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GTA Studentship in Health and Social Care

Patient information in diagnostic imaging: Assessing the impact of changes to European Directive 2013/59/Euratom

Cumulative radiation exposure is linked to an increased risk of cancer. To reduce or avoid unnecessary radiation exposure, and facilitate shared decision making, patients should be aware of the risk associated with diagnostic imaging examinations which utilise ionising radiation. The European Directive 2013/59/Euratom has increased the onus on referrers and practitioners to ensure that patients (and carers and comforters) have adequate information about the risks and benefits of imaging examinations to make an informed decision.

Several recent studies have also highlighted the importance of patient information in the decision making process (Singh et al, 2017; Faggioni et al, 2017; Paolicchi et al, 2017).

We are offering a funded full time Graduate Teaching Assistant/Traditional Route PhD position to investigate the impact of the European Directive 2013/59/Euratom. The successful candidate will be using quantitative and qualitative data collected from patients and carers about the information provided to them before imaging examinations. The candidate would also be expected to contribute to the delivery of the curricula relating to a range of pre and post registration programmes of study within the Diagnostic Imaging discipline. Please note that this position is only available for students assessed as Home/EU for fees purposes.


European Society of Radiology Summary of the European Directive 2013/59/Euratom: essentials for health professionals in radiology. Insights Imaging (2015) 6:411–417

Faggioni et al (2017) Awareness of radiation protection and dose levels of imaging procedures among medical students, radiography students, and radiology residents at an academic hospital: Results of a comprehensive survey. European Journal of Radiology 86 (2017) 135–142

Paolicchi et al (2016) Assessment of radiation protection awareness and knowledge  about radiological examination doses among Italian radiographers. Insights Imaging (2016) 7:233–242

Singh et al (2017) A snapshot of patients' awareness of radiation dose and risks

associated with medical imaging examinations at an Australian

radiology clinic. Radiography 23 (2017) 94-102


Principal accountabilities

  • To teach on programmes and modules within Diagnostic Imaging, particularly around radiographic technique.
  • To undertake research and scholarly activity associated with their PhD programme and develop a publication record in Radiography and Imaging & Therapy Practice.
  • To obtain an honorary contract with Derby Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust and interact with ethical committees.
  • To support the Head of Diagnostic Imaging and Programme Leaders within Diagnostic Imaging.
  • To observe and implement University policies and procedures.

Role description

Person specification


Location: Discipline of Diagnostic Imaging, College of Health & Social Care

Funding: Funding will cover tuition fees for Home/EU students only for 3 years and pay a stipend of £14,553.

Entry Requirements: Candidates must have a first or upper second class honours degree in Diagnostic Radiography (or equivalent).

Responsible to: Dr Bill Whitehead, Head of Department of Health Care Practice and Emma Hyde, Head of Diagnostic Imaging


For details of how to apply, please see:

Complete applications should be forwarded to Stuart Wain at, quoting reference number [College of Health & Social Care]_[Health Care Practice]_[GTA]_[0617]

For informal enquiries please contact Emma Hyde on 01332 593070 or via email (

Application deadline: 19th July 2017

Date of proposed interview: 22nd August 2017

If you have not heard from us by the interview date, please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.

Proposed start date: 2nd October 2017