CoRIPS research funding

The College of Radiographers Industrial Partnership Scheme offers research funding for radiographers researching any aspect of the science and practice of their profession. Bids may be made up to £5000 for small projects and up to £10,000 for one larger project, although bids for funding exceeding these amounts are considered. The scheme is part of the SCoRs commitment to the implementation of its new research strategy which aims to increase the amount of research being undertaken by the profession.

A selection of the projects funded through the College of Radiographers' Industry Partnership Scheme are detailed below. For more information, visit the Society of Radiographers' website.

Research funded through the CoRIPS

Establishing a standard for radiographer commenting in the A&E environment in the UK

Beverly Snaith and Maryann Hardy - CoR Research Award 001 £5000

Aims:
To establish the baseline of current radiographer image interpretation practice in the UK, encompassing the continuum from red dot to definitive reporting. This will include recommendations on initial and ongoing education and training, implementation guidance and quality assurance
mechanisms.

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Role extension and work-based training, a match made in heaven?

Angela Eddy - CoR Research Award 002 £2,760.77

Aims:
To examine postgraduate radiotherapy student’s experiences of undertaking work based learning modules to support role extension and development.


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X-Raying children: Identifying differences in practices between adult departments and dedicated children's hospitals in Scotland

Sandra Mathers - CoR Research Award 003 £5,000

Aims:
To compare and contrast the provision for children having x-ray examinations in adult and children’s hospitals.

To enhance the provision for children within adult x-ray departments.

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Improving student radiographers’ anatomical knowledge using immersive visualization technology

Robert Appleyard - CoR Research Award 005 £5,000

Aims:
Investigate the potential of an immersive visualisation environment (IVE) for enhancing preregistration
radiography students’ understanding of brain anatomy.

Design effective learning environments employing immersive visualisation technology.

Create a new model for LTA strategies in relation to developing spatial cognition of anatomy for radiography programmes.

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Acute fatigue in a breast radiotherapy cohort and its relationship to irradiated volumes, body mass index and biological factors: towards a predictive model

Nicholas Courtier - CoR Research Award 006 £5548.00

Aims:
To identify risk factors and develop a parsimonious predictive model for preradiotherapy fatigue in early stage female breast cancer patients receiving no
prior systemic treatment.

To analyse dose-volumetric data to evaluate correlations, independent of
BMI, between volumes of normal tissue irradiated and repeated measures of
levels of proinflammatory mediators of fatigue and fatigue at the behavioural
level.

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Observer variation of abdominal Aortic aneurysm measurements on CT datasets

Andrew England - CoRIPS Research Award 012 £1600

Aims:
A small study to investigate whether inter- and intra-observer variability is associated with the level of experience of the observer/s.

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Evaluating the clinical learning experiences of dyslexic student radiographers

Fred Murphy - CoRIPS Research Award 013 £5,552

Aims:
To explore the experiences of dyslexic student radiographers on clinical placement.

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A comparison of factors affecting participation in, and attitudes towards CPD in the UK and New Zealand: A follow-up study

Suzanne Henwood and David Flinton
- CoRIPS Research Award 015 £3121

Aims:
Repeat the 2001/2 study in the UK to see if attitudes to CPD have changed, firstly in the UK, secondly in New Zealand and thirdly to compare any changes between the two countries (it was initially planned to repeat the study two years after the mandatory requirement to undertake CPD was introduced to follow the Arneson project timescale, but it was perceived that the policy took some time to take effect and only now that auditing of CPD is being discussed do we feel it is appropriate to repeat the study and show any true effect of the mandatory policy in practice).

To compare the results with Walsh Arneson 1985 paper which showed that attitudes to CPD became more positive following the introduction of a mandatory policy.

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Experiences of radiographers advancing into reporting CT Colonography

Helen Carter - CoRIPS Research Award 018 £2000

Aims:
To explore how radiographers are advancing into reporting CT colonography.

To explore the experiences these radiographers have had along their journey and how they perceive these experiences.

To hopefully establish a consensus on activities that may be included into a national guidance framework.

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Evaluation of patient compliance in the use of vaginal dilators post pelvic radiotherapy

Lisa Punt - CoRIPS Research Award 019 £901

Aims:
The use of vaginal dilators offered post radiotherapy is to minimise vaginal stenosis, and facilitate vaginal examination and resumption of sexual intercourse. The primary aim of phase I is to evaluate patient compliance with the use of vaginal dilators.

The secondary aim of phase I will be to investigate compliance related to disease site, body image and post-treatment related vaginal symptoms.

Phase II of the study will evaluate the information given to women post radiotherapy with regard to vaginal dilation and capture user opinion on how information may be delivered to optimise compliance.

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Utilising Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) to Support and Enhance the Clinical Learning Environment for the benefit of student therapeutic radiographers and practice educators

Keren Williamson - CoRIPS Research Award 020 £4,999.50

Aims:
To explore the use of handheld computers, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs), to deliver learning resources and assessment/evaluation tools in the clinical learning environment in order to support and enhance clinical education practice within therapeutic radiography.

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Liverpool investigation of virtual reality in radiotherapy (LIViRR)

Kathryn Burgess - CoRIPS Research Award 021 –partial funding of £5,946.00

Aims:
To investigate the prevalence of "cybersickness" in a cohort of radiotherapy students who are exposed to a virtual reality training environment (the Liverpool VERT) as part of their skills training and acquisition.

