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Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging Advisory Group (NMMAG)

The field of nuclear medicine is developing and expanding with hybrid imaging now an increasing part of standard clinical practices for certain groups of patients.

Molecular imaging and gene based therapies will expand nuclear medicine yet further.

Nuclear medicine practice faces many challenges including workforce, education, regulation and security of supply of radioisotopes for imaging.

The Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Advisory Group (NMMAG) will support and encourage education in Nuclear Medicine and promote educational programmes in the field by:

  • Providing information and advice to support the Society And College Of Radiographers (SCoR) in strategy development
  • Promoting SCoR policies, strategies and publications within the context of nuclear medicine to the benefit of services, practitioners and patients
  • Promoting membership of the SoR by nuclear medicine practitioners enabling practitioners and services to benefit from SCoR’s established leadership in medical imaging, radiation therapy and oncology.
  • Delivering an annual work plan that supports the aims of the SoR about nuclear medicine and molecular imaging.

The spectrum of nuclear medicine practice encompasses imaging, hybrid techniques, therapy/treatment, and in-vitro studies.

NMMAG Members

 

CHAIR: Angela Meadows MSc BHSc
Unit Manager, Alliance Medic

Angela works at Alliance Medical and is responsible for managing the NHS imaging service partnerships at the Preston PET-CT Centre (Royal Preston Hospital Lancashire) and the Westmorland MRI Centre (Westmorland General Hospital Cumbria).
Angela has worked in imaging service management for over 10 years, managing PET CT and MRI / CT imaging partnerships in both the public and private sectors. Before this, Angela supported undergraduate radiographers as a Clinical Tutor for the University of Cumbria at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
Angela’s specific interests are in PET CT, research, paediatric NM imaging and MRI safety. Angela has an MSc in Advanced Practice Nuclear Medicine and has been working as part of the Nuclear Medicine Advisory Group for approximately 4 years.
Nick Gulliver

Nick originally studied physics at university specialising in applied radiation and medical physics and began working in nuclear medicine as a medical technical officer in 1998.  He then undertook formal clinical scientist training and worked as a registered medical physicist before returning to a clinical technologist role.  He has worked in Nuclear medicine departments at several large teaching hospitals in London including now King’s College Hospital where he has been since 2014.  Nick has lectured at national and international conferences and courses on general nuclear medicine and PET-CT including BNMS, EANM and Balkan (BCNM) congresses. His current advanced practitioner role is as chief clinical technologist and departmental manager at King’s which includes technologist reporting, cross-site management of activity and performance, service delivery & improvement, staff and financial management, research and clinical audit & governance.

Recently, Nick has been was a member of the Technologist Committee of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine and was committee representative to European School of Multimodality Imaging & Therapy (ESMIT). Nick is currently chair of the BNMS Radiographers, Technologists and Nurses Group (RTNG). Nick is a moderator for IPEM’s clinical technologist education & training panel and is on the Register of Clinical Technologists and the Academy for Health Science practitioner register.

Nick is a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London.

Tristan Barnden Tristan qualified as a Radiographer in 2004, working within the NHS in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. He completed his Postgraduate training in Nuclear medicine in 2008 taking charge of his own department in 2010. He is currently Trust Lead Superintendent for Nuclear Medicine for the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. In 2015 he completed his Cardiac Stress Leaders Postgraduate qualification and maintains a strong interest in Nuclear Cardiology, and extended roles for Radiographer and other Non-Medical Practitioners in this field.

He works as a sessional lecturer for London Southbank University and enjoy helping to train and educate the next generation of Radiographers and promote Nuclear Medicine as key growth area for the future.

Sarah Stace

Sarah is the superintendent radiographer for Nuclear Medicine at Withybush Hospital, Pembrokeshire. The Department has a SPECT CT gamma camera that serves four district general hospitals covering a geographical area of the third of Wales. The centre provides extended working days to facilitate around 2,100 scans per annum.

The Department offers bone, renal, lung, gastric, endocrine, brain, cardiac and paediatric Nuclear medicine imaging. There is a Radiographer-led reporting service for all non-cardiac examinations.

