Staff profile

Julie de Witt

Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging




College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


School of Allied Health and Social Care


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am an experienced senior lecturer (Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy) and an HCPC registered Diagnostic Radiographer

I am an experienced external examiner (UK and international), and a member of the College of Radiographers Approvals and Accreditation Board (AAB).  

I have a professional interest in coaching and mentoring, and I have 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.

Currently engaged in Doctoral level research looking at role of coaching/coaching approaches in Educational support.  

Other active research projects are;

Teaching responsibilities

Module leadership and teaching 


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

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).

Professional interests

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

de Witt, J and Gallagher, S. (2018) Trigeminal neuralgia: Imaging and the patient experience of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the brain: Findings from an on-line survey of patient experience of MRI imaging. British Association of Magnetic Resonance Radiographers annual conference.

Invited speaker: de Witt, J (2018) Exploring the potential role of coaching skills, UK Radiology and Oncology Congress, Liverpool, July 4th 2018

Invited speaker: de Witt, J. (2018) Challenges of shared placements and service level agreements. College of radiographers Assessors training day, Friends house, London, 7th Feb 2018.

Invited speaker: de Witt, J (2017) Leadership coaching and mentoring. Nurse mentor and Practice Educator Development Event, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals (18.9.17)

de Witt, J. (2017) Resilience for clinical practice. 28th International Networking for Education (NET) Conference, September 2017. Churchill College, University of Cambridge.

de Witt, J. (2016) Exploring the potential role coaching skills for student development. 27th International Networking for Education (NET) Conference, September 2016. Churchill College, University of Cambridge.

Invited Keynote speaker de Witt, J. (2016) Inspiring through coaching.  Consortium of Institutes of Health and Rehabilitation in Europe Conference, April 2016 

Invited speaker: de Witt, J. (2016) A coaching workshop: Inspiring through coaching. Consortium of Institutes of Health and Rehabilitation in Europe Conference, April 16

de Witt, J. (2012) The curious incident of the disappearing patient, and not just in the night time’. Care and Compassion Conference, University of Derby, May 2012.

Experience in industry

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

International experience

Additional interests and activities

Coaching and mentoring for graduate and professional practice 

Recent publications


Personal Resilience for Diagnostic Radiographer Healthcare Education: Lost in Translation? International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care. Vol 5, No 2 (2017), Pp38-50, 

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.

Conference posters

de Witt, J., and Wood, K. (2017) Role of coaching approach and appreciative enquiry in student skills based formative assessment feedback.  UK radiology Congress, June 2017, Manchester

de Witt, J. (2017) Resilience for clinical practice; project findings. National Association of Educators in Practice Conference (NAEP). April 2017, Birmingham.  

de Witt, J. (2015) 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. 26th International Networking for Education (NET) Conference, September 2015. Churchill College, University of Cambridge.