Julie de Witt

Position: Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging

College: College of Health and Social Care

Department: Health Care Practice

Subject area: Diagnostic Imaging

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About

I am also an experienced senior lecturer (Fellow of Higher Education Academy) and an HCPC registered Diagnostic Radiographer; so I have a good understanding about the day-to-day pressures of academic life and the inners workings (and pressures) that can come with working in healthcare. One of my current professional areas of interest is around supporting academics in their personal tutoring roles; there are some fascinating challenges. I therefore have the skills and patient listening approach that people working under pressure find very useful when it comes to opening up and discussing their issues.

I am an experienced external examiner (one UK, one abroad) and so I am well placed to understand the role in the context of University quality processes.

I am currently nearing completion of an MA in Education (leadership coaching and mentoring) and I have a University Advanced Diploma in coaching and mentoring. The influences on my coaching approach are many and I do not prescribe to a specific school or ‘method’ of coaching. My approach is a mature, eclectic approach where I listen to a client and use various approaches, and sometimes some tools, to assist them to move towards their (and their workplace) aims – not mine. I am currently researching the techniques and evaluating the effectiveness of resilience coaching; of course all that feeds into my coaching approach too. From this Master’s level study I also now have a good understanding of the theories of leadership and the application into current business, health, and education practice. Leadership in the clinical context also form part of my UG teaching remit and this module receives excellent student and external examiner feedback year on year.

I am an ‘innovator’ and relish new ideas. I am prepared to challenge accepted practice where there is evidence that we can do better. I am highly organised, but aim to maintain a degree of flexibility in order to respond to emerging issues in a timely manner. I am good at seeing the bigger picture and thinking several steps ahead. This is evidenced for example in the innovative inclusion of leadership and mentoring skills into the undergraduate programme (example of good practice in external examiner reports). By shifting the paradigm from assessor to mentoring as a standard model in practice, future generations of qualified practitioners are more likely to respond positively to the challenges identified nationally in quality of undergraduate student placement support. I am able to encourage a team into developing further innovations in practice and delivery, through my coaching and enabling style of leadership. Obviously, with my teaching experience I have considerable knowledge when it comes to curriculum development, and I am also skilled in the development of e-learning packages and e-portfolios.

Teaching responsibilities

  •  Module leadership and teaching  on Undergraduate programme:

    • Professional and clinical practice in year 1 – key focus is on emotional intelligence, resilience, professional behaviours and attitudes in practice, mandatory skills for practice and overseeing the development of skills in clinical practice setting.
    • Research methods for practice in year 2- introduction to research methodologies/methods, research in practice , ethics etc.  I also use this as an opportunity for students to explore , in further depth, what patient centered care really means and how we can use research to explore patient experience within the clinical care setting.
    • Skills for graduate practice in year 3 – clinical leadership, mentoring and coaching in clinical practice. This links with skills required to assess practice educators (as this module looks at preparing students to be mentors and assessors in practice) and skills required to assess leadership.  Special interest in resilience/ empathy decline and the potential role of mindfulness
    • Module leadership of the Independent studies module on the MSc Health and Social care/Advanced practice pathway.
    • Facilitator for the postgraduate research methodologies module (Inter-professional).

     Also:

    Core member of the College Research Ethics committee (REC).

    International lead for imaging; developing bridging programme for Qatar based students to facilitate transition into year 3 of the UG programme.  Working closely with the International team at UoD and involving travel to Qatar a couple of times a year currently.

    I am an experienced coach, working with those in healthcare and clinical settings; for example I have been invited speaker at post graduate mentor study days (focus on coaching for mentoring and leadership) and recently for a local trust CPD evening (coaching and mentoring).

    Module leadership and teaching  on Undergraduate programme:

    • Professional and clinical practice in year 1 – key focus is on emotional intelligence, resilience, professional behaviours and attitudes in practice, mandatory skills for practice and overseeing the development of skills in clinical practice setting.

    • Research methods for practice in year 2- introduction to research methodologies/methods, research in practice , ethics etc.  I also use this as an opportunity for students to explore , in further depth, what patient centered care really means and how we can use research to explore patient experience within the clinical care setting.

    • Skills for graduate practice in year 3 – clinical leadership, mentoring and coaching in clinical practice. This links with skills required to assess practice educators (as this module looks at preparing students to be mentors and assessors in practice) and skills required to assess leadership.  Special interest in resilience/ empathy decline and the potential role of mindfulness.

