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2013 New Voices

Saturday 5th October

The popular New Voices session, named in memory of Julie Dorrington, gives first-time presenters the opportunity to give a short ten-minute presentation on a topic of their choice. This session is always well attended, as we hear from some of the brightest new voices in our profession. The winner of the best overall presentation, as voted by the delegates, will receive the Julie Dorrington Membership Award, comprising a certificate and a prize of a year's free membership.

This year's New Voices presentations include:


 Photography or video in assessing breast reconstruction? - Rosie Smithers

This presentation will discuss the role of Medical Illustration Services in a research-based project designed to assess aesthetic outcomes following breast reconstruction, by use of static photography and real-time digital video. The trial, led by the Plastic Surgery Unit, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, was undertaken in 2012.

Thirty-five patients were photographed, and then video-recorded, performing a standardised series of movements. The initial protocol development will be discussed, alongside the challenges and lessons learned throughout the duration of the trial. Finally, the potential implications for the clinical recordings of such patients will be considered.

Rosie has worked for the last 7 years as a Clinical Photographer as part of a large team of Medical Photographers within Medical Illustration Services, Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Servicing multiple sites across the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde catchment area, she helps deliver Dermatology and Ophthalmic services on multiple sites.

 In 2011 Rosie successfully attained the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Photography from the University of Staffordshire. She was also awarded a bronze in the IMI Awards of 2011 and published a Case Presentation in the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine. Her proudest achievement to date has been winning the IMI/Hesca exchange and being able to represent IMI at the 2011 Hesca Conference in Phoenix Arizona.

Currently she is the Reporter to the IMI Scottish Board, reporting on training and education events to IMI News.



 Show me where? - Helping children with speech problems to communicate. - Jan Sharp

 ‘Show me where’ is an educational tool to help children affected by speech difficulties. The idea was designed by school nurse, Irene Hammond from The Hollies Special School, Cardiff and artwork produced by medical artist, Jan Sharp from the Media Resources Centre, Cardiff.

Initially developed for autistic pupils who cannot communicate when in pain and find clinical examinations distressing and traumatic. ‘Show me where’ became a familiar tool in the classroom and pupils responded favourably by increasing communication with staff and compliance during medical examination.

After presenting to other clinicians  ‘Show me Where’ was found to have a wider market, suitable for children with limited or no speech due to disability or injury and also for immigrant children with limited knowledge of English.

This presentation talks about the development, design and marketing challenges to get the project to print and production as an app.

Jan Sharp is the Senior Medical Artist at the Media Resources Centre at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Graduating from Liverpool College of Art with a degree in Graphic Design and Illustration, she moved to Cardiff to work as a Medical Artist in 1982, obtaining a PGC in Medical Illustration in 2003.

Currently working part time for Media Resources on a variety of work including medical and surgical illustration for student and patient education, a communication tool for autistic children and the production of ibooks and apps. Jan is also a member of the EPIC research team, a collaboration between Cardiff and Bangor Universities who have been evaluating and producing patient information for children and young people with Type 1 Diabetes.

Working in a freelance capacity, Jan was commissioned to produce medical illustrations for the NHS Choices web site as well as completing two 20ft mosaic panels with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.



Meg's Top tips to creative PR photography  – Meg Pearson

 'This presentation is a visually overloaded chart count down to my top tips for creative public relations (PR) photography. I will give a number of tips that have assisted me in producing creative PR photographs. The aim of the talk is to assist clinical photographers in getting the most out of a photographic assignment and produce creative photographs with high visual impact.'

 Meg is currently working as a Senior Clinical Photographer in the Media Resources Centre at Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board.

She has been in the profession since 1988, she started at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust as a clinical photographer. It was here that her interest in PR photography started when she had the opportunity to shadow a local press photographer for a week.

In 2003 Meg moved to South Wales to help set up a Brewery Studios, an advertising and commercial photography studio (Brewery Studios) with her husband before securing a clinical photography post in the Media Resources Centre.

For the last two year Meg has had a lead role in the PR session at the IMI Summer School.



An Overview of Work Placement Students within an Ophthalmic Imaging Service – Becky Smith

For the past 2 years the Medical Imaging Department at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has accommodated students on work placements from the BSc (Hons) Clinical Photography course delivered by the University of Westminster. During the Course the students have the opportunity to attend hospital based placements giving them real life experience in a variety of Clinical Photography specialisms. In the 3rd and final year of study the students attend Moorfields Eye Hospital to gain experience in Ophthalmic Imaging.

The placement at Moorfields Eye Hospital affords them the opportunity to experience life in a very busy department seeing between 150 - 200 patients per day.  For each patient image records are created on a multiple number of image modalities for the purposes of diagnosis and management of a wide variety of conditions.

My presentation will describe the experiences of both the students and work placement supervisor.  It will detail examples of activities that students have observed and have also been able to participate in.  During the annual review of the work placement we are able to address any concerns that students may have.  This is also an opportunity for constructive feedback to enable improvements for the future.

