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Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith MSc, BSc (Hons)

Senior Lecturer, Course Leader for MSc Advancing Professional Practice, Course Leader for MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology


Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Radiotherapy and Oncology and Course Leader for the MSc Enhanced Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice. She also leads the Evidencing Your CPD modules for all postgraduate programmes in the College of Health, Wellbeing & Life Sciences

  • About

    Sarah teaches a range of topics on a number of programmes from Pre-registration Radiotherapy and Oncology Programmes to Interprofessional Education and Postgraduate Masters Programmes.

    Sarah's main area of specialism is cancer in the head and neck. She has also undertaken specialist roles to develop Interprofessional Education, and International Courses in Radiotherapy for Practitioners, Medical Physicists and Doctors.

    A registered Therapeutic Radiographer (HCPC), Sarah trained at the University of Liverpool and The Northern Centre for Cancer Treatment in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and worked for a number of years in clinical practice at the Yorkshire Centre for Clinical Oncology in Leeds. After undertaking a Masters Degree and teaching qualification Sarah joined the University in 2003.

    Sarah has a particular interest in developing engaging and innovative learning opportunities for students, and embedding service user involvement in healthcare education. She has undertaken projects to evaluate the effectiveness of Learning, Teaching and Assessment strategies including distance (online) learning, interprofessional learning, the support and retention of students and service improvement.

    Specialist areas of interest

    Sarah's main areas of interest or specialism include head and neck cancer, service user involvement and quality of life studies. As well as research and development of education, such as retention of students, student support, effectiveness of learning and teaching and assessment strategies

    Her research interests include treatment related side effects and quality of life for patients, the development of inter-professional learning and working, head and neck oncology and treatment, undergraduate student support, recruitment and retention.

  • Teaching

    Health And Wellbeing

    Allied Health Professions
    Health, Wellbeing & Life Sciences
    Radiotherapy and Oncology
    BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology
    MSc Enhanced Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice
    Radiation Therapy Physics (International CPD/PgD)
    Head and Neck Cancer (Module leader)
    Evidencing your CPD (Module leader)
    CPD Anatomy study days
    Dissertation (BSc and MSc)

    Radiotherapy and Oncology

    BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology
    Pg Diploma Radiotherapy and Oncology in Practice
    MSc Advancing Professional Practice
    MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology
    MSc Advanced Practice in Radiotherapy and Oncology
    MSc Prostate Cancer Care
    MSc Supportive and Palliative Care
    English for Radiation Therapy Physics (CPD-International)
    Radiation Therapy Physics (International CPD/PgD)

    Head and Neck Cancer (leader) (MSc)
    Personalised Study Module (leader) (MSc-Cross Faculty)
    Foundations of Radiotherapy and Oncology (leader) (PgD)
    Enhancing Quality of Service through Effective Collaborative Practice (BSc-Cross Faculty)
    Principles of Anatomy and Image Interpretation (BSc & PgD)
    Principles of Radiotherapy and Oncology 1 (BSc)
    Radiotherapy and Oncology 3 (PgD)
    Principles of Radiotherapy and Oncology 4 (BSc)
    Application of Radiotherapy in Practice 1 (PgD)
    Application of Radiotherapy in Practice 2 (PgD)
    Prostate Cancer (MSc)
    Advancing Practice in Prostate Cancer Care (MSc)
    Work Based Learning (MSc-Cross Faculty)
    CPD Anatomy study days
    Dissertation (BSc and MSc)

  • Research

    Investigating the role of narrow band imaging in head and neck cancer. (2014)

    Contemporary issues in chemotherapy for squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck. A literature Review (2013)

    Exploring the role of caregivers in assisting patients with head and neck cancer. A Qualitative Study. (2013)

    Investigating the incidence and severity of long term treatment related side effects and evaluating their impact on quality of life of patients with cervical cancer. Systematic Literature Review. (2008)

    Pre localisation screening for improved positioning of patients undergoing multiphase photon/electron Radiotherapy to the head & neck study, Cookridge Hospital Leeds. (2000)

    Pelvic position in Radiotherapy Reproducibility study, Cookridge Hospital Leeds. (1999)

    Qualitative Evaluation of the Experience of International students on a mixed programme of study I English and Radiation Therapy Physics (2013)

    Awarded funding & completed Centre for Interprofessional e-Learning (CIPeL-secondment) Design & trial a package of software and resources to enable staff to design a simple learning object (SLOT: simple learning object tool). (2007)

    Awarded funding and completed CIPeL (secondment) project for the development of e-learning objects to support undergraduate interprofessional education (2006)

    Poster Presentation: Developing Radiotherapy Services in Iraq. UK Radiation Oncology Conference (UKRO), Nottingham 21st - 23rd October 2013 and UK Radiation Oncology Conference (UKRO), Nottingham 21st - 23rd October 2013

    Poster Presentation: Can e-learning achieve international re-usability in the context of interprofessional learning? All Together Better Health VI, Interprofessional Education and e-Learning. Karolinska Institute Stockholm, Sweden. 2-5th June 2008

    Poster Presentation: The Development of the Simple Learning Object Tool. Centre for Interprofessional e-Learning annual conference, Coventry University. 24th April 2008

  • Publications


    Rosbottom, K., Smith, S., & Collins, M. (2013). Developing Radiotherapy services in Iraq. Presented at: United Kingdom Radiation Oncology Conference, Nottingham, UK, 2013

  • Other activities

    Sarah is a registered practitioner (Therapy Radiographer) with the Health Care Professions Council.
    Sarah is a Fitness to Practise Assessor & Panel member for the Health Care Professional Council.
    Sarah is an Assessor for the Approvals and Accreditation Board of the College of Radiographers; involved in the review and approval of education courses in the UK on behalf of the professional body.
    She holds external examining positions and peer reviews submissions for publication to the Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice

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