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Senior Lecturer Sarah Smith MSc, BSc (Hons)

Senior Lecturer


Summary

Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Radiotherapy and Oncology and Course Leader for the Post Graduate MSc Enhanced Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice & The Pre Registration MSc Radiotherapy & Oncology. 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 on Pre-registration Radiotherapy and Oncology Programmes, the integrated curriculum across the College of Health, Wellbeing & Life Sciences. and Postgraduate Masters Programmes in.

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.

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, head and neck oncology and treatment, student support and professional recruitment and retention.

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)

Subject Area

Radiotherapy & Oncology

Courses

- BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology
- MSc Radiotherapy & Oncology (pre-registration)
- MSc Enhanced Radiotherapy and Oncology Practice (post graduate)
- 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)

Modules

- Principles of Cancer Care
- Principles of Anatomy, Imaging & Radiation Science
- Oncology & Radiotherapy Technology 1, 2 & 3
- RONC Practice Placement 1,2 & 3
- Assessing & Addressing Complexity
- Application of Principles to Practice
- The Advancing Professional
- Head & Neck Cancer
- Evidencing Your CPD 15 & 30 credits
- Future Directions in Radiotherapy & Oncology
- Professional Development in Radiotherapy & Oncology

Research

Evaluation of Art Therapy in the recovery of patients after Radiotherapy for Head & Neck Cancer.

Featured Projects

Poster Presentation: Developing Radiotherapy Services in Iraq. UK Radiation Oncology Conference (UKRO) and UK Radiation Oncology Conference (UKRO),

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.

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

Relevant Projects

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

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

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

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.

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

Pelvic position in Radiotherapy Reproducibility study, Cookridge Hospital Leeds.

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

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).

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

Publications

Posters

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 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.

Postgraduate supervision

A range of topic areas in Oncology, Radiotherapy, Quality of Life, Service User Involvement & Education.

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