A radiographer working in Lincolnshire’s hospitals has this week been named the UK radiographer of the year.
Jane Hall, who works as an information and support radiographer at Lincoln County Hospital, was announced as the Radiographer of the Year by the Society of Radiographers at a glittering awards ceremony at the House of Commons in London last night.
Therapy radiographers like Jane are responsible for working with patients to plan and deliver radiotherapy treatment for people with cancer. This treatment uses high-energy rays to destroy cancer cells.
The annual awards are an opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication of radiographers across the UK. They also provide the perfect opportunity to raise the profile of both the profession and radiography departments.
Jane has been a therapy radiographer for 25 years and has had a varied career including working as a clinical lecturer at City University and also in research and development, working predominantly on breast cancer trials.
Jane is currently working as an information and support radiographer, supporting people having radiotherapy treatment and their families across Lincolnshire.
She was selected for the award in recognition of the work she has done to introduce new services to help patients and their families cope with radiotherapy and the side effects of treatment, including using her time off to organise open days for staff and members of the public to explain radiotherapy.
She has also been working alongside head and neck nurse specialists to improve the management of symptoms for patients, as well as working towards creating an oncology website that patients use to access information.
Jane said: “I knew that I had been selected as regional winner, but I’m overwhelmed to find that I have also been selected for the national award. I feel very honoured, it’s lovely to be recognised in your profession and going to the House of Commons is very exciting.”
Steve Herring, the president of the Society of Radiographers, said “Every day members of the radiography profession provide excellent care and ensure that the patient comes first. Jane is an exceptional individual chosen by her colleagues for special recognition.”
One of Jane’s colleagues, radiographer Heidi Mitchell, said: “I cannot think of anyone more deserving of the award. Jane’s efforts and commitment to her role and her patients have to be recognised and commended.
“Every member of staff and patient she comes into contact with is left with no doubt about her dedication to improving the patient’s journey and quality of life. Jane never gives up trying, all the while battling through with the smile and optimism she is known for. We are so lucky to have her in our department.”
The Society of Radiographers is the trade union and professional body for the diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy workforce in the UK. The College of Radiographers is a charity which exists for the benefit of the public. Together, they shape policy and standards, pioneer new ways of working, and ensure safe and fair workplaces.