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City, University of London
Northampton Square
London
EC1V 0HB
United Kingdom

About

Background

Soph joined City University London in September 2012 having previously held a lecturing positions at the University of Exeter for three years (2006-2009) and University Campus Suffolk for three years (2009-2012). She currently contributes towards teaching across a range of radiography programmes within City University at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Soph qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer in 2001 and worked as a radiographer at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge for a number of years, during which time she was also a clinical lecturer. She continued to practice clinically before moving into education in 2006.

Soph completed a Masters degree in Interprofessional Health Care Education in 2007 through the University of East Anglia, during which time she was introduced to educational policy. She became enthused about the subject and the discourses that arise between policy and its translation into practice, and decided to pursue the topic further and is currently engaged in doctoral studies at the University of Exeter. The title of her doctoral thesis was "Exploring non-traditional student's experience of transition into HE over the course of a year".

Soph is currently a senior lecturer in diagnostic imaging and clinical link lecturer to undergraduate radiography students at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Qualifications

- MA
- BSc (Hons)
- PgC FHEA

Clinical Activity

Link lecturer/personal tutor for the Royal Free Hospital UG diagnostic radiography students - provide pastoral care during their clinical placements and monitor that students maintain an acceptable standard of clinical skills, attendance, punctuality, appearance and general professionalism via liaison with clinical staff.

Professional Body Membership

- Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
- Higher Education Academy (HEA) - Fellow
- Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR)

Research

Doctoral Research

Soph's doctoral thesis focuses on an exploration of the nature of transition into and through higher education for non-traditional students. Her research is concerned with the experiences of learners negotiating the transition from level 3 to level 4 studies. It seeks to draw insights from the experiences of students to articulate the changing shape and experience of HE in England. The aim of my study is to contribute to the understanding of the nature of transitions through HE, as experienced by non-traditional students.

Museum of London Archeology Research

Using projection imaging techniques to assess archaeological specimens exhumed from burial sites within London. In studying ancient remains, the research aims to investigate
disease and injury in order to provide a picture of the health of past populations which may also inform the present – for example, tracing the origins of a disease. Specifically how non-destructive imaging techniques can complement many macroscopic examination techniques in order to enable characterization of bony changes specific to pathological conditions and traumatic injury. Recent work has focused on the use of dental radiography to age subadult specimens and radiological examination of specimens from Bedlam burial ground . Principle collaborators: Don Walker & Michael Henderson

Defining Quality Feedback in Health Education

Aim:
To engage current students in a project to improve their satisfaction with assessment feedback, enhance their subsequent achievement in future assessments and improve their learning experience.

Outcomes:
This work recognises the huge benefit that ongoing dialogic feedback processes have on learning. It will allow the voices of students to be heard, such that the students as participants become ‘change agents’, collaborating in shifting the assessment landscape; benefiting students and colleagues. Consequently, it is conjectured that students will come to have a better understanding of subject matter and their own learning through greater engagement with feedback provided in a format that more closely aligns with their needs/preferences.

Research Students

Name
Hanane Merhi
Thesis Title
Radiographers’ perceptions of mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in Lebanon
Name
Anna Guy
Thesis Title
Quantifying the impact of fast pitch CT scanning in paediatric patients undertaking chest imaging

Publications

Chapter

  1. Bland, P. and Willis, S.J. (2015). The People: the osteological evidence. St Marylebone's Paddington Street north burial ground Excavations at Paddington Street, London W1, 2012-13 London: Museum of London Archeology. ISBN 978-1-907586-38-5.

Conference Papers and Proceedings (51)

