I worked as a diagnostic radiographer within the NHS for 5 years whilst studying for the award of PhD. I came to work at the University of Cumbria in 2000, where I have been mainly responsible for the development of modules around the patient care aspects of diagnostic radiography for both the BSc and MSc medical imaging awards. Part of this role also involves supervising students whilst they are on clinical placement. I also have an input into those research modules as related to medical imaging.

My research area of interest tends to focus on those aspects that relate to patient care in radiography, including; communication skills; breaking bad news and dealing with claustrophobia. I have undertaken my own research, as well as supervised others research in these areas. I have experience of research supervision at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels. I also have some experience of successful grant applications from the CoRIPS scheme (£11,000 and £1500 respectively), which we have used in our projects that investigate leadership skills and breaking bad news in radiography.

I also have an interest in research ethics and for this reason I am a member of the research ethics committee at the University Cumbria and I am a funded chair of the NHS research ethics committee.

Qualifications and memberships

(1995) BSc(Hons) Diagnostic Radiography (1999) Transactional Analysis 101 Certificate

(2002) PhD in Communication Strategies in Diagnostic Radiography

Academic and research interests

Communication skills

Breaking bad news

Dealing with claustrophobia


Booth L. (2002) The Communication Strategies of Diagnostic Radiographers: A Transactional Analysis Approach'. Ph.D thesis. Lancaster University

Booth L, Manning D. Observations of radiographer communication: An exploratory study using Transactional Analysis. Radiography; 2006:12(4): 276-

Booth L. Observations and reflections of communication in health care - could Transactional Analysis be used as an effective approach? Radiography; 2007:12(2): 135-141

Booth L. Understanding communication in diagnostic radiography. Radiography; 2008:14(4):323-331

Booth L. One Route into Academia. Synergy; 2008: 20-21

Goulston R. Booth L. Holmes K. Caring for the learning disabled patient during medical imaging procedures. Synergy; 2009: 22-26

Booth L. Brown P. (2010) 'Research Governance and Ethics'. in Ramlaul A. (ed.) Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy Research: Skills and Strategies. Churchill Livingstone.

Booth L. Bell L. (pending approval) 'Screening for claustrophobia in MRI' Radiography

Henderson D. Gray W. Booth L. 'The effectiveness of a reporting radiographer-led discharge system for minor injuries: A prospective audit over two years'. Emergency Medicine Journal 2012:10.1136/erermed-2011-200642

Booth L. Manning D. (2001) 'Communication Strategies of Diagnostic Radiographers'. British Institute of Radiology Conference. Wembley, 21-23 May.

Booth L. (2002) 'Communication Strategies: A Transactional Analysis Approach'. European Association for Communication in Health Care Conference. Warwick University, September

Booth. L. (2003) 'Communication strategies of diagnostic radiographers' First Interdisciplinary Conference on Communication Medicine and Ethics: COMET Cardiff University 26-28 June. Cardiff: Health Communication Research Centre

Booth L. (2006) 'Understanding Radiographer-patient communications' International UK Radiological Congress (UKRC) Birmingham 15-17 May

Booth L. (2006) 'Radiographer-patient communications: Strategies for Diagnostic Success' fourth interdisciplinary conference on Communication Medicine and Ethics: COMET, Cardiff. 29 June - 1 July

Booth L. (2006) 'understanding radiographer communications with patients during general radiographic procedures' European Association for Communication in HealthCare. Basle Switzerland 5-8 September

Cantlay N. Booth L. (2008) 'Breaking Bad News in Prenatal Ultrasound' 7 Interdisciplinary Conference on Communication Medicine and Ethics: COMET Cardiff 26-28 June.

Cantlay N. Booth L. (2010) 'Breaking bad news in prenatal ultrasound: temporality and involvement from the sonographer's perspective' European Association of Communication in Healthcare 2010, Verona, Italy - 5-8 September

Henwood S. Booth L. (2011) 'A Case Study of Consultant Radiographers and Their Leadership Function Using the NHS LQF' International UK Radiological Congress (UKRC) Manchester 6-8 June

Henwood S. Booth L. (2012) 'Positioning and Recruitment Issues in Radiography: a whole new concept' International UK Radiological Congress (UKRC) Manchester 25-27 June

Henwood S. Booth L. (2012) 'Challenges to Consultant Practice: what have we learned?' International UK Radiological Congress (UKRC) Manchester 25-27 June

Henwood S. Booth L. (2012) 'Coaching: an emerging field and new to radiography' International UK Radiological Congress (UKRC) Manchester 25-27 June

Booth L. Henwood S. (2012) 'Leadership Qualities Framework: Can you improve over time' International UK Radiological Congress (UKRC) Manchester 25-27 June

Henwood S. Booth L. (2012) 'Coaching as a form of leadership Development in Consultant radiographic Practice'. The Third International Neuro-linguistic programming research conference. University of Hertfordshire 6-7 July

Henwood S. Booth L. (2012) 'Consultant Practice in the UK: What can we learn from experience?' New Zealand Institute of Medical Radiation Technology National Conference - 'Quality Counts' (NZIMRT) Auckland 17-18 August 2012 - won best paper

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

Recent external roles

January 2003 - Senior Lecturer at the University of Cumbria (Current Academic Post)

September 2000 - Lecturer at St. Martin's College

November 1997 - Senior Radiographer Royal Preston Hospital July 1995 - Radiographer Royal Lancaster Infirmary