Alex Partner

Position: Programme Leader in Radiography

College: College of Health and Social Care

Department: Health Care Practice

Subject area: Diagnostic Imaging, Radiography

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I am the Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography course.

I have module leaderships and teaching across various modules within the programme. I have overall responsibility for students in an academic setting and placement over all three years.

As well as a heavy involvement on the undergraduate programme, I'm the module leader on the post graduate Radiographic Image Analysis of the Appendicular Skeleton which sits within the MSc Advanced Practice programme.

I have many other roles and responsibilities which include:

  • Personal tutor
  • Curriculum design
  • Assessment co-ordination, design, marking and internal moderation
  • HCPC audit of placements
  • Marketing
  • Schools liaison lead for Radiography
  • STEM ambassador
  • Programme Committees
  • Chair student representative meetings
  • Dealing with disciplinary, academic and professional misconduct
  • Academic counselling
  • Timetabling modules and assessment schedules
  • Overseeing the introduction of new placements and the implementation of a Hub & Spoke model of placement provision
  • Preparing programme enhancement plans
  • Preparing undergraduate budget

I'm a member of various groups and boards both internally and externally, these are:

  • Member of Education, Health and Sciences Service User’s group
  • Health and Social Care research group
  • College placement group
  • Interprofessional practice placement group
  • Represent Radiography at Business and Commissioning meetings and College Quality Enhancement Committee
  • Member of College of Radiographers admission tutor forum
  • Member of the College of Radiographers course leaders forum

I have a large part in our values based recruitment; specifically the admissions process of checking personal statements, interviewing, covering open days, clearing and helping organise our selection days.

Teaching responsibilities

  • Developing Professional Practice 1,2 and 3,
  • Anatomy and Physiology 1,
  • Anatomy Physiology and Applied Imaging,
  • Principles of Radiographic Imaging 1,2,3 and 4.
  • Internal moderator for Science and Technology 1,
  • Using research for Practice and Skills for Graduate Practice.

Professional interests

I have a special interest in plain film trauma imaging and CT. I am interested in radiography reporting for both plain film and CT heads.

Research interests

I am interested in research around a radiographer-led stroke team and how prepared radiography students are for dealing with death and the dying patient. I am also interested in the use of service users in recruitment, teaching, assessment and feedback.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Health and Care Professions Council,
  • Society of Radiographers,
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Undergraduate qualifications

  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography, University of Derby

Postgraduate qualifications

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Derby
  • Master of Science in Health and Social Care- University of Derby Expected 2016

Recent publications

Synergy News, April 25, 2014, Issue 77 ‘Session explores using social media in teaching’ Available online at

Recent conferences

  • Achieving Excellence in Radiography - Manchester (Nov 2012)
  • UKRC- Poster presentation (Jun 2013)
  • UOD Learning, Teaching and assessment Conference (July 2013)
  • International Society Radiographers and Radiological Technologists World Congress in Helsinki June 2014, Poster presentation “New options for placement provision”
  • UKRC in Manchester June 2014, Poster presentation “Death and Dying-Are students prepared?”
  • UKRC in Manchester June 2014, Poster presentation “Self-assessment = autonomous learner?”
  • UKRC in Manchester June 2014, poster presentation “Using social media to promote the Radiography subject area”

Additional interests and activities

  • IV cannulation
  • Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme (ISAS)Assessor
  • External Examiner at Portsmouth University
  • Reviewer for Radiography Journal
  • HCPC Fitness to Practice Panel Member
  • National Stroke Ambassador

Experience in industry

I worked as a full time clinical radiographer for the Leicester Royal Infirmary for over four years. During this time I rotated around the imaging department including CT, theatre, Fluoroscopy, paediatrics, Plain film and accident and emergency radiography.

International experience

I undertook a four week placement at University of Colorado Hospital in Denver, USA. During this time I studied techniques for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Presented at ISRRT in Finland and visited Qatar as part of the International scoping exercise.

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