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Radiation Protection Training Course

Monday 19 – Friday 23 April 2021

Organised by the Joint Department of Physics of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Institute of Cancer Research.

Course Outline

The course provides the theoretical background and training necessary for the radiological protection requirements of both ionising and non-ionising radiations used in hospitals.

The main four-day module (Monday to Thursday) covers the following subject areas: radiation risks, dosimetry, biological effects, instrumentation, legislation, transport, emergencies, and safe practice in the medical uses of ionising radiations.

The additional (optional) 1 day module on Friday covers non-ionising radiation protection.  As well as lectures, there will be small informal workshop sessions covering a range of practical issues.

The course is at a level suitable for hospital physicists working in the field of radiation protection or those who want to expand their knowledge in this field. It is particularly suitable for those wishing to become Radiation Protection Advisers (RPA) and covers the Basic Underpinning Knowledge (Basic Syllabus) as set out in Annex 3 of the HSE statement on Radiation Protection Advisers.

The course is an IPEM approved external short course.

Course materials, PowerPoint presentations and a certificate of attendance are provided. Those wishing to use the course towards RPA certification can sit an optional marked short exam.

Applications from abroad are welcome. 


Education & Conference Centre
The Royal Marsden Hospital
Stewart's Grove (off Fulham Road)

Course Overview

Day 1: Review & the effects of radiation

  • Historical Review
  • Protection Agencies
  • Interactions and Units
  • Sources of IR Exposure
  • Instrumentation
  • Risks and Effects

 Day 2: Statutory requirements

  • Framework
  • IR(ME)R17
  • IRR17
  • EPR2016
  • Transport Requirements

Day 3: Radiation protection in hospitals

  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Patient Doses & DRLs
  • External Beam radiotherapy
  • Brachytherapy
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • PET & Cyclotron
  • Optional Assessment

Day 4: External influences & Emergencies

  • NRES and Research Ethics
  • RPA Certification
  • Emergencies
  • NAIR & Accidents
  • Guest Lecturer

Day 5: Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (optional)

  • Ultrasound
  • MRI & Spectroscopy
  • Microwave & RF
  • Ultra-Violet

Days 1–4  Workshops

  • Role Play
  • The Unexpected
  • Auditing
  • Risk Assessment
  • Research Ethics Applications

(The organisers may need to alter the final programme to fulfil practical commitments.)

Course organisers

Mr Jim Thurston & Ms Jessica Sowden (The Royal Marsden Hospital)

Lecturers include

Miss Margaret Bidmead (Royal Marsden Hospital)
Dr Elly Castellano (Royal Marsden Hospital)
Mrs Elizabeth Benson (Kings College Hospital)
Mrs Natalie Bleackley (Royal Marsden Hospital)
Dr Iain Murray (Royal Marsden Hospital)
Mrs Brenda Pratt (Royal Marsden Hospital)
Dr Ian Rivens (Institute of Cancer Research)
Mr Nicholas Komaromy (Royal Free Hospital)
Dr Maria Schmidt (Institute of Cancer Research)
Ms Jessica Sowden (Royal Marsden Hospital)
Mr Jim Thurston (Royal Marsden Hospital)


Course Fees

Full five days including optional module in non-ionising radiations:

£650 for applications received on or before 30 April 2020
£750 for applications received after 30 April 2020

Four-day module on ionising radiations only:

£550 for applications received on or before 30 April 2020
£650 for applications received after 30 April 2020

Payment Options

  • Invoice - Registration Form must quote valid Purchase Order number     
  • Cheque - made payable to: Institute of Cancer Research - DRIPHYAAE
  • Credit/debit card - please contact the RPTC Secretariat if you wish to pay by this method.
  • BACS/Overseas - please contact the RPTC Secretariat for details


Registration Form

Numbers of participants are strictly limited to provide a friendly open forum for debate, and to assist in the running of the workshops. Registration therefore is on a first-come-first-serve basis, there are no provisional bookings.

A place will be allocated only on receipt of registration form together with a cheque, valid quoted payment reference or completed bank transaction (credit/debit card or BACS).

Registration forms without a cheque or payment reference will not be processed.


Accommodation is available in nearby hotels, B&Bs and private houses. Details can be supplied on request by ticking the appropriate box on the registration form.

Further information

Further details on course content can be obtained from the course organisers:

Mr Jim Thurston Tel: +44 (0)20 7808 2509; or

Ms Jessica Sowden Tel: +44 (0)20 7808 2505

For registration details and any other queries contact the RPTC Secretariat:

[email protected]  Tel: +44 (0)20 8661 3075

Physics Department
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Downs Road
Sutton, SM2 5PT

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