Sarah trained at the Swansea School of Radiography and gained her MSc at City University, London. She studied for additional M level qualifications in clinical reporting and hybrid imaging and provides several reporting sessions per week.

Dr Sai Han MBBS, MSc, FRCP(Glasg)

Dr Sai Han is a Consultant in Nuclear Medicine at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Clinical Lead at the West of Scotland PET/CT Centre. He is also an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Glasgow University.

Dr Han trained in Nuclear Medicine and Hybrid imaging in the UK and USA. His main interestis in PET/CT and SPECT/CT imaging and he takes part in the North East Glasgow lung cancer MDT.

Dr Han is a member in SIGN guidelines for lung cancer 2014, the British Nuclear Medicine Society Education Committee, and the UK Nuclear Medicine Specialist Training Committee. He also contributes to FRCR IIA GI module lectures and IIB tutorials in the West of Scotland Radiology Training Scheme.

Rayjanah Allie Rayjanah Allie is a Nuclear Medicine Radiographer with experience spanning more than 20 years in private, NHS, paediatric and teaching hospitals.  She currently works as the Operational Superintendent at UCLH, where she oversees Nuclear Medicine, PETCT and PETMR.  She has participated in several publications and enjoys the mixture of clinical and managerial duties, with a keen interest in Cardiology, Paediatrics and Talent Management and Development.
John Thompson PhD MSc BSc (Hons) John is a Senior Radiographer and Lecturer in Radiography with his role split between University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Salford. In his clinical role he works within a radiopharmacy and a single gamma camera department. In his academic role, John is the module leader for Dissertation modules for MSc Advanced Medical Imaging and MSc Advanced Practice (Nuclear Medicine), where he has overseen a large number of varied MSc dissertation projects in a number of disciplines. He is also centrally involved in the delivery of MSc Advanced Practice (Nuclear Medicine). He has research responsibility in his academic role and takes part in the teaching and supervision of undergraduate, postgraduate, and PhD students.
John’s main research interests are in the areas of observer performance, visual perception and image interpretation. His PhD focussed on the value of the low-resolution CT images acquired for attenuation correction in myocardial perfusion imaging.
John is currently in the process of applying to be a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy and is also due to start teaching observer performance (ROC, JAFROC, VGA) to students on the MSc Health degree at the University of Lausanne. John is also an External Examiner for the BSc and MSc Medical Imaging degrees at the University of Leeds.
Jo Weekes

Jo is currently the Chief Clinical Radiographer at New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton and leads the Clinical Therapeutic Nuclear Medicine service. As Chief Clinical Radiographer, she is responsible for leading and developing therapeutic nuclear medicine services for the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

After qualifying as a radiographer, Jo worked in general radiography before specialising in Nuclear Medicine, undertaking the DRI at the Bradford School of Radiography, and later undertaking an MSc in Diagnostic Imaging at Oxford University (Wolfson College) with Dr Basil Shepstone.
Jo also has experience of CT and MRI both in the human and veterinary field, having worked in acute and specialist hospitals, plus gaining 13 years’ experience in equine and veterinary hospitals.

She has previous experience of University teaching at Oxford (MSc Diagnostic Imaging and FRCR Part 1) and has published various papers as well as contributing to various chapters in the textbook “Equine Scintigraphy”. Jo also has presented at National and International Conferences.

Key Interests: Service Development / Professional Development / Clinical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Nuclear Medicine / Research and Veterinary Nuclear Medicine

Frances Hogg  
David Wynn Jones MSc DCR(R) DRI CRadP MSRP

David currently leads the Nuclear Medicine service in North Wales for the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. As Principal Radiographer, he is responsible for leading and developing nuclear medicine services for the region, and has responsibility for services at three acute sites, as well as the provision of PET/CT imaging for the region

After qualifying as a radiographer at the Shropshire School of Radiography in 1989, David worked in general radiography before specialising in Nuclear Medicine, undertaking the DRI at the Birmingham School of Radiography (led by Ken Holmes and Dr Keith Harding) in 1992, and later undertaking an MSc in Nuclear Medicine at Salford University with Professor Peter Hogg.

