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Melanie Clarkson

Melanie Clarkson BSc (Hons), PgCE, MSc, SFHEA

Senior Lecturer


Summary

I qualified in 1999 from the University of Central England in Birmingham. Upon 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.

My role has evolved to include Advanced Clinical Practice, primarily for Therapeutic Radiographers, but also for all nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals.

In addition to my university role, I also work nationally with the centre for advancing practice as a reviewer and also work with the development group on the Non Surgical Oncology Framework for Advanced Clincial Practice.

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 15 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 enhanced, advanced and consultant practice. This is now where my expertise lies and something I really enjoy.

Teaching

Health And Wellbeing

Subject area or group:

  • Health And Wellbeing
  • Radiotherapy and Oncology
  • Cancer
  • Advanced Clinical Practice

Courses:

  • I teach on both the BSc and pre reg MSc under graduate programmes
  • Lead on the MSc Advanced Clincial Practice Radiotherapy and Oncology Programme
  • Portfolio lead for the Higher Degree Apprenticeship MSc Advanced Clincial Practice
  • I am a dissertation supervisor for under graduate and post graduate students.

Modules:

  • Expert Practice for Extended Roles
  • Advancing Specialist Practice
  • Higher Degree Apprenticeship ACP Portfolio

Research

Current research projects:

  • Resilience
  • Resilience based clinical supervision
  • Professional identity
  • Educational framework development

Selected research projects:

  • HEE non surgical oncology framework
  • Resilience based clinical supervision

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. https://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. https://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. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1460396915000436

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

Conference papers

Van Zyl, D., Clarkson, M., Hanwell, J., Cooley, B., Pal, A., Lai-Kwon, J.E., & Stapleton, S. (2021). An exploratory qualitative study to describe the experience of using a question prompt list for patients in early phase clinical trials (Abstract only). Annals of Oncology, 32 (S5), S1259. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.annonc.2021.08.633

Other activities

  • Reviewer for Health Education England Centre for Advancing Practice
  • Working group member for the non surgical oncology framework
  • Member of AAPE end point assessment group
  • External examiner for the end point assessment for the University of Teesside

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