Date: 24 August 2017
Kim Meeking, a radiotherapy research advanced practitioner at University Hospital Southampton, has received two prestigious awards in recognition of her research into how experiences of radiotherapy are shared on social media.
Kim’s work, which was part of her NIHR funded Masters in Clinical Research (MRes), was recognised at the recent UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology congress (UKRCO) held in Manchester in June. Her poster, All of a twitter: the radiotherapy conversation in the digital age, was awarded first prize in two categories. After receiving the College of Radiographers’ Beth Whittake Prize for best poster, Kim also went on to win the UKRCO award for best poster at the entire conference.
Kim explains: “It was a privilege to present my Master’s work at the UKRCO conference in June and I still can’t believe that it received so much warm feedback and won these awards! It underlines to me that there is a lot of interest in digital communication and how it can be harnessed to benefit patients and professionals alike.”
Kim, who has now completed her MRes, was pleased to find out that she had been awarded a distinction when grades where announced last month. She added: “The NIHR funded MRes has been the best thing I have done professionally, and I would encourage anyone with a passion for improving patient care to explore the clinical academic training opportunities available through the NIHR.”
Kim has shared her experience of undertaking a masters in the latest edition of the CRN Wessex VISION magazine. Following on from her MRes, her plans for the future involve applying for funding to set up an abstract competition for her colleagues in radiotherapy. The aim is to give others the opportunity to attend next year’s UKRCO conference, which provides a great platform for presenting research excellence.
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