Formal Radiography Research Mentoring (FoRRM)


"Radiography has progressed so much, as it stood on the shoulders of giants; it is the responsibility and pleasure of the current leadership to prepare the radiography leaders of the future and this is what FoRRM is trying to achieve"


Introduction

FoRRM (Formal Radiography Research Mentoring) is a mentoring scheme created with the overarching aim to increase research capacity and quality in radiography, as well as to offer a formal way to support future research leaders. 

Funded by the College of Radiographers, the scheme was first launched in 2015. For those with a clear commitment to a career in research, one-to-one mentoring with an experienced research radiographers is provided.

The pilot version of FoRRM1 originally had 12 mentors and mentees and ran for eight months, while FoRRM2 ran for 12 months with a cohort of 17. The results have been overwhelmingly positive from every cohort. To read the outcomes of FoRRM1, see here and to hear from one of our previous mentees see here


FoRRM3 

Applications are now open to join FoRRM3, click the image below for more information: 


FoRRM3 Mentors


  • Dr Emma Hyde

    • Name: Dr Emma Hyde
    • Title: Associate Professor in Diagnostic Imaging
    • Location: Derby, UK
    • Current employer: University of Derby
    • Position: Head of Diagnostic Imaging
    • Qualifications: BSc Hons DR Masters in Education PhD
    • Area(s) of Expertise in Radiography: CT, MRI, Patient centred care; person centred care; communication
    • Areas of expertise in Research methods and methodologies: Qualitative, mixed methods
    • Mentoring experience (formal or informal) and in what capacity was mentoring delivered: UG and PG IS supervision PhD supervision Mentor support to my team
    • What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring programme?: Support and nurture new radiography researchers
    • What are your expectations from your mentee in this programme?: Regular contact, documents for review provided a week before meeting, good record keeping
    • Extracurricular activities/hobbies: Walking, running, swimming, reading

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  • Dr Desiree O'Leary

    • Name: Desiree O’Leary
    • Title: Dr
    • Location:Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire (during week) and also Bedfordshire/ Hertfordshire Border (Tea Green near Luton) on weekends.
    • Current Employer:Keele University
    • Position: Director of Education (Allied Health Professions)
    • Qualifications (professional and/or academic and field of study):
      • PhD (Medicine): Optimisation of Mammography Examinations
      • MSc (RNI): Nuclear medicine MBA Radiography (Diagnostic)
    • Area(s) of Expertise in Radiography: Mammography, Nuclear Medicine including PET, all areas of education, crossdiscipline (including acupuncture, physiotherapy, paramedical science, computer science and radiotherapy), any areas of radiography physics/ science.
    • Areas of expertise in Research methods and methodologies: All areas – I have supervised all methods from purely quantitative through purely qualitative, mixed methods and systematic review/ meta-analyses.
    • Mentoring experience (formal or informal) and in what capacity was mentoring delivered: PhD – 4 completions and a fifth shortly. Currently I have 2 PhD students at varying stages from just starting to near completion – variety of methods and subjects. I am a Prof Doc mentor and have a cohort in Advanced Leadership and Management (Medical and Para-medical) currently with 17 students. MSc – 7 completions; none current Personal tutor, clinical supervision, colleague mentorship for academic progression and student mentorship (all years UG + PG)
    • What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring programme?: I love research and if I can help any novice researchers in any way that I can – I will! I gain great satisfaction from seeing projects emerge and grow.
    • What are your expectations from your mentee in this programme?: To grow and learn, and to become a researcher who will then go on to inspire others! To engage fully with the process and to enjoy the process.
    • Extracurricular activities/hobbies: Apart from work, work and more work, I sail when I can. I have a dog whom I adore and love to walk with. I wish eating was not a hobby of mine – but there you have it!

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  • Dr Jonathan McConnell

    • Name: Jonathan McConnell
    • Title: Dr
    • Location: Leeds (just started this new role previously Glasgow).
    • Current Employer Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust – Yorkshire Imaging Collaborative but with Professor (Visiting) Ulster University
    • Position:Radiographer Lead, Yorkshire Imaging Collaborative
    • Qualifications (professional and/or academic and field of study):
      • FCR, PhD, MSc (Professional Studies in Radiography), PgC Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, PgC Radiographic Image Interpretation, BSc (Open) (Biomedical Sciences) DCR( R )
    • Area(s) of Expertise in Radiography: Radiographic interpretation and advanced roles/role transformation. Education, quality Improvement Projects, Multimodality application and cross professional working from role as consultant radiographer.
    • Areas of expertise in Research methods and methodologies:Quantitative and mixed methods. Some qualitative work and systematic reviewing.
    • Mentoring experience (formal or informal) and in what capacity was mentoring delivered: Multiple MSc dissertations. 3 x PhD theses. Personal Tutor and staff tutor, clinical supervisor and mentor to postgraduate level, AHP Fellowship supervisor, External examiner at under and postgraduate levels, Assessor and accreditation reviewer CoR Assessment and Accreditation Board. Journal editorial board membership and multi journal reviewing.
    • What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring programme?: Hopefully to energise and excite participants about research and its value. Encourage the message for research within radiography as being important. Enable research completion in clinically impactful areas.
    • What are your expectations from your mentee in this programme?: To work towards a positive outcome, be open minded about how to progress and have resilience to keep going even though the odds may be saying otherwise!
    • Extracurricular activities/hobbies: Keen to get out for a good walk especially if big hills or open moorland. Enjoy photography and like a good whodunnit to end the day!

