The SIMI Research Group, based at the University of Cumbria, is centrally concerned with issues of effective medical communication and everyday practice, clinician and patient wellbeing, and effective practitioner education surrounding all medical imaging modalities.

Today, X-rays (Plain Radiography), Diagnostic Ultrasonography, Computerized Axial Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), alongside other related modalities, are indispensable elements of modern medicine. Each year, around 40 million medical imaging tests are conducted in the English National Health Service alone. While the technical/technological aspects of these procedures are of indisputably significant importance, the range of social and social psychological concerns affecting clinicians and patients within (and beyond) the direct clinical encounter also has significant ramifications for the medical process.

The group is always open to involvement from, and collaboration with, like-minded clinicians and academics. Equally, we would encourage any prospective research students interested in our sphere of expertise to get in touch regarding the possibility of studying for a PhD with us. You can follow us on Twitter too: @SIMIResearch.

Recent Research

Recent published research has addressed:

  • Children's coping strategies in MRI (Kada, Satinovic, Booth and Miller 2018).
  • Communicative and practical issues arising between expert diagnostic radiographers and obese patients (Woods, Miller and Sloane 2016; Miller, Woods, Sloane and Booth 2017);
  • Work-related injury among sonographers (Bolton and Cox 2015);
  • Communication between junior diagnostic radiographers and patients with dementia (Miller, Booth and Spacey 2017);
  • Evidence-based educational interventions to help address the UK’s sonographer shortage (Waring, Miller and Sloane 2015);
  • The emergent role of the Consultant Radiographer in healthcare practice (Henwood and Booth 2015; Booth, Henwood and Miller 2016; Henwood, Booth and Miller 2016);
  • Student radiographers’ attitudes to ageing patients (Booth and Kada, 2015; Booth, Kada, Satinovic, Phillips and Miller, 2017);
  • The social and psychological impacts of understaffing in UK ultrasound (Waring, Miller, Sloane and Bolton, 2018; Miller, Waring, Bolton and Sloane, 2018).
  • Radiology Unit managers’ perspectives on curriculum design for diagnostic radiography (Sloane and Miller, 2017).

 

Current Projects

Currently-running projects include research addressing:

  • Towards a discursive psychology of expertise in radiography education: lecturers' use of "authenticity through autobiography" in classroom sessions;
  • Detecting and reporting domestic abuse of the elderly: mapping the concerns of experienced radiographers;
  • Breaking “bad news” in clinical ultrasound;
  • Epiphanies, experience and clinical confidence: on the sense of having become a “real” sonographer;
  • First-post radiographers’ experiences of the transition from a student identity to a professional one;
  • Experiences of work-related musculo-skeletal disorder among experienced sonographers;
  • Legal implications of first-post radiographers’ knowledge of dementia ethics;
  • How Ultrasound service managers identify “talent” in prospective employees.

 

SIMI Founding Members

Dr. Lisa Booth, Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography, University of Cumbria, UK. Email: lisa.booth@cumbria.ac.uk. Tel: 01524 384580.

Dr. Paul K. Miller, Senior Lecturer in Research Methods and Social Psychology, University of Cumbria, UK. Email: paul.miller@cumbria.ac.uk. Tel: 01524 384161.

Charles Sloane, MSc., Principal Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography, University of Cumbria, UK. Email: charles.sloane@cumbria.ac.uk. Tel: 01524 384640.

 

Current SIMI Membership

Gareth Bolton, MSc., Senior Lecturer in Clinical Ultrasound, University of Cumbria, UK. Email: gareth.bolton@cumbria.ac.uk

Dr. Nicholas J. Cantlay, Practice Manager / Radiographer, Direct Medical Imaging Ltd., UK. Email: ncantlay@dmi-uk.com

Dr. Dean Harris, Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography, Liverpool University, UK. Email: dean.harris@liverpool.ac.uk

Dr. Mark Hoelterhoff, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh. Email: mark.hoelterhoff@ed.ac.uk

Dr Sundaran Kada, Associate Professor, Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging, Norweigian University of Science and Technology, Norway. Email: sundaran.kada@ntnu.no

Amanda Marland, MSc., Lecturer in Clinical Ultrasound, University of Cumbria, UK. Email: amanda.marland@cumbria.ac.uk

Dr. Peter Phillips, Senior Lecturer in Medical Imaging, University of Cumbria, UK. Email: peter.phillips@cumbria.ac.uk

Sarah Skidmore, BSc., Diagnostic Radiographer, Lancaster Royal Infirmary, Lancaster, UK. Email: sarahlee1211@hotmail.co.uk

Shelley Smart, MSc., Lecturer in Clinical Ultrasound, University of Cumbria, UK. Email: shelley.smart@cumbria.ac.uk

Adam Spacey, BSc., Doctoral Researcher, University of Bournemouth, UK. Email: aspacey@bournemouth.ac.uk

Lorelei Waring, MSc., Senior Lecturer in Clinical Ultrasound, University of Cumbria, UK. Email: lorelei.waring@cumbria.ac.uk

Amanda L. Wiggans, BSc., Diagnostic Radiographer, Lancaster Royal Infirmary, Lancaster, UK. Email: amanda.lou09@live.co.uk

Julie de Witt, MA, Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging, University of Derby. Email: J.T.de-Witt@derby.ac.uk

 

Selected SIMI Outputs

International Peer-Reviewed Papers (2015-)

Kada, S., Satinovic, M., Booth, L. and Miller, P.K. (2018) 'Managing discomfort and developing participation in non-emergency MRI: Children's coping strategies during their first procedure', Radiography, doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2018.06.009.

