Second cohort receive the IPEM MRSE Certificate of Competence

THE second cohort of the new IPEM Magnetic Resonance Safety Expert certification scheme in the UK have received their certificates.

The IPEM MRSE Certificate of Competence opened in September 2021 and the second cohort of participants have now received their certificates.

Dr Jonathan Phillips is an IPEM Member and is the Magnetic Resonance Physics Lead at Singleton Hospital, Swansea Bay University Health Board. He is the first recipient of the certificate who is based in Wales.


Sarah Prescott is an IPEM Member and Clinical Scientist in the medical physics department at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust in Stoke-On-Trent.


Cameron Ingham is an Associate Member of IPEM and is a Route 2 Trainee Clinical Scientist in the medical physics department at University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust in Poole.


Knowledge and experience

The MRSE certification model IPEM has adopted requires both knowledge and experience. Successful applicants need to demonstrate knowledge by successfully completing the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety (ABMRS) MRSE exam. The MR experience of an applicant will be assessed from a structured portfolio demonstrating a broad range of MRSE activities. There are, however, no specific requirements, achievements, education, or certification requirements as to who can apply to take the MRSE examination.

IPEM’s Professional and Standards Council in January 2020 approved a MRSE proposal from an IPEM task and finish group on the subject, which supported the knowledge and experience route to certification. This included the requirement to undertake the ABMRS MRSE exam as the process by which sufficient MRSE knowledge can be demonstrated.

IPEM has been represented on the ABMRS board of directors since 2015 and has contributed towards the development of ABMRS exam questions and standard setting. A Memorandum of Understanding between IPEM and the ABMRS was signed in September 2020 by Professor Stephen O’Connor, IPEM’s Past President, and Dr Heidi Edmonson, Chair of the Board of Directors of ABMRS, which has helped to pave the way for the UK certification.

Dr Robert Farley, IPEM’s President, said: ‘Congratulations to Jonathan, Sarah and Cameron on successfully completing the MRSE Certificate of Competence.’

For more information follow the link below.

MRSE Certificate of Competence