Public lectures and public benefit

Free public lectures

Delivered by leading clinicians, our free public lectures give a fascinating and accessible insight into the latest topics in clinical oncology and clinical radiology. If you cannot attend in person, all our lectures are now streamed live and recorded.

Upcoming public lecture:

Proton beam therapy: fact, fiction and the new NHS service

Dr Ed Smith

Date: Thursday 21 June 2018
Time: 18:30–19:30 (doors open 18:00)
Location: The Royal College of Radiologists, London WC2A 3JW
(Nearest underground station: Holborn) 
Proton beam therapy (PBT) is an advanced form of radiotherapy used for the treatment of complex and hard-to-treat cancers in children and adults. It uses a high energy beam of protons rather than high energy X-rays to deliver a dose of radiation precisely where it is needed, thereby treating cancer with less damage to surrounding tissue. At present, patients in the UK have to travel abroad for PBT but this all changes when the first NHS run centre opens at the Christie hospital in Manchester later this year and at University College London Hospital in 2020.
In this fascinating leacture, Dr Ed Smith, clinical lead for The Proton Beam Therapy Project at The Christie, will explain exactly how PBT works, address the many public misconceptions behind this highly-publicised treatment, and answer audience questions about how this NHS service will work in practice.
The lecture is free but spaces are limited (including for livestreaming). Please email to register for a place or call Laura Howlett on 020 7406 5943.



Past lectures

  • Emergency radiology – the inside story, Dr Elizabeth Dick and Dr Philip Coates, November 2017 View the lecture
  • Modern radiotherapy – minimises toxicity, maximises cures Professor Peter Hoskin, June 2017 View the lecture
  • How diagnostic imaging has improved outcomes for cancer patients, Professor Andrea Rockall, November 2016 View the lecture
  • The changing cancer story – living with and beyond cancer, Professor Jane Maher, June 2016 View the lecture
  • Shades of grey: image perception and performance in radiology, Professor Andoni Toms, November 2015 View the lecture
  • From Radium to radium, Professor Nick Reed, June 2015 View the lecture  
  • From circus trick to space flight – how a British boy band changed neuro-imaging forever, Dr Stavros Stivaros, November 2014 (lecture unavailable)
  • Cancer research: improving radiotherapy outcomes for patients, Professor David Sebag-Montefiore, June 2014  View the lecture
  • Radiology 20/20 vision: will science fiction become reality? Dr Richard Fowler, November 2013 View the lecture.
  • Being positive: protons in modern radiotherapy, Dr Adrian Crellin, June 2013 View the lecture
  • Medical sports imaging and the 2012 Olympics, Dr Phil O'Connor, November 2012 (lecture unavailable)
  • Radiation and smart drugs: homing in on cancer’s Achilles' heel, Dr Kevin Harrington, June 2012  View the lecture  
  • Curing cancer with radiotherapy: past, present and future, Professor Jeffrey Tobias, June 2011 (lecture unavailable)
  • Stop worrying – radiation is good for you, Dr Bob Bury, November 2010 View the lecture


Public benefit

The College works for the benefit of the public it serves – patients who use the services delivered by clinical oncologists and clinical radiologists and their carers, families and friends. The main areas of public benefit are:

  • Setting and developing the standards for entry to, and practise in, the specialties of clinical radiology and clinical oncology
  • Arrangements for continuing professional development (CPD) in both specialties
  • Setting the specialty-specific standards for revalidation of doctors in the College’s two specialties along with associated guidance, advice and tools
  • The Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme – a patient-focused quality accreditation scheme for imaging services throughout the UK (a joint initiative with the Society and College of Radiographers)
  • Extensive and growing involvement of patients in the work of the College – at all levels from the development of policy to detailed standards and assessment work
  • Publishing a range of patient guidance leaflets free of charge and copyright-free, enabling local health services to adapt them to their own needs
  • Publishing professional guidance, standards and similar documents which, with a few exceptions, are available free of charge on the College’s website
  • Active involvement in healthcare policy development such as cancer services and promoting the use of new diagnostic and treatment techniques where quality and consistency of care are the core objectives
  • Significant work in the area of patient safety, notably in cancer services and interventional radiology.