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Heather Drury-Smith BSc, MSc

Senior Lecturer in Radiotherapy and Oncology


Summary

I work 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 my work focuses on Post-Registration and Postgraduate provision in Radiotherapy, Oncology, Supportive and Palliative Care.

My specialist area is Breast Cancer and Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care. I have a keen interest in the delivery of education in this field, which supports the professional development of healthcare professionals working in the pallative care field and with those affected by breast cancer and enables them to make a positive impact on the care they receive.

About

I currently work 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. I teach 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 MSc), my specialist areas of teaching involve breast cancer, palliative care, holistic care, psychology of cancer care, lymphomas and myeloma.

The PG Radiotherapy, Oncology and Supportive Care team offer five MSc awards in total, in which I have previously acted as course leader and taken the courses through revalidation on the MSc Enhanced Radiotherapy and Oncology and the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in Radiotherapy and Oncology. All of these awards are fully online, distance learning courses, and as such I have acquired a great deal of experience in this type of delivery.

I am now the course lead for the MSc in Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care in which I have a wealth of experience in running and delivering modules on this course.

Prior to working at Sheffield Hallam University I qualified as a Therapy Radiographer in 2004.

I started my career working at Nottingham City Hospital and became a Senior Radiographer. I completed my Masters at Nottingham City Hospital and then became a team lead at Northampton General Hospital.

I then took the role of Superintendent at the hospital and Practice Educator working for the University of Hertfordshire. An opportunity then arose at Southbank University in London as a Senior Lecturer in Therapy Radiography. This furthered my career in education and the experience was invaluable in securing a position as a Senior Lecturer with Sheffield Hallam University in August 2011.

Research Interests

I have many interests in the Radiotherapy profession including advancing technology, role development, breast radiotherapy, student learning and teaching strategies and research development in radiotherapy.

Teaching

Health And Wellbeing

Radiotherapy and Oncology

  • MSc Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care
  • MSc Prostate Cancer Care
  • MSc Enhanced Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice
  • MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in Radiotherapy and Oncology
  • BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology
  • Pre-reg MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology in Practice

Publications

Other activities

I am a reviewer for the Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, I chair the cancer management research cluster group and I am currently completing a Professional Doctorate. I also hold membership as a fellow with the Higher Education Academy. 

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