Mrs Helen Anderson
DCR(R), BSc(Hons), MSc, PgCert Clinical Education, FHEA
I qualified as a diagnostic radiographer in Edinburgh and worked throughout Lothian. One of my early posts was at Edinburgh Dental Hospital followed by experience in acute and district general hospitals. Latterly I specialised in ultrasound scanning. I elected not to work when my children were young, instead studying for a degree with the Open University then a masters in biotechnology. This led to my involvement in a project with Dundee University investigating the management of heart disease.
On relocating to Grampian I worked as a paediatric radiographer at RACH and within the community in single handed practice. During this time I was part of the Health Service Research Group at RGU and was co-author of two papers investigating the provision of imaging services for paediatric patients.
I joined the University of Aberdeen Dental School in 2014. My role is to teach practical and theoretical dental radiography to undergraduate students and support the clinical work in the imaging department. I hold the post of Radiation Protection Supervisor for the dental hospital. Within the dental school I have roles in the admission and BDS3 year lead teams. In liaison with the dental nurse tutors I train dental nurses in radiography and continue to develop this course further in order to increase provision for future applicants. I am a member of the NEBDN radiography committee.
I completed the Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Education in 2017 and obtained fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2018. I am co-lead of the Athena SWAN self assessment team at the Institute of Dentistry, The Institute is proud to hold an Athena SWAN bronze award.