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  • Dr Ruth Strudwick

    • Name:Ruth Strudwick
    • Title: Dr
    • Location: Ipswich, Suffolk, East Anglia.
    • Current Employer: University of Suffolk, Ipswich.
    • Position: Associate Professor, Professional Lead: Radiography & Interprofessional Learning.
    • Qualifications: DProf MSc BSc(Hons) CTCert PGCE
    • Area(s) of Expertise in Radiography: Diagnostic radiography, general radiography, practice education, education, interprofessional learning, professional culture, values-based-practice and patient care
    • Areas of expertise in Research methods and methodologies: Qualitative research, ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, participant observation, action research, interviews, focus groups
    • Mentoring experience (formal or informal) and in what capacity was mentoring delivered:PhD, DProf, masters supervision Personal tutor Clinical supervisor and mentor Mentor
    • What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring programme?:Learn more about myself and others, develop better mentorship and leadership skills, work with and learn from others.
    • What are your expectations from your mentee in this programme?:Good communication skills, open to learn, collaboration and learning together.
    • Please state any extracurricular activities/hobbies: Church, Sport, play hockey, GirlGuiding.

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  • Dr Sonyia Mc Fadden

    • Name:Sonyia Mc Fadden
    • Title: Dr
    • Location:Belfast/NI
    • Current Employer: Ulster University
    • Position:Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography/Research Lead for Radiography
    • Qualifications (professional and/or academic and field of study):
      • 2021 Gold Medal Society and College of Radiographers
      • 2020 Senior Lecturer Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging
      • 2016 Fellow of the College of Radiographers (by Portfolio)
      • 2014 Fellow of the Centre for Higher Education Practice
      • 2013 Fellow of Higher Education Academy
      • 2013 Certificate of training in Adult Venepuncture, Ulster University (UU)
      • 2010 PhD Medical Imaging, UU
      • 2003 Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching, UU
      • 2001–2002 IHM Certificate in Managing in Health & Social Care
      • 2000–2001 European Computer Driving Licence
      • 1998–2000 MSc Medical Imaging: Distinction, UU
      • 1998 Certificate in administering Intravenous injections of contrast, UU
      • 1996 Certificate in Quality Assurance in Diagnostic Imaging, UU
      • 1995–1997 PgD Medical Imaging, UU
      • 1990–1994 BSc Hons Radiography
    • Area(s) of Expertise in Radiography: Diagnostic Radiography, Trauma, Interventional Radiology/Cardiology
    • Areas of expertise in Research methods and methodologies: Qualitative and quantitative research, mixed methods, systematic and scoping reviews
    • Mentoring experience (formal or informal) and in what capacity was mentoring delivered:PhD supervisor (2 completed, 6 ongoing) Master’s supervisor (7 completed, 3 ongoing) Personal tutor/advisor for local clinicians writing up papers for publication and abstracts for conferences Studies advisor for undergraduate Radiography students

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  • Dr Stuart Mackay

    • Name: Stuart Mackay
    • Title: Dr
    • Location: Liverpool
    • Current employer: University of Liverpool
    • Position:Professional Lead Diagnostic Radiography
    • Qualifications: DCR, HDCR TDCR, FAETC, Master, Doctorate.
    • Area(s) of Expertise in Radiography: Radiography generally, psychology, patient care, education
    • Areas of expertise in Research methods and methodologies:Mixed methods Reviews of evidence Survey research Qualitative and or quantitative
    • Mentoring experience (formal or informal) and in what capacity was mentoring delivered: Personal tutor, staff mentor, PhD mentor, advise staff on career development, been in FORRM scheme since it started.
    • What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring programme?: Development of the radiography researchers of the future
    • What are your expectations from your mentee in this programme?: I am expecting to mentor someone who is keen, motivated and capable but needs some shaping and forming to reach their goal. I would like to use my several years of experience of research in the profession to help guide them to a defined goal.
    • Please state any extracurricular activities/hobbies: Cycling, golf, walking, socialising, Liverpool Football club

