Catherine Holborn works as a senior lecturer in the Radiotherapy and Oncology team as part of the Allied Health Department in the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences. The majority of her work focuses on Post-Registration and Postgraduate provision in Radiotherapy, Oncology and Supportive Care.
Her specialist area is Prostate Cancer. She has a keen interest in the delivery of education in this field, that supports the professional development of healthcare professionals working with those affected by prostate cancer and enables them to make a positive impact on the care they receive. Catherine’s work primarily involves online, distance learning and as such she has acquired a great deal of experience in this type of delivery.
Catherine works as a senior lecturer in the Radiotherapy and Oncology team as part of the Allied Health Department in the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences. She teaches on both the pre-registration and post-registration and postgraduate courses offered within this team. On the pre-registration Radiotherapy and Oncology courses (BSc and pre-reg PGD), she teaches about prostate cancer and also acts as a Professional Development Facilitator, helping to facilitate student learning whilst on clinical placement.
Previously, on both the pre-registration and post-registration courses, Catherine has also taught about Image Guided Radiotherapy and Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy, and she continues to have an active interest in this field, in particular, the impact these technical advances have on clinical outcomes.
The majority of her work focuses on Post-Registration and postgraduate provision in Radiotherapy, Oncology and Supportive Care. Her specialist area is prostate cancer and she has a keen interest in the delivery of education in this field, that supports the professional development of healthcare professionals working with those affected by prostate cancer, and enables them to make a positive impact on the care they receive.
Catherine has designed and delivers two MSc modules related to prostate cancer and advancing care in this field. She also developed, and is now course leader for, the full MSc in Prostate Cancer Care which is the first of its kind.
She works closely with Prostate Cancer UK, which supports the provision of this education, and she is a member of their Education Advisory Group.
The PG Radiotherapy, Oncology and Supportive Care team offer five MSc awards in total, and Catherine has also previously acted as course leader on the MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology and the MSc Advanced Practice (Radiotherapy and Oncology). All of these awards are fully online, distance learning courses, and as such she has acquired a great deal of experience in this type of delivery.
Catherine and the PG team within which she works are committed to the continual enhancement of the student learning experience and embrace the use of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) in order to achieve this, and also provide new and innovative approaches to education. For example, in October-November 2014, Catherine and her colleague David Eddy (Flexible Learning lead for the College), co-delivered Hallam's first free Open, Online Course called ‘Enhancing Prostate Cancer Care’ with the support of pebblePAD and Prostate Cancer UK. An overview of this was presented at the Annual Learning and Technology (ALT) conference in September 2015.
Prior to working at Sheffield Hallam University Catherine qualified as a Therapy Radiographer in 1998 and started work at Cookridge Hospital in Leeds. In 2001, she started work at Nottingham City Hospital, eventually being promoted to the superintendent radiographer/team leader role. In 2003, Catherine started work at Hallam.
Specialist areas of interest
Impact on Practice
College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences
Radiotherapy and Oncology
BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology
PGD Radiotherapy and Oncology in Practice (with eligibility for registration)
MSc Prostate Cancer Care
MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology
Cooke, A., & Holborn, C. (2023). Measuring and improving radiotherapy delivery efficiency. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 22. http://doi.org/10.1017/s146039692200005x
Binks, L., Drury-Smith, H., & Holborn, C. (2021). The psychological impact of prostate cancer after treatment: a critical review of the literature. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1460396921000455
Sykes, A., Taylor, A., Holborn, C., Allen, D., Ferguson, C., & Din, O. (2020). Raising the subject – let’s talk about erectile dysfunction. Radiography, 26, S31. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2019.11.078
Hallam, E., & Holborn, C. (2020). A critical evaluation of the impact of the consultant practitioner role in the management of late effects. Radiography, 26, S14-S15. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2019.11.036
Binks, L., & Holborn, C. (2020). The psychological impact of prostate cancer after treatment: a critical review of the literature. Radiography, 26 (Supp1), S33-S34. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2019.11.084
Chauhan, M., Holch, P., & Holborn, C. (2018). Assessing the information and support needs of radical prostate cancer patients and acceptability of a group-based treatment review: a questionnaire and qualitative interview study. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 17 (2), 151-161. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1460396917000644
McConkey, R.W., & Holborn, C. (2018). Exploring the lived experience of gay men with prostate cancer: A phenomenological study. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 33, 62-69. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejon.2018.01.013
Poon, M., Holborn, C., Cheng, K.F., Fung, W.W.K., & Chiu, G. (2017). Evaluation of deformed image-based dose calculations for adaptive radiotherapy of nasopharyngeal carcinoma. Medical dosimetry : official journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.meddos.2017.06.001
Hill, G., & Holborn, C. (2015). Sexual minority experiences of cancer care : a systematic review. Journal of Cancer Policy, 6, 11-22. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcpo.2015.08.005
Chetiyawardana, G., Holborn, C., Hoskin, P., & Tsang, Y. (2020). Can empty bladder filling protocol be implemented for localised prostate external beam radiotherapy? RADIOTHERAPY AND ONCOLOGY, 152, S1020.
Ghattaure, M., Holborn, C., & Holch, P. (2016). Assessing the information and support needs of radical prostate cancer patients and acceptability of a group based treatment review: a questionnaire and qualitative interview study. PSYCHO-ONCOLOGY, 25, 14-15.
Poon, M., Cheng, K.F., Fung, W.W.K., Chiu, G., & Holborn, C. (2014). Evaluation of Deformed Image-Based Dose Calculations for Adaptive Radiation Therapy of Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma. International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics, 90 (1), S107. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijrobp.2014.05.523
Holborn, C., & Perry, R. (2019). Image‐guided Radiotherapy and Treatment Verification. In Practical Radiotherapy Physics and Equipment. (3rd). John Wiley & Sons