Title: Clinical Scientist - Deputy Head of Section
Email: james.scuffham@nhs.net
Phone: 01483 406708
Section: Nuclear Medicine

I completed my undergraduate study in Physics at Imperial College London in 2001, and remained there to study for a PhD in Space Physics, for which I developed an empirical model of the magnetosphere of Mercury and used it for instrument planning for the ESA BepiColombo mission. Turning my attention to more terrestrial matters after my PhD, I successfully applied to the NHS training scheme for Clinical Scientists and studied for a part-time Masters in Medical Physics at the University of Surrey, graduating in 2006. I completed basic training in ultrasound, MRI and Nuclear Medicine at St George’s Hospital, the Royal Marsden Hospital, and the Royal Surrey County Hospital. I took up a permanent post in Nuclear Medicine the Royal Surrey in 2006 and have been here ever since. In 2010, I was awarded an NIHR CSO Fellowship, which enabled me to work part-time on a research project in collaboration with the University of Surrey and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. This involved investigating the use of a small-pixel solid state radiation detector with high spectral resolution for imaging applications in neurology. In 2015 I was seconded for 18 months to the NIHR Clinical Research Network in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and worked as their Professional Lead for Radiation Services. This involved providing advice and support to NHS Trusts in the region regarding the use of radiation in clinical trials. I was also involved in developing local strategies for streamlining study set-up and harmonising trial costing. My current role at the Royal Surrey includes lead responsibility for Research and Development, which includes coordinating our involvement in clinical trials. I am also an Associate Tutor at the University of Surrey, where I lecture on the MSc Medical Physics course and co-supervise several PhD students.