City, University of London. West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust, Society and College of Radiographers
Ultrasound Programme Director and Lead for Teaching Excellence (City, University of London) and Professional Officer (Ultrasound) for the Society and College of Radiographers.
City, University of London & the Society and College of Radiographers
Favourite thing to do in my job: Seeing a student suddenly understand how to achieve a good image. Also watching ex-student's careers develop and their confidence grow.
I am a radiographer who specialised in ultrasound scanning. Currently I run the ultrasound programme at City, University of London.
I was born in Lancashire and now live in the south of England.
I love ultrasound scanning, teaching and coaching to help people reach their potential. When I’m not doing that I spend time travelling and using a real camera to get snapshots of the latest adventures.
I am a radiographer who specialised in ultrasound scanning. I also run the ultrasound programme, so spent a lot of time teaching ultrasound and working with the Society and College of Radiographers on professional and educational developments in ultrasound
In my main role I lead and teach on the ultrasound programme. I teach obstetrics, abdominal and gynaecology ultrasound, as well as professional issues including communication, to make sure my students can explain unexpected findings to patients and write reports for the doctors. We work with students in our skills suite (see picture), to help them to learn the skills they need to be good sonographers (ultrasound practitioners). We have a simulator for students to learn how to move the probe and understand how the buttons on the machine can be used to achieve good quality images.
One day per week I work for the Society and College of Radiographers, helping to promote ultrasound and develop practice to cope with future changes in healthcare. I also continue to scan on a regular basis, so that I can still meet patients and do the job I love.
My Typical Day
There is no typical day! Every day is varied.
Some days I am teaching all day. At other times I might be setting exams, marking, assessing students in their clinical department or developing e-learning resources. Sometimes I am doing research into how best to teach students about ultrasound or how to hold the ultrasound probe (transducer) so that they don’t injure themselves.
When I’m not teaching, I might be chasing a baby around it’s mum’s abdomen to try and get a good picture or scanning adults with pain, to see if I can find the cause so that they can get the correct treatment.
A link to the day in the life of an ultrasound programme director gives an idea of what the first day of term is like for me: https://www.sor.org/news/day-life-ultrasound-programme-director-muam
My favourite CHRISTMAS LECTURE memory is:
It has to be watching the horse this year empty it's bladder all over the floor during rehearsal. It made me want to scan the bladder to see what the capacity was and how that compared with humans!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Professional & always eating!
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Go into teaching, so I could inspire more people to do the job I love.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
All the excellent teachers from my past.
What was your favourite subject at school?
Geography - I had a great teacher who inspired me
What did you want to be after you left school?
Something in healthcare, but not nursing (I was quite clear about that, but not sure why). Other than that I was open to suggestions.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not really, I'd have been in trouble with my dad! Often for using my finger as a rubber when using pencils!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Varies depending on my mood. Anything from AC/DC to the latest chart hits. If it's live music almost anything goes.
What is the most fun thing you've done?
The most recent thing was white water rafting in Nepal.
Tell us a joke.
Usually forget them. Being in Nepal for Christmas meant that I don't even have any cracker jokes to share.