Joanna McNamara

Mrs Jo McNamara

Senior Lecturer and Admission Tutor


I work as a Senior Lecturer within the Radiotherapy & Oncology team, which sits within Allied Health. I also work within the recruitment team for the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences.


I graduated as a Therapeutic Radiographer in 2004 from Sheffield Hallam University and worked clinically at Leicester Royal Infirmary and Weston Park Hospital.

I had many areas of interest as a Therapeutic Radiographer (Femcare, ultrasound, radiographer review and research) and I particularly enjoyed educating and supporting students education within the clinical environment.

I started as Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University in 2009 and undertook the role of the Placement Link with Weston Park Hospital.

During my time at Sheffield Hallam I have been privileged to work within a variety of roles, including Interprofessional Education AHP Lead, Course Leader, Clinical Lead and Assessment Lead.

I am currently the Admissions Lead for the Pre-registration courses and also support the college with recruitment.

I am the Placement Link Tutor (PLT) at Weston Park Hospital.

Anatomy & Physiology
Life Support Training
Technology Enhanced Learning
Distance Learning
STEMnet Ambassador
Student recruitment
Virtual Environments in Radiotherapy


College of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences

Evaluation of the Role of Digital Feedback in the Clinical Environment - Sheffield Hallam University 2015 (ongoing)

The use of Patient Opinion in Interprofessional Education 2015 (Ongoing)

How the Resilience of Student Therapy Radiographers Impacts on Retention 2014

The Recruitment and Retention of Therapy Radiographer and ODP students - Sheffield Hallam University, funded by East Midlands 2013

Radiotherapy and Oncology

I absolutely love teaching and educating students and as such I still teach on the BSc and MSc Radiotherapy courses and within Interprofessional education. 

My areas of expertise are within anatomy and physiology, image interpretation, cell biology and histopathology, skin cancer, interprofessional learning and clinical simulation.


Male Therapeutic Radiographers: Understanding and Addressing barriers to Higher Education Recruitment. 

Female Sport Student's: Barriers to Higher Education Institute Recruitment. 


Journal articles

Nightingale, J., Appleyard, R., Mcnamara, J., Panchbhaya, M., Posnett, J., & Stone, J. (2022). Gender diversity in therapeutic radiography: A mixed methods exploration of the gender influences impacting on male students' career choices. Radiography, 28 (2), 258-266.

Nightingale, J., Mcnamara, J., & Posnett, J. (2019). Challenges in recruitment and retention: Securing the therapeutic radiography workforce of the future. Radiography, 25 (1), 1-3.

Mcnamara, J., & Green, D. (2017). Digitising Feedback and Assessment in the Clinical Environment. Imaging & Therapy Practice, 12-16.

(2010). The recruitment and retention of therapy radiographers. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 17 (5), 225.

Conference papers

Nightingale, J., Appleyard, R., Mcnamara, J., Posnett, J., & Stone, J. (2020). Understanding male student perspectives on therapeutic radiography as a career choice. Radiography, 26, S2.


Mcnamara, J., Taylor, A., Untisz-sly, L., & Jacques, T. (2018). Impact of prospective departmental visit on career choice in radiotherapy. Presented at: Annual Radiotherapy Conference 2018, Newcastle, 2018

Lowes, H., Mcnamara, J., Naylor, S., Newton, E., & Timms, J. (2017). A multidisciplinary approach to teaching basic life support. Presented at: Health Education England Clinical Skills and Simulation Conference, Leeds, 2017


Jo is a senior lecturer in radiotherapy and oncology specialising in oncology, student recruitment and healthcare education. Her research looks at the recruitment and retention of student therapy radiographers and how the resilience of radiotherapy students impacts on attrition.

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