  • Module leadership of the Independent studies module on the MSc Health and Social care/Advanced practice pathway.

  • Facilitator for the postgraduate research methodologies module (Inter-professional).

Professional interests

  • External examiner at BSc Honours Degree in Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging,University of Hertfordshire (commenced Sept 2012).
  • External examiner for BSc Honours Degree in Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging, Parkway College, Singapore (commenced Jan 2013).
  • Peer Reviewer for Radiography journal (Elsevier publication)
  • A member of the Approvals and Accreditation Board (AAB) for the Society and College of radiographers (SCoR)
  • A trained assessor for the SCoR, undertaking accreditation and approvals reviews and reports (programmes, short course and individual accreditations) that help inform AAB decisions.
  • Previously attended meetings at SoR on a regular basis; opportunity to discuss current professional issues affecting aspects such as admissions, placement experience and employability.

Research interests

  • Current research project (for MA Ed): A coaching for resilience approach: an evaluation of relevance and inclusion in curriculum delivery within an Undergraduate Healthcare Programme.
  • Current staff research project: An evaluation of a novel way to approach the development of reflective writing skills using a narrative ‘storytelling’ approach
  • Exploring the potential role of mindfulness in developing resilience to stress and the demands of the job amongst healthcare professional students;
  • Looking at how an individual’s resilience impacts on leadership potential.
  • Role of creativity and storytelling in reflective practice
  • Role of coaching as part of a personal tutors’ ‘toolkit’.

Membership of professional bodies

  • 2010 - Present: Higher Education Academy Position: Fellow
  • HCPC registered: No RA31533

Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled on MA education: Coaching and mentoring pathway
  • University Advanced Diploma in Professional Development: Manager as Coach and Mentor. Passed Summer 2014
  • Research methodologies for practice (20 credits, level 7); grade of 75% awarded, ratified August 2013.
  • 2007: PgCert Learning and Teaching; University of Derby
  • 27 August 2004: Anatomy for Radiographers (The Department of Anatomy, Edinburgh University)
  • 01 June 1999: PG Dip Nuclear medicine technology; City University, London
  • 01 June 1990: DCR(R) (College of Radiographers).

Recent publications

Authored (not externally published)

 

  • Developing a caring approach using a SHINE framework; Year 1 student resource
  • Instigation of a peer-mentoring project (Sept 13) and associated support materials
  • Personal tutor’s support guide; issued to new lecturers within the school.

 

Publications

 

  • Brown, P., Venables, H., Lui ,H., de Witt, J., Brown, M. and Faghy, M. (2013) “Ventilatory muscle strength, diaphragm thickness and pulmonary function in world-class powerlifters.” European Journal of Applied Physiology
  • de Witt, J. (2014) Investing in the future . Imaging and Therapy Practice. July 2014, pp26-30.

 

 

Recent conferences

Presentations

 

  • Invited to be Key note speaker and (abstract accepted) to deliver coaching workshop at COHEHRE conference in April 16: Inspiring through coaching
  • Coaching for personal tutors, school away day, July 2014
  • Presentation at Care and Compassion conference, University of Derby (May 2012) discussing the ‘disappearing patient’ conundrum within imaging
  • Invited speaker at University Learning, teaching and assessment conference: e-portfolios, perils, pitfalls and positives
  • SHA triennial review (2012) co-presented a session around employability and fitness for practice.

 

Conference posters

  • NET2015 (Cambridge) Preparing diagnostic radiography students for the experience of seeing death and dying patients in the clinical practice environment: Workshop findings and the potential role of mindfulness in developing resilience
  • “Peer mentoring scheme: developing coaching skills in UG students on a professional programme of study”. University of Derby Learning and Teaching conference 2014
  • “Engaging students in end of year review meeting with personal tutors; setting goals and exploring aspirations”. University of Derby Learning and Teaching conference 2013. Since shared/adopted as example of good practice with another school in the University
  • “Embedding PebblePad e-portfolio into the curriculum: One year on!” University of Derby Learning and Teaching Conference 2011.

Experience in industry

As a clincial diagnostic radiographer (including A+E and Trauma) and as a Nuclear medicine technology specialist

International experience

  • External examiner for BSc Honours Degree in Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging, Parkway College, Singapore
  • International lead for imaging; developing bridging programme for Qatar based students to facilitate transition into year 3 of the UG programme. Working closely with the International team at UoD and involving travel to Qatar a couple of times a year currently.

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