Gill Roe - Advanced Radiographer Practitioner
Healthcare across the world has greatly improved thanks to improved imaging techniques. These have meant that much more accurate diagnoses can be made.
At LTHT, we have a dedicated team of radiographers who work on a 24/7 basis across the Trust, supporting other departments.
Gill Roe has been working at LTHT for 18 years, starting in 1998. She is currently one of two Advanced Radiographer Practitioners working in Gastrointestinal Radiology.
"The range and variety of patients I see means that no two days are the same. Because we see people at different stages of illness, it means that the case mix is always varied," said Gill. "Despite the fact that our interaction is somewhat fleeting, I am really proud of how the team treats everyone we see with kindness and respect. This is especially important as some of the people we see may have undergone surgery or recently had news, like a cancer diagnosis."
"In my role I oversee a team of Radiographers and assistants delivering imaging services for Gastrointestinal patients. This is done through fluoroscopy - where a dye is used to discover leaks, blockages and cancers, amongst other things, using a live x-ray," she explained. "I feel really lucky to have such a great team around me and there's a real sense of camaraderie. They add real value to the working day and all work towards offering the best possible care for the individual, tailored to suit the needs of the patient."
As an Advanced Practitioner, Gill has been given specialist training in order to perform duties more commonly associated with radiologists. This means that as part of her extended role she performs and interprets a number of fluoroscopic examinations and procedures.
Gill also received an award last year for her work around the training and implementation of a system within the Trust based around the safe interpretation of nasogastric (NG) tube check x-rays. This has helped to improve safety across the Trust and further afield.
"I have the opportunity to perform examinations as an Advanced Radiographer Practitioner, meaning that my consultant colleagues can devote more of their time to more serious cases. The specialist training means that I can offer more services to patients in one go," explained Gill. "Naturally, myself and Radiographer and assistant colleagues work as part of a much wider Multidisciplinary team across different services. This all means that the patient can get the right diagnosis and follow up treatment if necessary."
"My work around NG tube insertion has been a real source of pride for me, helping to develop processes which make care in hospital safer for patients. I have been particularly pleased by the response of my radiographer colleagues across the Trust who we have trained in this role - around 150 at last count," she said. "I am looking forward to see what the future holds for the department and we are always looking for ways to improve what we do."
Outside of work, Gill is very keep on keeping fit and active. She also likes to see her friends and family when she has free time.
"I am really into CrossFit and do it practically every evening and weekend down at CrossFit Leeds. I also enjoy going for walks with my partner and we like to explore Leeds and Yorkshire whenever we can," said Gill. "When I have chance, I like to catch-up with friends and see family too."