The Medical Imaging Department at Moorfields Eye Hospital is proud of the placement experience that the staff are able to offer students.  It has been invaluable in giving students ophthalmic experience, which is increasingly becoming a core part of Clinical Photography roles.  The fact that many of the students have gone on to fulfil roles where Ophthalmic Imaging forms part of their day to day Clinical Photography is a good measure of how effectively we have been able to engage students with our placement programme.

When Becky graduated in 2008 from the University of Westminster’s BSc (Hons) Photographic and Digital Imaging Course, she considered both a career in Forensic and Medical Photography. An attractive trainee position became available in the Cotswolds and she successfully applied. The role was dynamic and enabled her to Iearn a lot; developing a particular interest in Ophthalmic Imaging.

Looking to develop the ophthalmic specialism Becky secured a post at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, where she has worked since early 2011. At Moorfields Becky has been able to extend her knowledge of ophthalmic conditions and she has continued her interest in research by investigating novel imaging techniques.



 "Does creating one's own anatomy flashcards help improve medical students' retention of anatomical knowledge?" - Victoria McCulloch

My research focuses on whether students feel that the creation of their own anatomy flashcards aids in their retention of anatomical knowledge and their interpretation of medical illustrations. My hypothesis of this research is that students who create their own anatomy flashcards will find this method of revision useful in the retention of anatomical knowledge and find it to be a more interactive and novel approach to revise anatomy.

 This presentation will outline both the research carried out and its results on whether the creation of your own flashcards helps in both the retention of anatomical knowledge and better interpretation of medical illustrations.

Victoria McCulloch is a medical artist and illustrator completing an MSc in Medical Art in 2013, with an undergraduate degree in Anatomical and Physiological Sciences BSc (Hons) both from the University of Dundee. Victoria has a keen interest in both human anatomy and art, and has been actively creating artwork since her early school days in Edinburgh (with an A level in Art) with a particular interest in anatomical illustration.

Her MSc in Medical Art was a great chance to combine her two passions. She has background experience in life drawing through classes at both the Edinburgh College of Art and at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee. Victoria had her first piece of anatomical artwork, a charcoal drawing of the rib cage, published in 2009, in the online AXIS Online Journal of CAHID, University of Dundee. She has also assisted a PhD student with highly detailed medical illustrations of the structures of the hand.

Always looking to acquire new skills, Victoria has created three-dimensional models in FreeForm and digital artwork with the use of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. She found the most interesting part of her Masters was getting the chance to observe surgical procedures in the Plastics and ENT departments at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee, whilst creating surgical illustrations.

Victoria has also successfully tried her hand at other art media, including jewellery making in precious metals at the Edinburgh College of Art, in 2010. Her interests outside of art and anatomy include travelling and voluntary work around the world. In 2008 she spent 5 weeks in Ghana, West Africa, teaching art to primary school children, and then in 2010 she spent a month volunteering at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia.

Victoria’s ambition is to develop and combine her art and anatomical skills to help in the advancement of both the understanding and teaching of human anatomy.



 Pressure Ulcers:  Beyond the Image - Debbie Banks

 Pressure ulcers affect an individual’s quality of life and have the potential to contribute towards the cause of death.

Healthcare professionals are required to comply with pressure ulcer guidelines recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), in terms of pressure ulcer management. In response to this, many Trusts use the Braden Scale to assess a patient’s risk of developing a pressure ulcer and also adhere to European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (EPUAP) criteria to document existing ones.

 Medical Illustration departments can be overwhelmed with inappropriate requests for photographing pressure ulcers due to incorrect identification and grading, thus putting strain on limited resources. If clinical photographers were to develop their skills further, we could prevent this from happening.

 Within the Medical Illustration Department at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, all clinical photographers have been trained in correctly identifying and grading pressure ulcers. This has proved beneficial in terms of resource use and the organisation of incident reporting across the Trust. The following discussion will identify the benefits of understanding basic wound care recognition, assessment and grading and how pressure ulcer training will positively influence the Medical Illustration profession.

Debbie Banks works as Senior Clinical Photographer within the Medical Illustration Department at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

After completing a BA (Hons) in Photography, Video and Digital Imaging at The University of Sunderland, Debbie worked in the private healthcare sector as a Medical Laboratory Assistant. However, after a few years she decided to combine her two passions - healthcare and photography. Thus Debbie completed a PG Certificate in Medical Illustration with Cardiff University while working as a Trainee Medical Photographer at Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. In a whirlwind career, Debbie gained a position as Senior Medical Photographer at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust before settling back in her home town in her current role.

Debbie has been presented with many Bronze and Silver IMI awards over the past few years, including the Peter Kilshaw Student Award in 2011. Additionally she was awarded the ‘Best Case Presentation’ category for ‘Choroidal Neovascularisation’ with the OIA, and has also had clinical images published within Pulse Magazine by UBM Medica Ltd. Debbie is an Editor in Professional Development for the Journal of Visual Communication in Medicine and it is here she can help to provide knowledge and information to fellow professionals within Medical Illustration.

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