Mr Andy Williams
Senior Teaching Fellow
I joined the Radiography team in the School of Health Sciences in February 2006 following almost 30 years of clinical experience in a number of Radiotherapy Centres in the UK. I also had the opportunity to work at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, when the country was developing its national Cancer & Radiotherapy programme during the 1980’s.
Prior to joining the University my clinical role involved the operational management of all aspects of the radiotherapy pathway from pre-treatment preparation & planning to treatment delivery and I have always been involved in the clinical education, supervision & assessment of students in the clinical environment and my teaching role has been a natural progression of these responsibilities.
My academic research interests cover the use of simulated and virtual reality environments for the learning, teaching and assessment of clinical skills and the development of 3-D spatial visualisation skill in complex clinical environments.
My clinical interests lie in the areas of clinical governance, quality improvement, patient safety and clinical leadership. As the field of cancer management has evolved, the integration of new technology into clinical practice becomes increasingly important, my interests in this area have an emphasis on image guided adaptive radiotherapy and the use of targeted molecular therapy.
My doctoral research has explored the measurement and development of 3-D spatial visualisation of learners in Radiography. By employing a test battery of mental rotation and cross sectional tasks, the research has demonstrated that the determination of baseline performance at the start of a programme of education is feasible.
The analysis of subcomponent scores and error patterns facilitates the identification of those who may benefit from additional 3-D visualisation activities. This can lead to enhanced learner engagement and a more effective and focused use of simulation resources for preparation for practice in a range of complex clinical environments.