Radiotherapy and Oncology

Department of Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Sciences

Therapeutic radiographers are highly skilled professionals who work as part of the multi-professional healthcare team. This demanding but highly rewarding discipline combines technical and scientific expertise with exceptional personal values and attributes, and high standards of patient care. A career in radiotherapy and oncology offers the individual a flexible and dynamic profession with a very high level of job satisfaction. The role of the therapeutic radiographer is rapidly evolving with advancing state-of-the-art technologies and medical research.

Therapeutic radiographers are responsible for the safe and accurate planning and delivery of radiotherapy to patients with cancer. This is an essential role that requires the use of sophisticated technology. They are involved in making decisions about patient management whilst providing care and support to patients and families throughout radiotherapy treatment. Their role includes pre-treatment support, radiotherapy treatment planning using CT, MRI and PET imaging, pre-treatment verification, delivering and evaluating treatment, management of radiotherapy side effects and post-treatment follow-up and support.

Areas of Excellence

Benefit from our Simulated Skills Learning Facilities comprising a custom-built Radiotherapy Planning Lab, dedicated digital X-Ray and Ultrasound Suite, state-of-the-art image interpretation workstations with radiological spec high resolution monitors, and Virtual Radiography Learning Environment.

Innovative learning, teaching and assessment. We understand that everyone learns differently. We implement a wide variety of teaching approaches to help you learn and build your confidence in a way that suits you best, including themed master classes, clinical skills practicals, scenario and problem-based learning, blended and e-learning, and student-led and small group tutorials.

We encourage our students to broaden their horizons and experience other cultures. Students undertake an Elective Practice Placement in their third year; the university has established links with placement providers across the globe with students travelling to Malta, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.

Our latest development is to involve our level 2 and 3 students in volunteer roles with MacMillan Cancer Support, providing information and support to cancer patients and families in West of Scotland local libraries. 

Students rate our programme highly and continue to nominate staff for Student Led Teaching Awards:

  • 2012-13     Louise Boyle award winner in the category ‘Super Support’
  • 2012-13     Louise Boyle shortlisted nominee in the category ‘Fantastic Feedback’
  • 2011-12     Margaret Spalding shortlisted nominee in the category ‘Effective teaching that inspires and motivates learning’
  • 2010-11     Louise Boyle shortlisted nominee in the category ‘Effective teaching that offers timely and constructive feedback’

Courses to consider

BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy and Oncology

Academic Staff List

Assistant Head

Louise Boyle

Senior Lecturer

Maureen McPake

Lecturers

Janice Mitchell

Margaret Spalding

Accreditation

Join us online

“GCU Radiotherapy & Oncology” Facebook community

Employability

  • Graduate radiographers enter the career structure at practitioner level with opportunities to develop towards Advanced Practitioner and Consultant levels as part of the four-tier structure for Allied Health Professionals, which many of our Masters graduates have achieved.
  • There are opportunities to enter teaching in higher education after gaining appropriate experience as a qualified member of the hospital clinical team.
  • Innovative practice placements offering the full range of technical and professional experience enhance employability as they encompass non-traditional roles and learning opportunities.
  • All of our graduates are usually employed within six months of leaving GCU, using their professional knowledge and skills as Therapeutic Radiographers primarily within the NHS, or in other graduate employment.