A radiographer from St Mary’s Hospital Portsmouth has received an award for her outstanding work after she took on additional training to support Portsmouth patients.
Stephanie Parkman, and fellow centre senior radiographer Siobhan Edwards-Bannon, studied for a Post-graduate Certificate in Clinical Reporting at Canterbury Christ Church University, Kent.
Stephanie gained an award for receiving the highest scores of any student on the course which is open to radiographers nationwide.
“I was surprised but happy to receive the award. The qualification has trained us to examine and interpret X-rays. This means they do not have to be externally reported by a radiologist and this greatly reduces the time clinicians and patients at the centre, and at Havant Diagnostic Imaging Centre, need to wait for results.”
Stephanie says she enjoys her job as she now spends half of her time with patients and half analysing the images she has taken, writing specialist reports explaining her findings.
She said: “The course was paid for by Practice Plus Group, that runs the centre, and Siobhan and I very grateful for the time we were given to study and virtually meet with our mentors at Queen Alexandra Hospital and St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester.”
Hospital director Penny Daniels said: “Everyone is extremely proud of the hard work and perseverance shown by Stephanie and Siobhan. Their dedication to improving their skills on order to support patients is impressive. Congratulations and thank you to everyone that supported them.”
Stephanie won the InHealth prize for academic achievement in Clinical Reporting.