  1. Bland, P. and Willis, S.J. (2016). Challenges of imaging 1896-1930 at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. UK Radiological Congress .
  2. Bland, P. and Willis, S.J. (2016). Life and time of early radiation pioneers at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. UK Radiological Congress .
  3. Bland, P., Willis, S.J. and Cobb, C.J. (2016). Secondary radiation dose to the lens of the eye during trauma imaging in the resuscitation room. UK Radiological Congress .
  4. Willis, and Flinton, D.M. (2016). Formative Feedback: What works for learners? UK Radiological Cingress .
  5. Willis, , Nana, R. and Walls, D. (2016). Imaging of ruptured intracranial aneurysms: a review of imaging techniques and appearances. UK Radiological Congress .
  6. Willis, and Cosson, P. (2016). From lecture theatres – informatics in the current undergraduate programme. UK Radiological Congress .
  7. Bland, P., Willis, S.J., Henderson, M. and Walker, D. (2015). An evaluation of dental radiography to determine age in subadult archaeological specimens. UK Radiological Congress .
  8. Bland, P., Willis, S.J., Henderson, M. and Walker, D. (2015). Non-destructive imaging: evaluation of archaeological dentition specimens. UK Radiological Congress .
  9. Willis, , Schaefer, N. and Osberg, D. (2015). Exploring non-traditional students experience of transition into higher education over the course of a year. Networking for Education .
  10. Willis, (2015). Inclusive relationships with service users: what are the benefits? Learning at City Conference – Is Learning for Everyone? .
  11. Willis, , Lowe, G.S.J. and Thorne, R.J. (2015). Service user participation; realizing the benefits for education provision. UK Radiological Congress .
  12. Willis, and Ali, I. (2015). Do false positive breast screening results inhibit future screening attendances? UK RAdiological Congress .
  13. Willis, , Thorne, R.J. and Khine, R.N.M. (2015). The effectiveness of a multifaceted strategy to embed service user participation within the curriculum. Networking for Education in Healthcare (NET) .
  14. Willis, S. and Miller, N. (2014). Exploring the challenges of increasing levels of patient obesity for diagnostic imaging departments. BJR Congress Series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  15. Bland, P., Willis, S.J., Morgan, J. and Zuhair, R. (2014). A comparative evaluation of CT and US in the Imaging of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms. UK Radiological Congress .
  16. Bland, P., Willis, S.J., Humphries, S., McHugh, K., Morgan, J. and Walls, D. (2014). Collaboration and communication, developing skills for future healthcare delivery. UK Radiological Congress .
  17. Bland, P., willis, S.J. and  Atutornu, A. (2014). The effect of exposure parameter variation during projection imaging of the chest (CXR) in obese patients. UK Radiological Congress .
  18. Bland, P., Wills, S.J., Humphries, S., McHugh, K., Morgan, J. and Walls, D. (2014). Collaboration and communication, developing skills for future healthcare delivery, BJR Congress series. UK Radiological Congress 2014 .
  19. Willis, S. and Harvey-Lloyd, J.M. (2014). Optimising Lateral Lumbar Spine image imaging protocols BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  20. Willis, S. and Harvey-Lloyd, J.M. (2014). Optimising patient dose for obese patients during trauma imaging of the lateral lumbar spine using digital radiography BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  21. Willis, S., Atutornu, K. and Bland, P. (2014). The effect of exposure parameter variation during projection imaging of the chest (CXR) in obese patients BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  22. Willis, S. and Mokrian, S. (2014). Improving trauma ankle imaging BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  23. Willis, S., Mokrian, S., Bond, L., Cremer, J., Solomon, R. and Durkin, S. (2014). Partnership working: changing cultures and winning awards BJR Congress series. the UK Radiological Congress .
  24. Willis, S., Green, S. and Cobb, C. (2014). A study to determine the spatial distribution of scattered radiation during dental intra-oral radiography (IOR) BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  25. Willis, S., Repas, J. and Humpries, S. (2014). Should quantitative MRI sequences become part of routine imaging for Multiple Sclerosis? BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  26. Willis, S. and Repas, J. (2014). Imaging of hepatocellular carcinoma: a review of imaging techniques and appearances BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  27. Walls, D., Peters, S., McHugh, K. and Willis, S.J. (2014). A comparison of MDCT techniques for imaging coronary artery disease BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress Proceedings of the UK Radiological Congress 2014: 121.
  28. Willis, S., Bennett, S. and Humphries, S. (2014). What future for FAST in cases of blunt abdominal trauma? BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  29. Bland, P., Zuhair, R., Willis, S.J. and Morgan, J. (2014). A comparative evaluation of CT and US in the Imaging of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms BJR Congress series. the UK Radiological Congress 2014 .
  30. Walls, D., Adams, L., McHugh, K. and Willis, S.J. (2014). An investigation into the use of Bone Scintigraphy as a second line imaging modality for patients with radiographically occult scaphoid fractures BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress Proceedings of the UK Radiological Congress 2014: 121.
  31. Willis, S., Purdey, J. and Humphries, S. (2014). A review of Radiographer Reporting on CT Head Scans in A&E BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  32. Willis, S., Dillon, A. and Humphries, S. (2014). A review to explore techniques for optimising scanning parameters during CT imaging of paediatrics BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  33. Walls, D., Amarchih, A., McHugh, K. and Willis, S.J. (2014). Comparison of stent safety in patients with acute ST-segment elevated myocardial infarction BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  34. Willis, S. and Le Blanc, E. (2014). International review of the use of lead rubber during projection imaging BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  35. Willis, S., Harvey-Lloyd, J. and Colemen, L. (2014). Enhancing employability and helping students succeed at gaining first choice employment posts. BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  36. Willis, , Walls, D. and Khine, R.N.M. (2014). A reflexive account of academics perspectives of embracing internationalisation within healthcare education. Networking for Education Conference .
  37. Willis, and Walls, D. (2014). Measuring the success of formative learning. learning HEA Inclusive Assessment in Practice Conference .
  38. Willis, S. and Adair, A. (2013). The role of dual energy imaging in the detection of pulmonary nodules. BJR Congress Series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  39. Willis, S. and Chauhan, N. (2013). How effective are CTPA and MRA in the investigation of pulmonary emboli? BJR Congress Series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  40. Bland, P., Willis, S.J., Humphries, S., McHugh, K., Poynter, D., Walls, D. and Morgan, J. (2013). The ‘CASE’ curricula: Creative and Active Student Engagement through technology enhanced learning. Higher Education Academy Health and Social Care Conference .
  41. Willis, S., Megias, D., Evans, L. and Lacey, C. (2013). Non Conformance Reporting: evaluating interventions for improving patient safety in radiotherapy. BJR Congress series. the UK Radiological Congress .
  42. Bland, P., Willis, S.J., Humphries, S., McHugh, K., Poynter, D., Walls, D. and Morgan, J. (2013). Tablet technology: does it enhance learning and develop clinical skills? BJR Congress series. UK Radiological Congress 2013 .
  43. Willis, S. and Harvey-Lloyd, J.M. (2012). The Use of Technology Enhanced Learning to Enhance Retention within Radiography. BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  44. Willis, S. and Atutornu, K.J. (2012). pECG and rECG gated MDCT coronary angiography. BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  45. Willis, S., Boyce, M., Parashar, D. and Taylor, K. (2012). Comparing the use of PGMI scoring systems used in Cambridge and Oslo to assess the technical quality of screening mammograms: A pilot study BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  46. Willis, S., Collins, H., Dupe, R., Lennard, Z. and Heales, C.J. (2010). Optimising cervical spine imaging with digital radiography for the trauma patient. BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  47. Willis, S., Burnett, S., Crompton, S., Hiley, A., Lynch, S. and Heales, C.J. (2010). Infection Control: Are We Preparing Our Workforce? BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  48. Willis, S., Heales, C.J., Cousens, C., Iyengar, S. and Knapp, K.M. (2009). Is the teaching of skeletal image-interpretation at undergraduate level effective in preparing students for practice? BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  49. Willis, S., Burnett, S., Crompton, S., Hiley, A. and Lynch, S. (2009). An investigation into undergraduate radiographers' knowledge of NICE principles for preventing healthcare-associated infections, BJR Congress Series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  50. Willis, S., Farrell, K.R., Abbott, C., Round, K., Yalden, R. and Knapp, K.M. (2008). Pelvic projection radiography: increasing the source image distance provides diagnostic images at a reduced dose, BJR Congress series. The UK Radiological Congress .
  51. Willis, S. and Cobb, C.J. (2008). Interprofessional learning within practice education: a study to inform curriculum change. The UK Radiological Congress .

