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Dr Paul Brown

Dr Paul Brown

Senior Lecturer

School of Healthcare Sciences

+44 (0)29 206 87764
Room 3.31, 3rd Floor, Ty Dewi Sant, Heath Campus, Cardiff, CF14 4XN


My main research interests to date have focussed firstly upon service provision to cancer patients, in particular how and why complementary medicine is used, and secondly the professional roles, needs, and development of Therapeutic Radiographers. My PhD study merged the two areas by investigating the division of labour and professional autonomy and their part in the utilisation of complementary medicine within conventional cancer treatments. The main findings showed that around 75% of radiotherapy departments/oncology centres in England & Wales use some form of complementary medicine alongside conventional cancer treatments, mainly to relieve stress and improve the general well-being of the patient. The overall picture is one of vibrancy and long-term fulfilment with the service predominately delivered by lay complementary practitioners and nurses. Excluding Therapeutic Radiographers a struggle for power is not seen as central to many proponents.

Current interest includes the perceptions of teenage cancer survivors to risk and lifestyle.


External Examinerships/Validations/Peer Review

2011 - 2015    External Examiner (Radiotherapy), University Campus Suffolk.

2011 - 2014    External Examiner (Radiotherapy), Liverpool University.

2009 - present Peer Reviewer, College of Radiographers Industrial Partnership Research Awards.

2008 Peer Reviewer (Posters), United Kingdom Radiology Conference.

2008 Peer Reviewer, Qualitative Research.

2008 HPC (Education) Validator, Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, IHCD Paramedic Award.

2008 Peer Reviewer, Research Grant Award Committee, Faculty of Oncology, Royal College of Radiologists.

2007 & 2008 Peer Reviewer, Research Grant Award Committee, Faculty of Radiology, Royal College of Radiologists.

2007 HPC (Education) Validator, Operating Department Practitioner Undergraduate Programme at Keele University.

2007 HPC (Radiotherapy) Validator, Radiography Undergraduate Programme at University of Hertfordshire.

2005 - 2010    External Examiner (Pre-registration & Undergraduate Radiotherapy Programmes), Sheffield Hallam University.

2005 - present Member of International Advisory Board, Journal of Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice.

2004 - present Peer Reviewer, Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice

2004 University Validator, Radiography Foundation Degree Programme at University of Portsmouth.

2000 - 2004 External Examiner (Radiotherapy), Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh.

2000 - 2004    External Examiner (Undergraduate & Postgraduate Radiography Programmes), London Southbank University.

2000 JVC (Radiotherapy) Validator, Radiography Undergraduate Programme at University of Ulster.

1992 Project Supervisor for Higher Diploma, College of Radiographers, London.

Member of the following committees/groups at national (UK/Wales) and local level:


2003 - 2006 Validator, Society & College of Radiographers.

2003 - present Visitor (Validation), Health Professions Council.

2003 - present Partner, sitting on Investigation, Conduct & Competence Committees, Health Professions Council.

2003 - present Research Group, Society and College of Radiographers. (Vice-Chair 2011)

2002 - 2005    Chair of Research Group, Council of Radiography Education Directors.

2000 - 2001 Radiotherapy Educational & Professional Development Group, Society and College of Radiographers.

1999 - 2003    Registered Validator, Joint Validation Committee of Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine (CPSM) and College of Radiographers.

1997 - 2005 Council of Radiography Education Directors (Institutional).


2001 - present Multi-Centre Research Ethics Committee for Wales (Member for Allied Health Professions).

1995 - present    Clinical Oncology Sub-committee, Welsh Scientific Advisory Committee.


2009 - 2010 Postgraduate Cardiff University Teaching & Learning (PCUTL)     Assessor & Mentor

2009 - present Academic Member, Cardiff University Research Ethics Committee.

2006 - present Member, School of Engineering Research Ethics Committee.

2004 - present Internal Member of Cardiff University Programme Approval Panels for: MSc in Biophotonics; MSc in Sports Physiotherapy; Certificate of Higher Education in Dental Nursing; MSc in Magnetics. BSc. Nursing.

2004 - present School Ethics Officer, School of Healthcare Studies.

2003 - 2004 UWCM Appeals Board.

2000 - 2002    School of Healthcare Studies Academic Quality & Standards Committee.

1999 - present School of Healthcare Studies Research Ethics Committee. (Chair since 2004)

1997 - present    School of Healthcare Studies Research Committee.

1996 - 2002    External Representative, Course Review & Management Committee, Dept. of Occupational Therapy Education.

1995 - 2001    Staff Representative, School of Healthcare Studies Academic Board.

1994 - 2002    School of Healthcare Studies Postgraduate Management Committee.

Professional memberships

2002 - present Fellow of Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

1994 - 2000 Hon. Treasurer, Welsh Branch, Society & College of Radiographers.

1993 - 2000 Committee Member, Welsh Branch, Society & College of Radiographers.

1985 - 1987    Local Representative (Nottingham) & Committee Member, East Mercian Branch, Society & College of Radiographers.

1984 - present    Health Professions Council (formerly Council for Professions Supplementary to Medicine).

1984 - present    Society & College of Radiographers.









Current research centres upon the impact of cancer on teenagers, more and more children and young adults are surviving into adulthood but at what cost? Has the treatment and/or the disease impacted upon the way in which they perceive the world?

As the project lead for the implementation of Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training (VERT) I was successful in putting together and leading the  £358,625 bid for funding to the Welsh Assembly Government in January 2008. VERT is primarily utilised to train therapeutic radiographers but we are developing research into teaching tools in anatomy and toaking virtual training into other disciplines such as diagnostic radiography, nursing and so on.

In addition to my own research interests, I am the Team Lead for one of the three research themes in Radiography, looking at the impact of radiation on life and lifestyle. looking at areas such as public perception and understanding of radiation/radiography,

Having been a member of the All Wales Multi-centre Research Ethics Committee since 2001 supports me in the major role I play within the Department of Radiography and The School of Healthcare Studies of facilitating research practice. I am currently the School Research Ethics Officer and Chair of the Research Ethics Sub-committee.