Miller, P.K., Waring, L., Bolton, G.C. and Sloane, C. (2018) 'Personnel flux and workplace anxiety: personal and interpersonal consequences of understaffing in UK ultrasound departments', Radiography, doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2018.07.005. 

Waring, L., Miller, P.K., Sloane, C. and Bolton, G.C. (2018) 'Charting the practical dimensions of understaffing from a managerial perspective: The everyday shape of the UK’s sonographer shortage', Ultrasound, 26(4), pp.206-213. doi: 10.1177/1742271X18772606

Booth, L., Henwood, S. and Miller, P.K. (2017) ‘Leadership and the everyday practice of Consultant Radiographers in the UK: Transformational ideals and the generation of self-efficacy’, Radiography, 23(2), pp. 125-129. doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2016.12.003.

Booth, L., Kada, S., Satinovic, M., Phillips, P. and Miller, P.K. (2017) 'Student Radiographers' attitudes towards the older patient: A longitudinal study’, Radiography. doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2017.03.014.

Miller, P.K., Booth, L. and Spacey, A. (2017) ‘Dementia and clinical interaction in frontline radiography: Mapping the practical experiences of junior clinicians in the UK’, Dementia. doi: 10.1177/1471301217700742.

Miller, P.K., Woods, A.L., Sloane, C. and Booth, L. (2017) ‘Obesity, heuristic reasoning and the organisation of communicative embarrassment in diagnostic radiography’, Radiography, 23(2), pp. 130-134. doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2016.12.002.

Sloane, C. and Miller, P.K. (2017) ‘Informing radiography curriculum development: The views of UK radiology service managers concerning the ‘fitness for purpose’ of recent diagnostic radiography graduates’, Radiography. doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2017.05.013

de Witt, J. (2017) 'Personal resilience for diagnostic radiographer healthcare education: Lost in translation', International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care, 5(2), pp.38-50. doi: 10.18552/ijpblhsc.v5i2.404.

Booth, L., Henwood, S. and Miller, P.K. (2016) ‘Reflections on the role of consultant radiographers in the UK: What is a consultant radiographer?’, Radiography, 22(1), pp. 38-43. doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2015.05.005.

Henwood, S., Booth, L. and Miller, P.K. (2016) ‘Reflections on the role of consultant radiographers in the UK: The perceived impact on practice and factors that support and hinder the role’, Radiography, 22(1), pp. 44-49. doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2015.06.001.

Kada, S. and Booth, L. (2016) 'Student radiographers' attitudes towards the older patient: Six and twelve months post intervention', Radiography, 22(2), pp. 147-151. doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2015.10.001.

Woods, A.L., Miller, P.K. and Sloane, C. (2016) 'Patient obesity and the practical experience of the plain radiography professional: On everyday ethics, patient positioning and infelicitous equipment', Radiography, 22, pp. 118-123. doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2015.09.005.

Bolton, G.C. and Cox, D.L. (2015) 'Survey of UK sonographers on the prevention of work related muscular‐skeletal disorder (WRMSD)', Journal of Clinical Ultrasound, 43(3), pp. 145-152. doi: 10.1002/jcu.22216.

Booth, L. and Kada, S. (2015) 'Student radiographers' attitudes toward the older patient – An intervention study', Radiography, 21(2), pp. 160-164. doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2014.09.010.

Henwood, S. and Booth, L. (2015) 'On becoming a consultant: A study exploring the journey to consultant practice', Radiography, 22(1), pp. 32-37. doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2015.03.013.

Landmark Prior Work

Booth, L. and Henwood, S. (2014) ‘Models of communication excellence’. In: Henwood, S. (ed.) ‘Practical leadership in nursing and health care: a multi-professional approach’. CRC Press: Boca Raton, USA, pp. 53-68.

Booth, L. (2008) 'The radiographer-patient relationship: Enhancing understanding using a transactional analysis approach', Radiography, 14(4), pp. 323-331. doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2007.07.002.

Booth, L. (2007) 'Observations and reflections of communication in health care – could Transactional Analysis be used as an effective approach?', Radiography, 13(2), pp. 135-141. doi: 10.1016/j.radi.2006.01.010.

