Opening the door to a life-saving career

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We’re encouraging both younger and mature students to consider saving lives through cancer treatment.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s radiotherapy open day will be held at The James Cook University Hospital (north entrance) on Saturday 15 October 2016, from 10am – 12.30pm.

It offers the opportunity to tour the department and see the state-of-the-art equipment used by the therapy radiographers.

As a Senior Dosimetrist, Jane Brand plans the radiotherapy treatment plan for patients.

Employed for by the Trust for ten years, she says it was a case of the career almost choosing her.

“I knew I wanted a career in healthcare, but I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to do”, she said.

Jane Brand, Senior Dosimetrist at The James Cook University Hospital

Jane Brand, Senior Dosimetrist at The James Cook University Hospital

“My mum saw the advert for the university course at Sheffield Hallam to study radiotherapy, with work placements at James Cook.

“I hadn’t considered radiotherapy before but I went to the open day and was instantly grabbed by the idea. That was it, I applied and absolutely loved the course.

“It was three years split with most of my time at the hospital but also a lot of time over in Sheffield.”

Jane’s course saw her work a real job but also have the university experience at the same time.

“I lived in the hospital’s Halls of Residence which was fun and I met a lot of people studying different healthcare professions”, she said.

On graduating, Jane says her training left her fully equipped to tackle her new career.

She said: “This is a great hospital for students. We work really well with them and really let them get hands-on training.

”It’s intense but worth it because you when you graduate you’re ready for the job. You start your career with three years’ experience.”

Senior Therapy Radiographer and Professional Development Facilitator Keith Harland is organising the open day.

He said: “The open day is for everyone, school and college students or mature students considering a career change.

“As it happens, I retrained after nearly 30 years in the chemical industry and have never looked back.

“Radiotherapy is a challenging but rewarding career. We help fight cancer – I can’t think of anything else I’d rather spend my working day doing.”

Keith Harland is happy to discuss career and training options in radiotherapy with people who may not be able to attend the open day. He can be contacted at: keith.harland@stees.nhs.uk.