Awards and Achievements


The staff in the medical illustration department at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are constantly maintaining and developing their skills.

They carry out work and projects within various professional teams with the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI), contribute to national guidelines and deliver presentations at external conferences.

In addition, a selection of clinical photographs are submitted (with patient consent) for national awards on an annual basis.


IMI Awards

Members of IMI are invited to submit clinical photographs, videos, graphic design work and illustrations for inclusion in the IMI annual awards exhibition. The entries are judged by a professional panel and the resulting awards are displayed in a professional exhibition at the Annual IMI conference The medical illustration department are pleased to have achieved a number awards over the past few years.

At the 48th Annual IMI conference in 2016, senior clinical photographer, Debbie Banks was awarded the Wellcome Images Photographic Library Premier Award and a Gold IMI Award for her clinical photograph of an Eye Cyst. She also received a Bronze IMI Award for her submission of an Abdominal Hernia.

Clinical photographer, Alison Ling Williamson’s photograph of Dupuytren’s Contracture was selected for inclusion in the Wellcome Images photographic library.

At the 47th Annual IMI conference in 2015, Alison received a Bronze IMI Award for her clinical photograph of a Fibrosarcoma. Senior clinical photographer, Lynsey Searle, was also presented with a Bronze IMI Award for her photograph of a Cystic Hygroma. Both of the submissions demonstrate a high level of skill, and were captured using cross lighting techniques.

IMI Awards Gallery

The photographic IMI Awards can be viewed on the IMI website:

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IMI guidelines

Medical Illustration manager, Lisa Fisher has written a number of IMI National Guidelines to support fellow professionals by producing the following:

  • 2016 IMI National Guidelines – A Guide to Good Practice – Chaperone Guidelines
  • 2014 IMI National Guidelines – A Guide to Good Practice – Mobile Phone Photography Guidelines

The aim of the guidelines is to promote standard of practice and improve quality of service delivery across the profession.


Presentations

Lisa Fisher has delivered a number of presentations at national conferences on a range of photography subjects:

Digital Imaging Radiology Information Systems and PACS 2016 conference, London – Lisa was invited to speak about ‘Legal and ethical considerations in the management of clinical photographs’ where she discussed the use of clinical photographs outside of direct patient care and current methods of practice, including image management, security, patient consent and confidentiality.

2013 Annual IMI conference, Leicester – Lisa delivered a presentation entitled ‘Not-so-smart phones’. The presentation addressed current issues around the increasing use of personal mobile phones for clinical photography. The aim was to provide clinical photographers with practical advice and to promote corporate guidance to ensure compliance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

2012 Patient Information Forum (PiF) conference, Leeds – Lisa delivered a presentation on ‘Sourcing, creating and using images’. This presentation was developed to assist graphic designers and patient information officers with sourcing appropriate healthcare through a variety of media resources including collaborative working with hospital photography services. This was followed by a practical session to help develop photography skills for those required to produce their own images.


Journal articles

The department staff also contribute to their professional journal, ‘The Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine’ which is an international medical journal dedicated to the medical illustration profession and is published on behalf of IMI. Supporting the research, development and interests of professionals, the journal publishes articles closely related to clinical photography, videography, graphic design and illustrations.

Debbie Banks submitted an article in 2014, entitled ‘Setting apart the amateur from the professional: Maintaining the value of standardised representational photography’. This article examined the variety of current methods of maintaining the gold standard of image standardisation in clinical photography and also identified areas of potential barriers to good practice to highlight the importance of maintaining quality standards.

In 2010, Lynsey Searle attended the ‘Revolutionary Ideas Biocommunications Conference’ in Boston, Massachusetts after being chosen from a number of applicants to visit the four-day event. On her return she provided an editorial piece for the journal, depicting her incredible journey to North America with a detailed account of the full conference. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity that has aided her professional development and allowed for an unforgettable experience, for which she is grateful.

‘Setting apart the amateur from the professional: Maintaining the value of standardised representational photography’ is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Journal of Visual Communications in Medicine on 27 April 2014’, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/17453054.2014.974518

‘HeSCA and BCA Conference Boston, 2–5 June 2010’ is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The Journal of Visual Communications in Medicine on 19 November 2010, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.3109/17453054.2010.525443


Future plans and developments

The department staff continually to seek ways to contribute to their profession and service development through professional activities and projects:

Medical Image Management System (MIMS) administrator, Catherine Russell, and Lisa Fisher will be presenting at the 49th Annual IMI conference in 2017 in Nottingham to discuss the legal and ethical considerations of image management, database functionality and the associated specialist job role.

Lisa Fisher is returning to the Digital Imaging Radiology Information Systems and PACS 2017 conference, this time in Manchester, to deliver her presentation ‘Legal and ethical considerations in the management of clinical photographs’.