UWE radiography student wins top overseas placement

Issue date: 09 February 2011

University of the West of England radiotherapy student David Evans has won a prestigious international elective placement in the 2010 Society of Radiographers Work the World Competition

David Evans will be entitled to take a four-week placement at destination of his choice with medical elective provider Work the World. The prize includes all placement organisation, UK and overseas support, meals, accommodation and flights.

Second year radiotherapy student David said, “I am over the moon about winning the competition, and it still hasn't quite sunk in yet. Of course I hoped to win but I didn't think I stood a chance considering the extremely high calibre of students out there.”

David is planning to go to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to do his placement and will do a blog on his experiences there.

“Tanzania appeals to me because in education and clinical practice we are so focused on the latest technology and techniques, we often forget about what facilities are available to people in low income countries. My experience will hopefully highlight the needs of those around the world, rather than purely focusing on the needs of our own population.”

David is currently on his clinical placement at Poole General Hospital in the Radiotherapy and Oncology department as part of the BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy programme.

He is also a trained peer-assisted learning (PAL) leader at UWE which means he has helped facilitate review sessions for first-year students on anatomy, and radiotherapy techniques using UWE's virtual radiotherapy equipment, passing on his experiences of clinical practice from the student perspective.

UWE programme leader Jan Chianese said, “It is extremely exciting that David has won this prestigious prize to have a funded placement abroad. David is a really motivated student, he is enthusiastic about radiotherapy and the programme, and he will be an excellent ambassador.

“For students to gain experience in more than one radiotherapy department has always been an integral part of the UWE radiotherapy undergraduate programme. Each student spends 14 weeks in three different radiotherapy departments across the South West of England. Feedback from employers highlight that this mix improves adaptability and broadens experience.

“Over the last few years there have been a growing number of students interested in seeing how radiotherapy is used to treat cancer in other countries. Last year a few students managed to raise funds to work abroad, which can be difficult in the current financial climate, but there is evidence that students can learn so much from this experience.”

SoR President Sandie Mathers commented, "We were amazed and delighted by the sheer number and quality of applications – a wholly excellent start to this competition which we aim to hold annually. David and fellow winner Samantha Lightfoot just managed to pip some outstanding applications to be our first very deserving winners."

Launched in September last year, the competition asked students to submit a personal statement of 500 words describing why they would be a good candidate for the elective opportunity, how they will disseminate the knowledge they gain and what they hope to achieve personally from the experience.

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