The RCR established the RCR–Cyclotron Trust Visiting Fellowships to provide opportunities for clinical oncologists to visit particle treatment centres abroad. The Fellowships are made possible by a generous financial donation from the Cyclotron Trust, for which the RCR would like to express its gratitude.
The visits will contribute towards achieving the highest possible standard for a modern, world-class radiotherapy service in the UK. A key component of this is clearly to develop the knowledge and expertise of clinical oncologists regarding particle therapy. The aim of the Fellowships is to improve the understanding of new applications of particle therapy. They will allow appropriate patients to be selected for consideration for particle therapy from within the NHS system by the wider oncology community. The Fellowships will enable better informed discussion of the potential role of particle therapy with appropriate patients. In response to the greater availability of training and support to the UK proton therapy programme, this year, visit proposals are invited to centres that provide a service of carbon ions. Priority will be given to applications to visit one of the four such European carbon ion centres (Heidelberg, Marburg, Pavia and Med-AUSTRON). Travelling Fellows should take the opportunity also to gain an appreciation of the proton therapy programmes available at these centres. Consideration will be given to proposals to visit centres in China or Japan but, the application would need to be exceptional. An additional budget could be granted for such visits and this option should be discussed with the Cyclotron Trust before making an application – see the terms and conditions for details.
Contact details for the four European Centres cited above is available here.
Up to £2,000 per visit. For paired visits each applicant will receive up £2,000 per visit. Funding is intended to cover the costs of travel and accommodation only. It is not intended to cover daily living expenses or any additional costs incurred.
The Fellowships are open to consultant and post-FRCR specialist registrar clinical oncologists who are Fellows of the RCR in good standing, resident in the United Kingdom and in active clinical NHS practice at the time of the application and the award/visit. Proposals for ‘paired’ visits with a colleague from medical physics will be welcome. Those eligible for the visiting fellowships may be awarded only one Fellowship under this scheme.
How applying could help you and your practice
A recent recipient of the RCR-Cyclotron Trust Visiting Fellowship in 2016–17, Dr Boon visited the Centro Nazionale di Adroterapia Oncologica (CNAO), Pavia and Azienda Provinciale per i Servizi Sanitari, Trento, Italy with his physicist colleague Dr S Manoloupolos.
The Fellowships provide a chance to learn about world-class particle beam treatment from centres in Europe. I spent two weeks with a medical physicist colleague visiting two centres in Italy learning about the complexities and differences between the carbon ion and proton beam treatments. I would strongly encourage busy clinical oncologists and medical physicists working in the NHS to apply for this opportunity.
A list of current and previous successful applicants is available.
All enquiries should be submitted to the Professional Support and Standards Administrator.