Kathryn Morris, PgDip Therapeutic Radiography, placement opportunities, LSBU alumni
From Police Force Analyst, to Radiographer at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
After 7 years in the police force, Kathryn was ready for a change. Keen to make use of her physics degree, the 2 year PgDip Therapeutic Radiography seemed an ideal fit.
Already based in London, the central location of LSBU really helped, and Kathryn received a bursary to help with living costs. Tuition fees were paid for as part of the her programme.
Researching the course, Kathryn found the vocational focus of LSBU ideal. Half her time was spent on placement at Guy's and St Thomas' and the other half studying. Classes were structured to allow for plenty of time to ask questions and get the support needed – crucial for a clinical programme.
The placement was a key motivator – Guy's and St Thomas' is a great teaching institution, steeped in history. Kathryn spent two years at the Trust, rotating each 2-3 weeks to gain experience across the department. Staff were inspirational and supported her throughout.
The combination of placement and studying clearly paid off – Kathryn was the first person to get a distinction and received an academic achievement award from LSBU, which came with a year's membership to the Society of Radiographers.
Becoming a Student Ambassador was an unexpected highlight of Kathryn's time at LSBU, and being able to promote science to school children was a real bonus! It also meant she got to know students on other LSBU courses and staff really well.
"The sky's the limit!"
After graduating, Kathryn successfully applied for a permanent job at Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital, beating 90 other candidates. Since then, she has completed further post-graduate study, and came back to LSBU to study for a couple of modules to qualify as an accredited practice educator.
Kathryn's recently been promoted to a senior role as Radiotherapy Lead for the Cancer Information System, which combines her previous management and IT experience with her clinical expertise. It's a fantastic opportunity to develop the department's use of technology to support a more efficient, paperless pathway.
This project is vital for the success of multi-site and multi-disciplinary working in Radiotherapy as the departmental plans for a satellite centre and new Cancer Centre at Guys are implemented.
I'd definitely recommend studying at LSBU – they partner with great institutions, are very supportive towards their students and course delivery was great. Being able to access information at home and download course material immediately really made a difference too.