Education

Educational Leadership

Programme Director: BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging) http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/radiography-diagnostic-imaging

Course leader: Dental Radiography [short course]

Undergraduate Teaching:

Module leader:
RD1035 - Principle of Imaging Practice 1
RD1038 - Principles of Imaging in Practice 2
RC1032 - Common Module 2
RD3025 - Management and Radiographic Practice

Modules taught:
RD1033 Radiographic Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology 1
RD1036 Radiographic Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology 2
RC2021 Radiography Research & Statistics
RD2023 Principles of Imaging in Practice 2
RD2024 Professional Practice in Medical Imaging
RC3021 Research Exercise
RD3023 Image Interpretation/Evaluation
RD3024 Preparation for Clinical Practice

Postgraduate Teaching:

Module leader:
CHM002 - Education in the workplace
RCM005 - Evidence based practice

Modules taught:
CHM003 - Comparative Imaging
CRM003 - MRes Dissertation

Dental Radiography [short course]

- Diploma of dental hygiene, UCLH
- Diploma of dental therapy, UCLH

Other teaching expertise

- Core Radiology Training (years 1-3), Norwich Radiology Academy

Other Activities

Other

  1. - Extenal Examiner - University of Cumbria
    - UKRC Reviewer
    - HEA National Teaching Fellowship Scheme (NTFS) Awards Reviewer
    - External Lecturer - Norwich Radiology Academy
    - Reviewer for Radiography Journal

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