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Radiation protection training course

Date: Monday 25 – Friday 29 April 2022


We are going to run a virtual Radiation Protection Training Course from Monday, 6 December to Wednesday, 8 December 2021 with a reduced timetable covering Ionising Radiation 2017 together with general awareness of other regulations. The aim is to provide the knowledge required for RPA Certification. If you are interested, please contact the course secretary [email protected]

Course outline

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

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 4 day module (Monday until 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.

The cost includes course materials, lunches and light refreshments.

Applications from abroad are welcome. 


The course will be held at The Education and Conference Centre, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Stewart's Grove (off The Fulham Road), London, SW3 6JJ.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to continued uncertainty with the pandemic, the course may change from face to face to a virtual course depending on government advice and restrictions.


Accommodation is available in nearby hotels, B&Bs and private houses.  Please contact us if you require details.

Course overview

Day 1: Review and effects of radiation

  • Historical review
  • Interactions and units
  • Instrumentation
  • Sources of exposure and risks in pregnancy
  • Risks and effects (including biological)
  • Radiation protection framework

 Day 2: Statutory requirements

  • Regulatory authorities and external agencies
  • IRR17
  • IR(ME)R17
  • Other legislation and guidance
  • RP culture and ethics

Day 3: Radiation protection in hospitals

  • Diagnostic radiology
  • External beam radiotherapy
  • Brachytherapy
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Patient doses & DRLs
  • PET & cyclotrons
  • Optional assessment

Day 4: External influences and emergencies

  • RPA certification
  • HRA and ethics
  • Emergencies
  • Guest lecturer

Day 5: Non-Ionising radiation protection (optional)

  • Medical lasers
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultra-violet
  • Safety issues in MRI
  • Microwave and RF lasers

Days 1–4 Workshops

  • Role play
  • Risk assessments
  • Auditing
  • The unexpected
  • Research ethics applications

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

Course organiser

Dr Elly Castellano (Royal Marsden Hospital)

Lecturers include

Mrs Elizabeth Benson (Kings College Hospital)
Miss Margaret Bidmead (Royal Marsden Hospital)
Mrs Natalie Bleackley (Royal Marsden Hospital)
Dr Elly Castellano (Royal Marsden Hospital)
Dr Allison Craig (Royal Marsden Hospital)
Mr Laurence King (Royal United Hospital)
Mr Nicholas Komaromy (Royal Free Hospital)
Dr Iain Murray (Royal Marsden Hospital)
Mrs Brenda Pratt (Royal Marsden Hospital)
Dr Ian Rivens (Institute of Cancer Research)
Dr Maria Schmidt (Institute of Cancer Research)
Mr Jim Thurston (Dorchester County Hospital)


Course fees

Full five days including optional module in non-ionising radiations

£675 / €755for applications received on or before 1 March 2022
£780 / €875 for applications received after 1 March 2022

Four-day module on ionising radiations only

£570 / €640 for applications received on or before 1 March 2022
£675 / €755 for applications received after 1 March 2022

Payment options

  • Invoice - registration form must quote valid purchase order number     
  • BACS/Overseas - please contact the RPTC secretariat for details


Registration Form

The number of participants is strictly limited to provide a friendly open forum for debate and to assist in the running of the workshops. Therefore registration 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 valid quoted payment reference or completed bank transaction, BACS payment.

Registration forms without payment reference will not be processed.

Further information

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

Dr Elly Castellano

Tel: +44 (0)20 7808 2514

For registration details and any other queries contact the RPTC secretariat by email:

[email protected]

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

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