Radiotherapy apprentice in the running for national award

Radiotherapy apprentice Joe Maslen has been named as a finalist for the national Our Health Heroes awards, delivered by Skills for Health.

Maslen joined the radiotherapy department at Charing Cross Hospital, London, part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, as a radiotherapy apprentice assistant practitioner in 2020.

He was the first person to be hired in this newly- created apprenticeship role in the department. Trust clinical practice educator Jamie Brooks says Maslen has hit the ground running, exceeding all expectations: “Since joining the trust Joe has been quite the innovator, creating a pilot infection control project that reduced both virus and bacteria levels passively in the radiotherapy department. This is being further extended to the oncology wards in the hospital.

“Joe has also assisted in a major quality improvement project, working with a consultant clinical oncologist and other staff to collect data on primary brain tumour patients, and is working with a Society of Radiographers group to help redefine delegation, supervision and governance for radiography support workers. He is a clear ambassador for apprenticeships,” Brooks said.

In addition, Maslen is an ambassador for north-west London allied health professionals and has joined a Health Education England organisation committee.

The Our Health Heroes awards is sponsored by Unison, NHS England, NHS Employers and others. Gold, silver and bronze Apprentice of the Year award winners will be announced at a ceremony in London on June 7.

Picture: Radiotherapy apprentice Joe Maslen has been recognised for his innovation.

Published on page 3 of the May 2023 issue of RAD Magazine.

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