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Melanie Clarkson

Melanie Clarkson BSc (Hons), MSc, PGCE

MSc Senior Lecturer, Clinical Lead, MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in RONC course leader, Placement Learning Tutor for JCUH, Middlesbrough

Summary

I qualified in 1999 from the University of Central England in Birmingham. On qualifying, I started work at the then named South Cleveland Radiotherapy Department.

Throughout the years I have moved through the ranks from basic grade to Superintendent Radiographer. I have always had a passion for education and training and having worked as a secondee for SHU for a number of years I left to join SHU in 2014.

  • About

    I am a qualified Therapeutic Radiographer registered with the Health and Care Professions Council.

    I have 15 years of clinical experience working at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. As a superintendent my role encompassed the development of 2D imaging in the department and the completion of staff training.

    For the last 10 years I have also been the educational support for the pre registration students in the Radiotherapy Department in Middlesbrough.

    I am passionate about the clinical development of the under graduate students and the progression of qualified staff who are inspiring in pushing the boundaries of expert and advanced practice.

    As well as technical skill development I am also involved in projects around self care, burnout, mindfulness and resilience.

  • Teaching

    Health And Wellbeing

    Radiotherapy and Oncology

    I teach on both the BSc and pre reg MSc under graduate programmes and well as module leader and course leader on the MSc Advanced Clinical Practice in RONC.

    I also teach interprofessional education to years 2 and 3 on the faculty under graduate programmes.

    I am a dissertation supervisor for under graduate and post graduate students.

  • Research

    Does the intervention of mindfulness reduce levels of burnout and compassion fatigue and increase resilience in pre-registration students? A pilot study 

    Investigation into the resilience of undergraduate students 

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Clarkson, M., Heads, G., Hodgson, D., & Probst, H. (2019). Does the intervention of mindfulness reduce levels of burnout and compassion fatigue and increase resilience in pre-registration students? A pilot study. Radiography, 25 (1), 4-9. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2018.08.003

    Thompson, E., & Clarkson, M. (2016). Investigating patient recruitment to radiotherapy clinical trials. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 15 (3), 232-238. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1460396916000224

    Bayles, H., Collins, M., & Clarkson, M. (2016). How can the aetiological factors of rectal distension be managed to reduce interfraction prostate motion during a course of radiotherapy treatment. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 15 (1), 76-84. http://doi.org/10.1017/S1460396915000436

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