider audiences.
In early 2018 he featured on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme for his research into the visualisation of colonoscopy via virtual reality, which he developed with Dr Peter Metherall, of the medical physics department at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield and Dr John Fenner, of Sheffield University. The virtual reality colonoscopy they have developed allows clinicians to travel inside a patient’s colon, viewing its mucosal surface in real 3D rather than in 2D as offered by a conventional monitor. His appearance on the Today programme led to a huge amount of coverage on social media.
Other work to have been featured by local and national media includes a freely available virtual reality app he developed for smartphones, which conveys the visual impact of a condition called Nystagmus.
Mr Randall has actively organised and participated in several high profile public engagement activities, including the Festival of Life, the Festival of Science and Engineering, and a World Sight Day event. He has also organised several events himself with the Sheffield Royal Institute for the Blind, where attendees had little or no previous knowledge of medical physics.
He has also been instrumental in organising and participating in an annual event in the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ medical physics department for a local school, which involved setting up and running demonstrations covering medical physics concepts that fitted with the A-level physics syllabus. Mr Randall also spoke to sixth-form teachers in the Sheffield area about medical physics.
He has also devoted time and effort to engage with younger students on longer placements and has participated in individually arranged work experience placements for more than 40 school pupils visiting the university medical school.
As a member of IPEM’s Communications Committee, he responded to an issue which had been raised over a lack of radiotherapy related outreach resources by developing a radiotherapy virtual reality experience. A video was produced which provides an experience of a radiotherapy treatment from the patient’s perspective.
Roy Ellis Patient Benefit award
A passionate belief in empowering people with disabilities has led to a Clinical Scientist being awarded the Roy Ellis Patient Benefit award.
Dr Jennifer Walsh-O’Donovan chose a career in rehabilitation to support and facilitate patients to have a voice and to provide guidance on rehabilitation services.
She volunteered to be the clinical lead to restart the Service User Forum within the Southeast Mobility and Rehabilitation Technology (SMART) Centre in Edinburgh on top of her normal clinical commitments.
The original service group consisted of five service users representing each of the services in SMART, but there were no children in the group so she set about establishing a paediatric group, organising an open day for paediatric service users to showcase the range of services provided by SMART.
Detailed feedback was gained from the day and Dr Walsh-O’Donovan themed it into the main areas of improvement that had been identified, which was used to guide strategic planning in the area of service and centre development.
She led on the development of a SMART mascot using drawings produced during the open day to develop a family of mascots with disabilities with the aim of normalising disability. Dr Walsh-O’Donovan is currently on a career break but she aims to return to work on this once her career break ends.
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