National and International Conference Presentations (2015-)

Bolton, G.C., Booth, L. and Miller, P.K. (2018) 'Sonographers' experiences of work-related musculoskeletal disorder: The everyday consequences of physiological stress and injury in contemporary ultrasound', UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Liverpool ACC, 2nd to 4th July 2018.

Croft, R., Miller, P.K., Booth, L. and Bates, E.A. (2018) 'Detecting and reporting domestic abuse of the elderly: Mapping the concerns of experienced radiographers', UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Liverpool ACC, 2nd to 4th July 2018.

Harris, D., Smart, S., Gill, R., Miller, P.K., Bolton, G.C., Waring, L. and Marland, A. (2018) ‘The impacts of a clinically-orientated approach to teaching physics in ultrasound to sonography students’, UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology CongressLiverpool ACC, 2nd to 4th July 2018.

Sloane, C. and Miller, P.K. (2018) 'Coping and the plain radiography student: Professionalism and the crippling dilemma of accountability before and after graduation', UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Liverpool ACC, 2nd to 4th July 2018.

Waring, L., Miller, P.K., Marland, A. and Smart, S. (2018) 'Addressing the UK's sonographer shortage through new initiatives higher education: Evaluating the perspectives of ultrasound unit managers', UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Liverpool ACC, 2nd to 4th July 2018.

Waring, L., Miller, P.K., Sloane, C. and Bolton, G.C. (2018) 'Charting the practical dimensions of understaffing from a managerial perspective: everyday consequences of the UK’s sonographer shortage', UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Liverpool ACC, 2nd to 4th July 2018.

Booth, L., Kada, S., Satinovic, M., Phillips, P. and Miller, P.K. (2017) 'Student Radiographers' attitudes towards the older patient: A longitudinal study', UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Manchester Central Convention Complex, 12th to 14th June 2017.

Booth, L., Miller, P.K. and Spacey, A. (2017) 'Dementia and the law in frontline UK radiography: The practical experiences of junior clinicians', UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Manchester Central Convention Complex, 12th to 14th June 2017.

Kada, S., Booth, L., Satinovic, M. and Miller, P.K. (2017) 'Managing discomfort in non-emergency MRI: Children's coping strategies during their first procedure', UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Manchester Central Convention Complex, 12th to 14th June 2017.

Miller, P.K., Booth, L. and Spacey, A. (2017) 'Patient dementia and clinical interaction in frontline diagnostic radiography: Mapping the practical experiences of junior clinicians in the UK', UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Manchester Central Convention Complex, 12th to 14th June 2017.

Sloane, C. and Miller, P.K. (2017) 'The views of UK radiology service managers concerning professionalism: on the ability of newly qualified radiographers to cope with working in contemporary clinical contexts', UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Manchester Central Convention Complex, 12th to 14th June 2017.

Waring, L., Miller, P.K. and Sloane, C. (2017) 'Constructing the “Ideal” first-post sonographer: Mapping the views of Ultrasound Department leads in the UK', UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Manchester Central Convention Complex, 12th to 14th June 2017.

de Witt, J. (2017) 'Resilience for Healthcare practice: A study to explore student perceptions of personal resilience and the potential role of coaching approaches in building resilience', 28th International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference. Churchill College Cambridge, 5th to 7th September 2017.

de Witt, J. (2017) 'Resilience for clinical practice; project findings', National Association of Educators in Practice Conference. The Studio, Birmingham, 21st April 2017.

de Witt, J., and Wood, K. (2017) 'Role of coaching approach and appreciative enquiry in student skills based formative assessment feedback', UK Radiological and Radiation Oncology Congress. Manchester Central Convention Complex, 12th to 14th June 2017.

Miller, P.K., Woods, A.L., Sloane, C. and Booth, L. (2016) 'Obesity, heuristic reasoning and the organization of communicative embarrassment in patient-facing diagnostic radiography', UKRC Clinical Imaging Conference. Liverpool ACC, 6th to 8th June 2016. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3655.6408.

Sloane, C. and Miller, P.K. (2016) 'Soft Skills and Hard Lessons: The future of Radiography Education in the UK', UKRC Clinical Imaging Conference. Liverpool ACC, 6th to 8th June 2016. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3393.4960.

de Witt, J. (2016) 'Exploring the potential role coaching skills for student development', 27th International Networking for Healthcare Education Conference. Churchill College Cambridge, 6th to 8th September 2016.

Woods, A.L., Miller, P.K. and Sloane, C. (2015) 'Patient obesity and the practical experience of the medical imaging professional: an interpretative phenomenological analysis', UKRC Clinical Imaging Conference. Liverpool ACC, 29th June to 1st July 2015. doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3393.4960.

Commissioned Reports (2015-)

Waring, L., Miller, P.K. and Sloane, C. (2015) The future of sonographic education. Health Education England. Available at: https://hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Ultrasound Futures - Waring Miller Sloane - June 2015.pdf