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portrait of Richard Thorne

Richard Thorne

Senior Lecturer in Radiotherapy

School of Health Sciences, Division of Midwifery and Radiography

Contact Information


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M125, Myddelton Street Building

Postal Address

City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Richard initially worked as a therapeutic radiographer at St. Bartholomew's Hospital. After becoming a senior radiographer he took the position as clinical tutor at The Middlesex Hospital Radiotherapy department. He then continued teaching with Charterhouse College of Radiography when it was formed in 1994 taking on the role of clinical coordinator during this time. When the College became part of City University London in 2004 he continued as one of the key members of the radiotherapy teaching team and became pre-registration radiotherapy programme director in 2009. Over this time he developed a keen interest in e-learning and was instrumental in developing the successful blended learning approach used with the programmes today. His more recent work has focused on the further development of partner engagement in the design and delivery of the radiotherapy programme including students, service users, carers and practice partner staff. He has also worked as a partner with the HCPTS as a fitness to practise panel member.


  1. MSc Health Sciences, Clinical Care, University of Westminster, United Kingdom, 1994 – 1996
  2. Clinical Teaching Certificate, College of Radiographers, United Kingdom, 1991
  3. DCR(T), College of Radiographers, United Kingdom, 1988

Administrative roles

  1. UG Radiography Student Staff Liaison committee chair, City, University of London, School of Health Sciences
  2. Board of Studies member, City, University of London, School of Health Sciences


  1. Senior Lecturer, City, University of London, Aug 2018 – present
  2. Programme Director, Pre-registration Radiotherapy, City, University London, Aug 2009 – present
  3. Lecturer, City, University London, Jan 2004 – Jul 2018
  4. UG Radiotherapy Clinical Coodinator, Charterhouse College of Radiography, Jan 1994 – Jan 2004
  5. Clinical Lecturer, North East Thames School of Radiography, Jan 1991 – Jan 1994
  6. Senior Radiographer, St Bartholomews Hospital, 1990 – 1991
  7. Radiographer, St. Bartholomew's Hospital, 1988 – 1990


  1. Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy, Oct 2017 – present

Memberships of professional organisations

  1. Society and College of Radiography, 1988 – present
  2. Health and Care Professions Council, 1988 – present


  1. School of Health Science, City, University of London (2019) SHS Staff Award - Exceptional Contribution to the Student Experience (Academic)
    SHS Staff Awards 2019
  2. City, University of London (2017) First prize winners - Excellence in User and Carer Involvement
    Thorne R, Willis S (2017) Conversation as an opportunity for learning. Excellence in User and Carer Involvement. City, University of London.
  3. City, University of London (2017) Gold prize winners - SHS Health Has Got Talent
    Thorne R, Camilleri B, O’Sullivan P (2017) Ask the Experts. A workshop with people who stammer and people who have had laryngectomy for Speech and Language Therapy and Radiotherapy Students. Health Has Got Talent. City, University of London.
  4. CEAP, City University London (2008) Teaching Innovation Group Prize
    Farquharson M, Thorne R, & Morgan J


Research Interests

Improving the student learning experience through:
- the use of technology
- service user involvement
- effective clinical experience and support


Conference papers and proceedings (10)

  1. Willis, (2015). Inclusive relationships with service users: what are the benefits? Learning at City Conference – Is Learning for Everyone?.
  2. Willis, , Lowe, G.S.J. and Thorne, R.J. (2015). Service user participation; realizing the benefits for education provision. UK Radiological Congress.
  3. 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).
  4. Thorne, R., Morgan, J. and Farquharson, M. (2007). A Coordinated Approach to Providing Blended Learning. BbWorld Europe Conference 1 January, Nice, France.
  5. Flinton, D., Thorne, R. and Cherry, P. (2002). Radiotherapy Fatigue - Disruption to Routine. XIIth ISRRT World Congress Amsterdam, Holland.
  6. Flinton, D., Thorne, R., Raymond-Barker, C. and Younge, W. (2001). A determination of the accuracy of manual outlining methods for radiotherapy planning. UK RC.
  7. Flinton, D., Thorne, R., Raymond-Barker, C. and Younge, W. (2001). Manual outlining methods for radiotherapy planning, which material is most accurate? ISRRT Conference of the Americas.
  8. Flinton, D., Thorne, R., Waller, S., Nelson, N., Tharpar-Francis, P. and Cherry, P. (2000). Fatigue Levels Experienced by Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy to the Breast. Radiography Conference Adare, Ireland.
  9. Thorne, R., Raymond-Barker, C. and Younge, W. (1999). Cancer Information on the Internet. Radiotherapy Conference Nottingham.
  10. Thorne, R., Maher, J., Young, J., Swallow, A. and Elliot, B. (1996). Informational Needs of Male Urological Cancer Patients. British Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference Glasgow, UK.

