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Cumbria research to be presented at national radiography conference

Dr Paul Miller

A national shortage of sonographers and an investigation of how experienced radiographers report domestic abuse of the elderly are among six papers emerging from the University of Cumbria’s Medical and Sport Sciences department, accepted for presentation at this summer’s UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress (UKRCO) in Liverpool.

“Annually 40 million medical imaging tests are conducted in the English National Health Service alone and while the technical aspects of these procedures are important there’s a wide range of social and psychological concerns that affect clinicians, patients and educators,” Dr Paul Miller, senior lecturer in research methods and social psychology at the University of Cumbria, said.

Dr Miller and his colleagues work within the Social Issues in Medical Imaging (SIMI) research group based at the university. A set of national and international academics and clinicians, the group has a growing reputation for conducting relevant, timely research that considers everyday practice as well as clinician and patient wellbeing.

The UKRCO conference follows last years’ event in Manchester at which the University of Cumbria had nine papers accepted and attracted support and interest during an event billed as the ‘who’s who’ of the radiological world.

“This is an opportunity to showcase the work we do at the University of Cumbria before an international audience, and it’s heartening that the work here is getting the recognition it deserves,” Dr Miller added.

References:

Bolton, G.C., Booth, L. and Miller, P.K. (2018) ‘Sonographers’ experiences of work-related musculoskeletal disorder: The everyday consequences of physiological stress and injury in contemporary ultrasound’, UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Liverpool ACC, 2nd to 4th July 2018.

Croft, R., Miller, P.K., Booth, L. and Bates, E.A. (2018) ‘Detecting and reporting domestic abuse of the elderly: Mapping the concerns of experienced radiographers’, UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Liverpool ACC, 2nd to 4th July 2018.

Harris, D., Smart, S., Gill, R., Miller, Paul K., Bolton, G.C., Waring, L. and Marland, A. (2018) ‘The impacts of a clinically-orientated approach to teaching physics in ultrasound to sonography students’, UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Liverpool ACC, 2nd to 4th July 2018.

Sloane, C. and Miller, P.K. (2018) ‘Coping and the plain radiography student: Professionalism and the crippling dilemma of accountability before and after graduation’, UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Liverpool ACC, 2nd to 4th July 2018.

Waring, L., Miller, P.K., Marland, A. and Smart, S. (2018) ‘Addressing the UK’s sonographer shortage through new initiatives higher education: Evaluating the perspectives of ultrasound unit managers’, UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Liverpool ACC, 2nd to 4th July 2018.

Waring, L., Miller, P.K., Sloane, C. and Bolton, G.C. (2018) ‘Charting the practical dimensions of understaffing from a managerial perspective: everyday consequences of the UK’s sonographer shortage’, UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Liverpool ACC, 2nd to 4th July 2018.

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