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  • Dr Theo Akudjedu

    • Name: Theo Akudjedu
    • Title: Dr
    • Location: Bournemouth
    • Current employer:Institute of Medical Imaging & Visualisation, Bournemouth University
    • Position: Senior Lecturer in Medical Imaging & MRI Radiography
    • Qualifications:
      • BSc Diagnostic Radiography: University of Ghana
      • MSc Neuroimaging: King’s College London
      • PhD Medicine (Clinical Neuroimaging): National University of Ireland
      • Galway PgCert (Programme Leadership): Bournemouth University
      • Senior Fellow (Higher Education Academy): Advance HE
    • Area(s) of Expertise in Radiography:MRI, Neuroimaging
    • Areas of expertise in Research methods and methodologies: Quantitative, Mixed Methods, Systematic Reviews
    • Mentoring experience (formal or informal) and in what capacity was mentoring delivered:PhD/MSc Supervisor and personal tutor
    • What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring programme?:I am passionate about personal development and networking within the wider radiography community, this opportunity will serve as a means to empower people to become involved with clinical research to help grow capacity and capability through mentorship and increased radiography research outputs.
    • What are your expectations from your mentee in this programme?: Hardworking, Dedicated and one (s) who is/are enthusiastic to learn
    • Please state any extracurricular activities/hobbies: Travel, Running and long-walks, Netflix and I love Twitter!

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  • Dr Yat Man Tsang

    • Name: Yatman Tsang
    • Title:Dr
    • Location: London
    • Current employer:Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC) London Southbank University (LSBU)
    • Position: Consultant Radiographer - Specialised Service Delivery at MVCC radiotherapy Associate Professor (Clinical Academic Careers) at LSBU Institute of Health and Social Care
    • Qualifications:
      • PhD by published work (London Southbank University, London, UK. 2017-2018) Thesis title: Development of evidence-based practice in advanced radiotherapy through clinical trials quality assurance
      • MSc Healthcare Informatics and Technologies (City University, London, UK. 2003- 2006)
      • Fellowship of the College of Radiographers by Portfolio
      • The College of Radiographers Consultant Practitioner accreditation
    • Area(s) of Expertise in Radiography: Radiotherapy
    • Areas of expertise in Research methods and methodologies:Quantitative Research
    • Mentoring experience (formal or informal) and in what capacity was mentoring delivered:
      • Academic/Clinical supervisor for MSc students at LSBU and MVCC
      • Academic mentor for LSBU ICA Internship, Pre-Doctoral and Post-Doctoral bridging schemes participants.
      • Clinical mentor for advanced practitioners at MVCC
      • Career advisor for radiotherapy staff at MVCC
    • What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring programme?: To further develop my mentoring and supervising skills for radiographers working in a clinical setting
    • What are your expectations from your mentee in this programme?:Be passionate and driven in achieving the end goals of their research projects
    • Please state any extracurricular activities/hobbies.: N/A

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  • Dr Amy Taylor

    • Name: Amy Taylor
    • Title:Dr
    • Location: Exeter
    • Current employer:Exeter University
    • Position: Senior Lecturer Medical Imaging (Therapeutic Radiographer)
    • Qualifications:
      • 2020 PhD Social Sciences – Sheffield Hallam University.
      • 2018 Postgraduate Award in Mixed Methods for Health Research – University of Warwick
      • 2015 Qualitative Research Methods 1&2 (30 Credits) – Sheffield Hallam University
      • 2014 PgCert Ed: Teaching in Higher Education– Sheffield Hallam University
      • 2012 MSc (Merit) Radiotherapy & Oncology – Sheffield Hallam University
      • 2006 BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy & Oncology – Sheffield Hallam University
    • Area(s) of Expertise in Radiography:Radiotherapy, Cancer experience, Compassion, Patient management, Living with and beyond cancer, Late effects, Patient and public involvement and engagement, Impact of technical development upon patients and services and Radiotherapy workforce development.
    • Areas of expertise in Research methods and methodologies: Qualitative research, mixed-methods and co-production.
    • Mentoring experience (formal or informal) and in what capacity was mentoring delivere: I have over ten years of supervisory experience for both BSc and MSc dissertation students and members of the radiotherapy team. I have successfully supported these individuals through the process of undertaking primary research, service evaluations and audits in conjunction with the Trust, local higher education institutions and external collaborators. We have worked together to obtain academic accreditation for their projects and dissemination of their findings through publication and presentation. I am currently supervising 1 PhD student. I also work as an NIHR mentor supporting mentees through their clinical research programmes and an NCRI mentor for patient representatives.
    • What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring programme?:I was fortunate to be part of FORRM2 (2019) and had a great mentor who really helped me to consolidate my skills and shape my career. I would therefore like to provide the same for my mentee.
    • What are your expectations from your mentee in this programme?: To have a strong desire to develop their research skills, knowledge, and interests for the benefits of our patients and the profession. To commit appropriate time to the programme and the objectives we collectively set.
    • Please state any extracurricular activities/hobbies: I enjoy walking and will shortly be learning to play the saxophone