Journal articles (3)

  1. Armstrong-James, L., Khine, R.N.M., Thorne, R.J., Tuckey, M.J.E. and Bennett, C. (2020). Radiotherapy students' perceptions of support provided by clinical supervisors. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 19(1), pp. 15–19. doi:10.1017/S1460396919000426.
  2. Flinton, D., Cherry, P., Thorne, R., Mannion, L., O'Sullivan, C. and Khine, R. (2018). Compassion satisfaction and fatigue: An investigation into levels being reported by radiotherapy students. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 17(4), pp. 364–367. doi:10.1017/S1460396918000274.
  3. Flinton, D.M., Thorne, R.J., Waller, S., Nelson, N., Thapar-Francis, P. and Cherry, P. (2002). The effect of the recommendation of two different physical activity strategies on fatigue experienced during radiotherapy. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 2(4), pp. 207–214. doi:10.1017/S1460396902000055.

Posters (5)

  1. Thorne, R., Bennett, C., Armstrong-Jones, L., Tuckey, M. and Khine, R. Improving Retention in Radiotherapy - Delivering an Intervention to Enable Clinical Supervisors to Support and Nurture Students to Achieve their Full Potential. The College of Radiographers Annual Radiotherapy Conference 2020, 2020.
  2. Flinton, D., Cherry, P., Thorne, R., Mannion, L., O'Sullivan, C. and Khine, R. Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue in Student Therapeutic Radiographers. European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology (ESTRO). Barcelona, Spain., 2018.
  3. Thorne, R. Technology Supported Spiral Learning in Radiotherapy. The College of Radiographers Annual Radiotherapy Conference, Newcastle, UK., 2017.
  4. Khine, R.N.M., Raymond-Barker, C.M., Flinton, D., Cherry, P. and Thorne, R. Radiotherapy students’ perceptions of skills training simulation using a bariatric suit. European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology (ESTRO). Turin, Italy., 2016.
  5. Flinton, D., Thorne, R. and Cherry, P. Physical Activity in Patients Undergoing Radiotherapy. Radiotherapy Seminar, 1997.


Educational Leadership

Programme Director - B.Sc.(Hons) Radiography (Radiotherapy and Oncology)

Module Leadership

RT1034 - Anatomy, Physiology and Oncology 1
RT2034 - Radiotherapy Physics and Planning
RC3021 - Research Exercise
RC3022 - Research Project

Teaching & Assessment

RC1032 - Common module 2
RT1034 - Anatomy, Physiology and Oncology 1
RT1035 - Anatomy, Physiology and Oncology 2
RT2032 - Management and Radiotherapy Technique A
RT2034 - Radiotherapy Physics and Planning
RC3031 - Research Exercise
RT3023 - Management and Radiotherapy Technique B
RT3025 - Competence to Practice B2
ICR MSc Oncology - Clinical skills

Other Activities


  1. Employability Conference 2020: expanding the narrative for a rapidly changing world. (Conference) Open University, UK (2020).
    Paper: Advocating Professional Aspiration in Health Science Students
    Author: Thorne, R.
    Description: The pre-registration health programmes at City, University of London, School of Health Sciences all have the aim of supporting students to realise their true career potential as well as securing employment at the end of their course. However, the learning opportunities contributing towards these goals must also deliver outcomes that align with the professional, statutory and regulatory bodies for health for graduates wanting to register to practice. As such curricular are ever-evolving to keep pace with the requirements of clinical practice and learners’ focus have the potential to move away from maximising their own aspirational goals.

    To support learners balance their focus between both programme and registration requirements and maximising their own career potential, the Skills for Health (2013) employability framework is being developed as a tool to help support reflection on learning whilst retaining an employability focus and identifying self-development action plans. Using the tool longitudinally through programmes can encourage students to identify the potential that new and changing learning opportunities have for their future career aspirations. This presentation explores a practical approach being taken to support student career aspiration and planning.


  1. External Examiner, Glasgow Caledonian University (Sep 2018 – present).