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Current practice in cervical spine radiographs regarding the use of swimmers or trauma obliques

Michael Fell - CoRIPS Research Award 022 £400.00

Aims:
To establish in relation to the supplementary x-ray techniques used for demonstration of the seventh cervical vertebra (C7) and the first thoracic vertebra (T1)when the standard three radiographic projections do not demonstrate it;
a) The variations in protocols used within imaging departments in England
b) The justification for the use of these protocols.

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Experiences of neophyte therapy radiographers in extended roles

Angela Eddy - CoRIPS Research Award 025 partial funding of
£6,875.00 (£9,240.00 requested)

Aims:
This qualitative study will explore the experiences of therapy radiographers who have been working in extended roles for up to 2 years, to gain an understanding of their professional development. This greater understanding and knowledge will inform the development of a substantive theory that explicates the stages and processes of extended role practice and professional development.

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Sonographers' experiences of breaking bad news in prenatal ultrasound

Nicholas Cantlay - CoRIPS Research Award 029 £1500.00

Aims:
The aim of the research will be to identify good practice, when breaking bad news in prenatal ultrasound, with the objective of translating these findings into a protocol that can be used to guide sonographers who undertake this role.

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A case study of 16 consultant radiographers and their leadership development using the NHS leadership qualities framework

Suzanne Henwood and Lisa Booth - CoRIPS Research Award 030 partial funding of £10,576.00

Aims:
To establish and document case studies of 20 consultant radiographers, with specific reference to their leadership role.

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An exploration of the emotional intelligence (EI) of radiographers in the UK

Stuart Mackay, Stephanie Kelly, Peter Hogg, Ashley Wienberg, Judith Kelly - CoRIPS Research Award 033 partial funding of
£6925.00

Aims:
To determine the emotional intelligence (EI)levels of radiographers and radiography subpopulations e.g. diagnostic radiographers, mammographers, in the UK and compare them to other disciplines/professions.

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A study into post-traumatic and post-surgical disuse osteopenia and its short- and long-term effects

Susan Hopkins - CoRIPS Research Award 034 £9,250.00

Aims:
The aim of this study is to investigate the magnitude of disuse osteopenia at the clinically relevant fracture site of the hip in the following postmenopausal female populations:
• Traumatic fracture in the lower limb treated with internal fixation.
• Traumatic fracture in the lower limb treated with plaster of paris.
• Post total knee replacement.
• Age matched control group.

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Professionalism in therapeutic radiography - The therapeutic radiographer's perspective

Jillian Hayes - CoRIPS Research Award 035 matched funding of £4935.36

Aims:
To carry out an empirically informed theoretical analysis of professionalism and its application to therapeutic radiographers in the UK policy environment.

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What are the factors that influence job satisfaction during the transition phase from a newly qualified practitioner to band 6 therapy radiographer?

Daniel Hutton - CoRIPS Research Award 038 partial funding of £2120.10

Aims:
To obtain a detailed understanding of the current professional experiences of band 5 & 6 therapy radiographers.

To identify how and why certain factors may influence perceptions of job satisfaction.

To inform the development of future strategies that can be employed in departments to increase the level of job satisfaction, and improve retention for this group of practitioners.

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3D contrast enhanced ultrasound in perfusion studies of early renal transplants

Ben Stenberg - CoRIPS Reasearch award 041
£8230

Aims:
To improve post surgical perfusion studies through three-dimensional contrast enhanced ultrasound.

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To investigate the safe levels of radiotherapy administered to patients who have an implanted cardiac device

Lauren Evans - CoRIPS Research award 043
£4061.40

Aims:
There is a significant risk when irradiating patients with cardiac pacemakers. While it is accepted that pacemaker manufacturers publish their own guidelines regarding radiotherapy tolerance doses to the pacemaker, research has also shown that there are no national guidelines and most radiotherapy departments have no formal risk management strategy in place or a cardiac pacemaker policy.

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Analysing the introduction of new technologies within the hybrid imaging

Marc Griffiths - CoRIPS Reasearch award 048
£2,361.00

Aims:
The aim of the research study is to analyse the introduction of new imaging technologies within the nuclear medicine workforce. The research will focus on the potential cultural changes and social meanings within this workforce, following the introduction of new technologies and the subsequent development of professional identities and interprofessional working relationships.

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A feasibility study into the accuracy of Un-enhanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Pulmonary Arteries (uMRPA) in the

Christine Everitt - CoRIPS Research award 049
£1985.74

Aims:
The aim of this feasibility study is to demonstrate whether non-invasive unenhanced magnetic resonance of the pulmonary arteries (uMRPA) is a viable diagnostic alternative to lung scintigraphy for PE in patients contraindicated for CTPA.

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Is there a relationship between ultrasound scanning ability and visuospatial perception or psychomotor ability. Should this type of assessment be employed as a pre selection tool for ultrasound training?

Elizabeth Chapman - CoRIPS research award 050
£7,758.00

Aims:
The aim is of this study is to assess the feasibility and utility of visuospatial perception and psychomotor ability testing as a pre-selection tool for ultrasound training.

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A systematic review of the accuracy of radiographer reporting in gastrointestinal examinations

Robert Meertens - CoRIPS Research award 051
£500

Aims:
The principal aim of this study is to investigate the ability of radiographers to provide radiological reports in the clinical environment, with regards to fluoroscopic gastrointestinal procedures and computed tomography colonography, and to recommend whether it is feasible for them to do so in
clinical practice today.

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