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Helen Best

Helen Best

Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing

Summary

Helen Best is Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University. Her responsibilities include oversight of Faculty recruitment, international, placements, strategic leadership of the faculty's taught portfolio with particular emphasis on health profession education and student commissioning, developing and monitoring delivery of the strategic plan and priorities, and overseeing resourcing.

  • About

    Helen Best is Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University. Her responsibilities include oversight of Faculty recruitment, international, placements, strategic leadership of the faculty's taught portfolio with particular emphasis on health profession education and student commissioning, developing and monitoring delivery of the strategic plan and priorities, and overseeing resourcing.

    She originally qualified as a diagnostic radiographer in 1987 and worked at various hospitals in London until 1993 when she moved to Sheffield Hallam University to take up a lecturing position. Helen is a registered radiographer with the Health and Care Professions Council and works for them as a partner visitor on course approvals across the UK. She is a member of the Society and College of Radiographers and works as an assessor to the approvals and accreditation board. Helen is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a Fellow of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education. She has been a Reviewer for the Quality Assurance Agency and External Examiner at several Higher Education Institutions. She was also an Appointed Governor for Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust from 2008-2011 prior to becoming a Trustee of SCT.

    Specialist area of interest

    Diagnostic Radiography

  • Teaching

    Health And Wellbeing

  • Publications

    Invited speaker

    Council of Deans for Health. Research Network. November 2013. Developing women’s careers in the health field - current challenges

    Presentations, individual

    The British Institute of Radiology/College of Radiographers annual conference, Glasgow 1993. Evaluation of a lead protection device for use in interventional radiology of the hepato-biliary system. Winner of RADMagazine's poster competition.

    The British Institute of Radiology/College of Radiographers annual conference. June 2005. Practice skills development in the University: reducing the burden on placement providers.

    Sixth International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference. 9th -10th July 2002. Loughborough University. The implementation of computer based assessment in pre-registration radiography education: an evaluation.

    The British Institute of Radiology/College of Radiographers annual conference. Imaging, Oncology, Science June 2002. Work in progress. The implementation of computer based assessment in pre-registration radiography education: an evaluation.

    The Learning and Teaching Institute - e-learning Week, SHU. May 2002. Computer Based Assessment using Blackboard 5.5.

    The Learning and Teaching Institute - Assessment in Focus Week, SHU. Jan 2002. Computer Based Assessment.

    The Learning and Teaching Institute, SHU. April 2001. Learning from the workplace/clinical placement.

    The British Institute of Radiology/College of Radiographers annual conference. Radiology 1998. Birmingham. June 1998. Clinical assessment, bridging the theory/practice gap, professional development: are professional development portfolios the answer?

    East Midlands Conference Centre for Nottingham Education Consortia. December 1997. Workshop: Your Professional Development Portfolio.

    The Yorkshire Branch of the Society of Radiographers Annual Conference, Scarborough, October 1997. Ethical dilemmas in Radiographic practice.

    The Learning and Teaching Institute, Sheffield Hallam University, Summer Conference. July 1997. The Professional Development Portfolio.

    The East Mercian Branch of the Society of Radiographers annual Conference, Lincoln, April 1997. Continuing Professional Development.

    The Roentgen International Centenary Congress, Birmingham 1995. The role of compression bands in radiation dose reduction to the AP lumbar spine.

    Presentations, joint papers

    The British Institute of Radiology/College of Radiographers annual conference. Imaging, Oncology, Science June 2002. Work in Progress. Supporting student learning in the complexities of skull radiography: from electronic workbook to multimedia CD-ROM John Pirrie, Cathy Dawson, Helen Best

    The British Institute of Radiology/College of Radiographers annual conference. Imaging, Oncology, Science June 2002. Work in Progress. Learning to Manage Health Information: incorporation in radiography and other allied health professions undergraduate curricula. Helen Best, Karen Booth, John Cleak, Andrew Garth

    NHS Information Authority. New Ways of Working Conference. 5th March 2002. London. Learning to Manage Health Information: incorporation in radiography and other allied health professions undergraduate curricula. Helen Best, Karen Booth, John Cleak, Andrew Garth

    The British Institute of Radiology/College of Radiographers annual conference. Imaging, Oncology, Science May 2000. Work in progress. Managing the challenges of diversity in inter-professional education.Helen Best, Karen Booth

    The British Institute of Radiology/College of Radiographers annual conference. Imaging, Oncology, Science May 2000. Work in progress. An ongoing evaluation of Inter-professional Education: 5 years experience of shared learning. Karen Booth, Helen Best.

    The British Institute of Radiology/College of Radiographers annual conference. Imaging, Oncology, Science May 2000. Work in progress. Promoting academic and personal development using a multi-disciplinary portfolio. Karen Booth, Helen Best.

    The British Institute of Radiology/College of Radiographers annual conference. Imaging, Oncology, Science May 2000. Work in progress. Supporting supervising radiographers. Sue Ward and Helen Best.

    The British Institute of Radiology/College of Radiographers annual conference. Radiology 1999. Birmingham. May 1999. A simple example of CPD for all. Neil Inns and Helen Best.

    Written Publications

    An evaluation following the introduction of computer based assessment into the learning, teaching and assessment strategy of the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography course in the School of Health and Social Care. Learning Matters. Sheffield Hallam University. May 2002.

    Learning to Manage Health Information: incorporation in radiography and other allied health professions undergraduate curricula. Helen Best, Karen Booth, John Cleak, Andrew Garth. Synergy. 2002.

    Invited speaker

    Assistant Radiographic Practitioners Conference. Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Trust. June 2005. Assistant Radiographic Practitioners: career progression through higher education.

    Council of Radiography Education Directors. December 2003. Preparing Clinical Partners for Academic Review

    Association of Operating Department Practitioners. May 2003. Computer Based Assessment.

    Council of Radiography Education Directors. December 2002. Quality Assurance Agency Academic Review.

    Proprius Conference. Operating Department Practitioners. November 2001. The 4 tier structure.

    Interprofessional Education Conference. University Hospitals of Leicester Trust. June 2001. Shared Learning: Managing the Diversity. Helen Best, Karen Booth, Robert Appleyard, Susan Walsh, Magdalene Gee, Helen Armitage.

    European Congress of Radiology, ECR 2000. March 2000, Vienna. Realities of everyday practice - the ethical dimension. Christine Ferris and Helen Best

    Poster presentations

    TIIPLE. Learning together to work together. 2nd Annual Conference. March 2001. Joint author of 5 posters. Helen Best, Karen Booth, Robert Appleyard, Susan Walsh, Magdalene Gee, Helen Armitage

  • Other activities

    Assessor to the Approvals and Accreditation Board for Society and College of Radiographers

    Partner Visitor for Health Care Professionals Council

    External Examiner at several Higher Education Institutions

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

    Fellow of the Leadership Foundation in Higher Education (FLF)

    Trustee of Sheffield City Trust (Sheffield International Venues)

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