David has experience of CT and MRI also, having worked in acute and specialist hospitals, and some previous experience of University teaching, as part time lecturer at City University, London, and as a visiting lecturer and examiner for Bangor University. Former honorary posts also include Honorary Research Fellow, and Honorary Lecturer at Salford.
David is a former ARSAC committee member, having served for over 8 years, giving a radiographic perspective to the work of the committee, advising Government.

As well as contributing to the Nuclear Medicine chapters in both editions of the textbook ‘Carver & Carver - Medical Imaging’, David has published a textbook entitled ‘Practical SPECT/CT’, with Springer, bringing together international experts for the benefit of nuclear medicine practice.

David is currently completing a Professional Doctorate at Bangor University – specialising in ‘Implementation Science’ – gaining expertise and knowledge by researching into ‘why evidence does not always find its way into clinical practice’.
As well as the above, some time is also found to assist the CQC as a specialist adviser for Radiology / Nuclear medicine, undertaking regular inspection work and advising as appropriate.
David has recently served as Chair of NMMAG at the SCoR for 4 years and continues to be an active advisory group member.

Key Interests: Service Development / Professional Development / Radiation Protection / Regulation / Clinical Nuclear Medicine and Research.

David Williams David started his Radiography career at the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar in Gosport and had the unique distinction of being the last radiographer to achieve the DCR(R) at the Royal Naval School of Radiography, before it became the Tri-Service school and moved to Woolwich.
After a mixed career he was the lead for the Specials examinations at Haslar when he was offered the opportunity to work with the Army at Queen Elizabeth Military Hospital in Woolwich, during which time he completed the DRNI at Guy’s Hospital.
Returning to the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar he commenced his Masters Degree in Nuclear Medicine at Portsmouth University.  During this period, he was mainly involved in the Specials and Angiography at Haslar, with short spells in Nuclear Medicine, before taking redundancy under the “Options for Change” programme. He completed his MSc as a civilian.
At this point exploring his options, he took a one month locum contract with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust to work in Nuclear Medicine and is still there some 21 years later.
He studied for his Professional Doctorate at Portsmouth University, and was awarded a PGD in Advanced Medical Research when he had to leave the course due to personal issues.
He has the privilege of being the Superintendent Radiographer for Nuclear Medicine  at Portsmouth hospitals, a post he has held since 2010.

He also now holds the distinction of being the only Nuclear Medicine professional trained by the UK Armed Forces and still practicing.
He has previously been a member of  the Molecular Imaging specialist group of the British Institute of Radiology.
His present interests are across the whole of Nuclear Medicine, but he has a special interest  in the changes occurring in Nuclear medicine and how these can be addressed to ensure a secure future for the profession.

Clare Moody

Clare is a senior research radiographer at Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust.  After gaining a BHSc (Hons) at Leeds University in 1999 she worked in general radiography at Hull Royal Infirmary before moving to the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust in 2000. Clare was promoted to Senior CT Radiographer in 2004 before moving into Research Radiography in 2011.

She has enhanced her professional qualifications by completing a Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Imaging in 2003 at Sheffield Hallam University, a Radiopharmaceuticals course at Kings College London in 2011 and gained a distinction for a Postgraduate Diploma in Nuclear Medicine Imaging at Salford University in 2016.

Clare has experience in general radiography, CT, MRI and PET/CT.  She also currently works in collaboration with Newcastle University in PET/MRI.  Clare’s main responsibilities involve the evaluation, implementation and data management of research studies/clinical trials in areas such as oncology, haematology, cardiology and paediatrics.

Clare works with the Department of Health and Social Care as an active member of the ARSAC committee where she reviews research applications which require the use of radioactive substances.  Clare has presented at conferences both locally and nationally on Dementia imaging in PET/CT.

Vas Nevrides UK Council member  
Sue Johnson

Professional officer for Clinical Imaging

Lead Officer for NMMAG

Valerie Asamah Administrator

 

 

 

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