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Rosy Plaistow - clinical scientist, medical physics/radiotherapy

Rosie Plaistow
Rosy Plaistow - clinical scientist, medical physics/radiotherapy

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Full name

Rosy Plaistow

Job title/role

Clinical scientist


Medical physics/radiotherapy

Healthcare science specialism

Radiotherapy physics

What does your job involve?

Scientific support for radiotherapy: working with therapy radiographers and oncologists. In treatment planning – we use computer modelling to prepare complex treatment plans for radiotherapy patients. In dosimetry – we perform routine quality assurance of radiotherapy treatment machines, ensuring that they are calibrated and operating as the treatment planning systems reflect; we also perform patient specific QA to ensure that patient treatment plans are correct and deliverable. In addition, we ensure that geometric and dosimetric verification systems are operating optimally. In amongst all this we sort workflow logistics and working processes, all to ensure that patients receive safe and adequate radiotherapy to treat their cancer.

What role did you and your team play in the COVID-19 response?

We very quickly adapted to home working where possible whilst still ensuring that enough staff were on site to perform machine quality assurance and to deal with immediate problem solving.

What’s the best thing about your job?

Knowing that each day another person receives a treatment that I contributed to, which in turn improves their quality of life.