IPEM members announced as winners of two prestigious NHS England programmes

FIVE members of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine have been announced as winners of two prestigious programmes run by NHS England.

The Chief Scientific Officer’s (CSO) Knowledge Transfer Partnership Programme is a bespoke 12-month development programme which aims to improve patient care and identify new approaches to measurement and outcomes.

Of the nine healthcare scientists selected for the programme, which runs in partnership with the National Measurement System (NMS), three are IPEM members:

  • Dr Fiammetta Fedele, a consultant medical physicist who is head of a team specialising in non-ionising radiation at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. She is also the research and development lead for the Directorate of Clinical Imaging and Medical Physics at King's College London School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences.

  • Dr Geoffrey Heyes, lead physicist for stereotactic radiotherapy at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Dr John Thornton, a consultant Clinical Scientist at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

They will now work alongside other leading scientists to build long-term collaborations across clinical, research and industry sectors, exchanging skills and expertise to generate, demonstrate and spread innovative ideas to improve patient care. Find out more about their projects.

Two of the four new candidates for the 2018 CSO WISE Fellowships are also IPEM members. The programme is launched each year on International Woman’s Day and this year it attracted more than 50 applications from female healthcare scientists who will act as role models to inspire the next generation of scientists.

The Chief Scientific Officer’s WISE Fellowship Programme is a bespoke 12 month initiative, in partnership with WISE – a campaign for gender balance in science, technology and engineering. The two IPEM members are:

  • Gail Distefano, a radiotherapy medical physics expert at Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Nana Odom, a clinical engineer at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust.

The Fellowship includes a career development programme, providing mentoring support, communication and leadership skills training starting in September 2018. In addition to allocated training, activity and network days, the fellows will attend both the WISE and Chief Scientific Officer conferences. Find out more about how they think the Fellowship programme will benefit them.

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Posted: Sep 25, 2018,
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Author: Sean Edmunds
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