IPEM Honorary Fellow awarded MBE


AN Honorary Fellow of IPEM has been awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours List.

Professor Heidi Probst, a leading researcher into radiotherapy for patients diagnosed with breast cancer, was made an MBE for services to radiography.

Professor Probst is a former Director of the Health Research Institute at Sheffield Hallam University, where her research is currently looking at ways to improve the accuracy and reproducibility of breast irradiation whilst ensuring the patient experience is as positive as possible.

She is the founder and chair of the Breast Radiotherapy Interest Group and is chief investigator for two radiotherapy breast cancer studies: the SuPPORT 4 All study, which designed a novel support bra for women to wear during breast irradiation, and the RESPIRE project, to develop a series of online patient resources to support patients undergoing breath hold techniques as part of their radiotherapy.

Professor Probst said: 'I was overwhelmed that someone took the time to nominate me for this award, and I am delighted to receive it and fly the flag for all Therapeutic Radiographers and healthcare professionals that work tirelessly to improve the delivery of radiotherapy and care for patients diagnosed with cancer.

'I consider myself very fortunate to be able to work with so many amazing, talented and passionate colleagues who share the same values and goals, to keep improving radiotherapy delivery, making treatment kinder and minimising any potential side effects.'

Dr Anna Barnes, IPEM’s President, said: ‘I’m delighted Heidi has received this award. Her research to support improving outcomes for patients is crucial and this is a fitting recognition of her work in this area.’