Deputy Head of Dosimetry

Title: Deputy Head of Dosimetry
Section: Radiotherapy Physics

I came to Surrey in 2002 to study Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics at the University of Surrey, which included a research year at the National Physical Laboratory. While at NPL I helped to model heat transfer in the primary standard photon calorimeter with the aim of reducing measurement uncertainty and I was introduced to the world of medical physics. Following my undergraduate, I joined the Royal Surrey County Hospital as a trainee working within Radiation Protection, Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy. During this time I completed my MSc in Medical Physics and after specialising in Radiotherapy I was registered with the HCPC as a clinical scientist. Within the radiotherapy department I have been acting at the lead scientist for imaging, which includes CT scanning and on-treatment imaging used to ensure millimetre setup precision for treatment delivery. Over the past few years I have been working with the radiographer staff to setup a radiation dose optimisation group to continue to facilitate the best use of radiation imaging dose in Radiotherapy. This has led to reduced CT and on-treatment imaging dose protocols. I have also been able to contribute to establishing new techniques to reduce tumour motion and enable safe curative radiotherapy. In 2016 I started further training towards a Professional Doctorate with the Higher Specialist Scientific Training programme, which includes leadership, management and teaching training. As part of this I am conducting research into to the planning and delivery of multiple small lung tumours using a technique called SABR. This will look specifically at the impact of changes in tumour location. My current deputy head of Dosimetry and QA role at the Royal Surrey includes physics oversight of our satellite centre at East Surrey Hospital.