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  • Professor Mark McEntee

    • Name:Mark McEntee
    • Title:Professor
    • Location:Cork, Ireland
    • Current employer: University College Cork
    • Position: Head of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy
    • Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Radiography, PhD
    • Area(s) of Expertise in Radiography:Radiography
    • Areas of expertise in Research methods and methodologies: Broad expertise, Qual and Quant Research, Statistics, Dose optimisation
    • Mentoring experience (formal or informal) and in what capacity was mentoring delivered:I have participated in mentoring schemes at the University of Sydney from 2011 to 2019, I am currently a mentor in work to 1 senior lecturer and participate as a mentee.
    • What do you wish to achieve through your participation in this mentoring programme?:To help develop someone’s skills and help them achieve their goals while learning on the way.
    • What are your expectations from your mentee in this programme?: I expect there to be open, free-flowing communication. I hope there are mentees with clear goals. I hope to gain new insights into the challenges that others face.
    • Please state any extracurricular activities/hobbies: I love the outdoors. Hiking, cycling, running, open water swimming, I play the guitar, write, read seek adventure.

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Steering committee (and roles)

  • Dr Rachel Harris
    SoR
    Support letters for line managers, escalation of concerns
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  • Dr Fiona Mellor
    AECC and Poole Hospital NHS Trust
    Mentoring contracts
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  • Dr Christina Malamateniou
    City, University of London, UK and HESAV, Switzerland (Chair)
    General information, reflective accounts and evaluation
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  • Dr Karen Knapp 
    University of Exeter
    No fault close cases
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  • Dr Robert Appleyard
    Sheffield Hallam University
    Change of circumstances notifications
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Previous FoRRM mentees acting as advisors

We are grateful to the following mentees who volunteered to help:

Mr Philip Mowlem, Poole NHS trust
Mr Mark Warren, University of Liverpool

Dissemination from this mentoring scheme

Malamateniou C, “FoRRM: A Formal Radiography Research Mentoring scheme to increase research capacity," Medical Education Colloquium June 12th 2017, King’s College London, King’s Learning institute

Malamateniou C., Mellor F., Appleyard R., Knapp KM. “FoRRM: A Formal Radiography Research Mentoring scheme to increase research capacity, a user-led design”. Achieving excellence in radiography Education and Research, November 2016, Birmingham, UK.

Malamateniou C., Mellor F., Appleyard R., Knapp KM. “FoRRM: A Formal Radiography Research Mentoring scheme to increase research capacity”. UKRC 2016, Liverpool, UK.

Malamateniou, C. FoRRM: "A Formal Radiography Research Mentorship scheme as an instrument for change.", invited talk, ECR 2016, Vienna.

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Previous FoRRM Mentors


  • 2019 FoRRM mentors

    Dr Carole Burnett, University of Leeds
    Dr Phil Cosson, Teeside University
    Dr Andrew England, Salford University
    Professor Maryann Hardy, University of Bradford
    Dr Stuart Mackay, University of Liverpool
    Dr Marius Mada, Cambridge University
    Dr Sonyia McFadden, Ulster University
    Professor Julie Nightingale, Sheffield Hallam University
    Dr Desiree O’Leary, Keele University
    Dr Angela O’Neill, Belfast Cancer Centre
    Professor Heidi Probst, Sheffield Hallam University
    Professor Bev Snaith, Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust and University of Bradford
    Dr Yat Tsang, East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
    Dr Sophie Willis, City, University of London
    Dr Nick Woznitza, Homerton Hospital and Canterbury Christchurch University
    Dr Christopher Wright, University of Exeter
    Dr Marios Yiannakas, UCL

Previous FoRRM Mentees


  • 2019 FoRRM mentees

    Sophie Alexander
    Martin Baker
    Stella Campbell
    Andy Creeden
    Marie Claire Flavin
    Grainne Forsythe
    Lisa Hay
    Deborah Jarvis
    Jackie Matthew
    Kerry Mills
    Scott Robertson
    John Sahibbil
    Amal Salah
    Heather Smoldon
    Curt Strangward
    Amy Taylor
    Carlo Vitale