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Joyce Watchorn, 55, is a clinical tutor and lecturer in radiography at South Tyneside Hospital.

Where do you work?

South Tyneside District Hospital for St Martin's College, Lancaster/ Carlisle.

What does your job involve?

Co-ordinating the clinical placement, practical training and assessment of student radiographers.

What are the most important qualities you need for this type of work?

Enthusiasm for the subject; empathy; patience.

How long have you been in the profession?

I have been a radiographer for 30 years and have spent three years as a clinical tutor.

What training did you do?

I trained as a radiographer at Dryburn Hospital (now University Hospital of North Durham), where I studied human anatomy and physiology, physics, photography, radiographic technique, patient care and ethics.

For the clinical tutor post I qualified as a further education teacher with Sunderland Colleges and was trained by St Martin's in student assessment.

Why did you decide to do this job?

I had some experience with NVQ students on a secondment post and found that I loved teaching.

When the opportunity arose for a clinical tutor post I could see that it offered me the chance to not only teach but teach radiography, which I loved, as well as being able to still carry out some radiography.

What do you like best about it?

Helping the students to take what they have learned in theory at college and translate it into action ( to produce high-quality images with high-quality patient care.

What do you like least about it?

Doing assessments. Although this is very necessary to ensure they are competent, it is very stressful for the students (and me as well).

What's your favourite film and book?

My favourite book is The Chequer Board by Neville Shute. My favourite film is Now Voyager.

What's your favourite food?


How would you spend pounds 1m?

I would buy a property with land on which I could keep a variety of animals, for example, goats, pigs, chickens and geese as well as my horses, dogs and cats, and if possible it could become a sanctuary for injured wildlife.

Radiographers must do a three-year degree course in radiography approved by the Health Professionals Council. A course is available in Teesside University. Contact the Society and College of Radiographers at 207 Providence Square, Mill Street, London SE1 2EW. Call (0207) 740 7200 or see To become a lecturer, candidates must qualify as a further education teacher.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Apr 25, 2005
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