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SIRNR Committee 2022 - 2023

The committee comprises of:

SIRNR Chair - Kayleigh Hackett

Kay has been a radiographer since qualifying in 2008 from the University of Bradford. Her first post as a radiographer was at the John Radcliffe Hospital where she worked as a band 5  radiographer for 18 months. She then moved to Aberdeen where she became a band 6 Specialist Radiographer at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where she worked within interventional radiology, cardiac catherisation laboratories and magenetic resonance imaging. Kay’s interest within interventional radiology grew from here and she undertook a post graduate certificate in advanced medical imaging at the University of Salford and become an Advanced Practitioner within vascular access.  Kay left Aberdeen after 5 and half years and returned back to Yorkshire to undertake a post at the University of Bradford as a lecturer within Diagnostic Radiography. Kay has now worked at the university for 5 years teaching both undergraduate and postgraduate radiography students. She has completed her post graduate certificate in higher education practice and is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She has recently completed her Masters in Medical Imagine where she researched undergraduate diagnostic radiography students and their career choices. Since working within academia Kay has always continued to work clinically and has both honorary and bank contracts at Clifton Park hospital York.

Kay’s research areas are within advance practice, vascular access, career decisions and student retention. She is always interested in collaboration opportunities so please get in touch.

SIRNR Vice Chair - Claire Elwood

I have been a Diagnostic radiographer for over 20 years. I qualified from the University of Hertfordshire and after a short time working in London; I have built my career with Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.  I have recently become an advanced practitioner radiographer specialising in Interventional Radiology (IR) procedures and have completed a PgDip in Medical Imaging with Canterbury Christchurch University.

I enjoy working in a multidisciplinary environment and have always been drawn to theatre and fluoroscopy, so IR is a good combination! IR is a growing speciality within Radiology and the technological advances are creating exciting and innovative patient pathways that make a real difference.

IR is often overlooked as a speciality within Radiology and I hope as a committee member to be able to support the committee in achieving their goals of promotion, education and networking at all levels.

Committee Member - Claire Maxim

After leaving my native Yorkshire in 1991 I qualified from the  University of Derby in 1994, and spent my first 3 years working in Derby. I then made the move to Leicester where I have now been for the past 25 years.  The majority of those years have been spent in IR, and I am now the Clinical Lead Supt at University Hospitals of Leicester. This covers Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General Hospital and The Glenfield Hospital. We are a large team – over 50- and perform a wide range of interventions and vascular access. We have extended roles in barium swallows. HSG, change of nephrostomy, vascular access and are planning much more.

I have always had a passion for IR ,and take every opportunity to promote the amazing work we all do. I think we are very much overlooked and undersell ourselves, so it is really important to showcase our work.

I love being part of a strong MDT and  making such a difference to patients’ treatments, prognosis and palliation.

I have completed a Pg Dip in Healthcare Studies and am currently in the 2nd year of my MSc in Patient Safety and Quality Improvement. My studies bring together the aspects that are of the greatest importance to me. Patient safety is at the centre of all I do, and I have a keen interest in human factors and within the workplace. I think being able to think around the issues and challenges in this way give real scope for sustained improvement using the best evidence and research available.

As a new member of the committee I am looking forward to networking and sharing in order to promote the great work we all do every day.

Committee Member - Jessica Cutri

I qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer in 2009 from University of Hertfordshire, before joining the team at University Hospitals of Leicester. 

I have worked in IR since 2014 and I now perform and report barium swallows independently, following the completion of a PGcert at Salford University, in 2018.

As of this year, I am now also the Practice Development Lead Radiographer in IR.


Committee Member (co-opted) - Adam Durrant

Committee Member (co-opted) - Mili Patel

Hello! I’m Mili, I qualified from Birmingham City University in 2019 and worked as a General Radiographer at Royal Stoke University Hospital for 18 months. 

My favourite aspects of radiography when working as a general radiographer were portables and theatres where I continuously got the opportunity to socialise and closely work in a multidisciplinary team with various staff members. This is was why a career in Interventional Radiography appealed to me.  

I started working as a specialist Radiographer at Royal Preston Hospital in early 2021, I was a band 5 when I started training and within 8 months when I was able to so solo on call’s got my band 6. 

When I first started training in IR, I was amazed at the difference these minimally invasive procedures made to patients and how much of a difference great teamwork made. It was definitely a struggle learning all the different type of kit, different procedures and different machines but once it all came together and started clicking, I felt so proud of myself. I’m still learning every single day! 

I knew of SIRNR as some of my nurse colleagues were on the committee, but it wasn’t until I attended my first BSIR event in 2022 that I felt the urge to join. I wanted to join SIRNR because in my short time as an IR radiographer I found whenever I told someone I worked in IR their response would be "What's that?" At BSIR I was so happy to meet the SIRNR committee members and share their passion to network, educate and promote IR.

Committee Member (co-opted) - Adam Durrant

Hello, I’m Adam Durrant and I’ve been an Interventional Radiology Deputy Charge Nurse in Norwich for the past 5 years.

Once qualifying from the University of East Anglia in 2013 I went on to become a Theatre Scrub nurse specialising in urology and robotic surgery, Where I learnt and honed my scrubbing skills that I still get to use in IR today.

After wanting to progress my career and looking for a new challenge I then went onto work at the Interventional Radiology Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in 2018. Working within a specialised department has been great to learn new skills, to see new procedures and to be a at the forefront of modern healthcare.  

Since starting in the IR Department, we have opened the Norfolk Centre for Interventional Radiology at the NNUH. It has been exciting and very fulfilling to have had a hand in helping to create this new service. I thoroughly enjoy working in interventional Radiology as I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of healthcare staff and specialties, ensuring the best care possible for our patients.                             

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