The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has invested in on-campus CT imaging facilities, including a Somatom go.Up CT system from Siemens Healthineers, which will see students benefit from modern technology that is primed for diagnostic and radiotherapy practice.
The CT suite is said to be the first fully functional clinical setting of its kind in a UK university. The investment bolsters the university’s academic offering, helping it define itself as a key educational establishment for consideration by radiographers and radiotherapists of the future.
“The Somatom go.Up CT system is an exciting addition to the facilities available to students at UWE Bristol’s Glenside campus. Having access to advanced clinical equipment is vital to our Health and Social Care, Science, Applied Sciences and Engineering programmes across the University,’’ said Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences pro-vice chancellor and executive dean Dr Marc Griffiths.
The Somatom go.Up uses the most recent operating platform from Siemens Healthineers, preparing students for use of similar systems. UWE Bristol has also invested in the PEPconnect online education platform, offering eLearning, webinars, videos and virtual classrooms.
Acting deputy head of department AHP Dr Alex Palombi added: “The new CT will help us to create real world experiences for our students and enhance their employability skills so that they can help meet the increase in demand of the NHS workforce due to COVID-19.”
Picture: Senior technical instructor Gemma Witchard, senior technician Ian Parsons, MSc nuclear medicine programme leader Simon King, senior lecturer radiotherapy and oncology Simon Bowers and Siemens Healthineers GB&I CT clinical education specialist Dan Birchall.
Published on page 32 of the January 2021 issue of RAD Magazine.