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The Radiotherapy Department at Kent Oncology Centre, based at Maidstone and Kent and Canterbury Hospitals, have won two awards from the Society of Radiographers (SoR).
Christine Richards, Head of Radiotherapy Services at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust (MTW), was named as South East Radiographer of the Year, and the Radiotherapy Treatment department as a whole was named as South East Radiography Team of the Year.

The annual awards are an opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication of radiographers across the country.

Christine’s award noted her tireless fight to promote the therapeutic radiographer profession both at a local level and nationally, as well as her enthusiasm and innovative approach to her job.
The Radiotherapy department was recognised for its hard work to ensure all patients are provided with the best possible care.

One comment from a patient was included in the team’s award citation. It read: “The reception staff were friendly, helpful and professional, well done. Radiographers – professional, extremely helpful and liaised with doctors to present a seamless service that answered all problems that arose during treatment. Excellent.”

The citation also included information around the dedicated brachytherapy team, who have pioneered radiographer-led tumour marker insertion – the first in the country to do so. The team is also the first in the world to have performed a 4D brachytherapy implant in combination with an IsoLoader.

MTW Chief Executive, Glenn Douglas, said: “This is excellent, and well-deserved, news for Christine and the whole Radiotherapy department at Kent Oncology Centre. This team work tirelessly to provide the best service possible for their patients, as well as being innovative, pioneering and an absolute asset to the Trust as a whole.”