Eilir Hughes

Senior lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography/ Admissions Tutor

School of Health Sciences
Email:
eilir.hughes@bcu.ac.uk
Phone:
0121 202 4257

I trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer in Wrexham, North Wales. On qualifying I moved to the Midlands and have remained ever since. I worked in a number of hospitals, accumulating a broad range of experience and undertaking many imaging modalities. I began at Selly Oak Hospital with a busy District General Hospital portfolio of examinations and specialisms.

My next post was promotion and a move into specialist neuro-imaging, in a small unit based in Smethwick, in the Black Country. including the newly introduced CT scanning and some complex angiography.

Following my time at Smethwick I was able to gain a post at the General Hospital in Birmingham. This was very busy hospital with many specialisms and a very bust A&E service, which served the locality and the office/shopper population of the city of Birmingham. I became involved with student training, there, and had many fantastic years with great colleagues, excellent students and a very busy clinical life. During this time, I studied for and gained my degree with the Open University.

As the General Hospital prepared to close, I returned to the Black Country once more. This time I moved from a full-time clinical role to managing the Radiography service at Sandwell General Hospital in West Bromwich. I was lucky to have good senior colleagues and managers, who gave me support at all stages of my post. I learned so much and I will always be grateful to them. It was in this time that I developed my continuing interest in NHS policy and management, which has never left me. In 2004 I made the move into the academic world and UCE, which is now Birmingham City university.

Working with students is a different challenge from patients but very rewarding. The potential that each student brings with them is exciting to see and the hope of helping guide that potential into a solid, caring clinical career is most rewarding.

I specialise in two main areas:

  • NHS policy, management and employment support
  • Foundation Degree level Diagnostic Radiography, in general

I believe strongly in the value of patient care and work constantly to promote this, when I am able.

The work of a lecturer is not confined to the buildings here at Birmingham City University and I, like all my colleagues, regularly visit students on their clinical placement. This allows us to check on the students’ progress/concerns and provide a link of University developments to the staff in the departments we support. In this sense, we take the University to clinical practice and bring clinical practice back to the University.

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