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 - please see our past lectures below.

Next public lecture: ‘Emergency radiology – the inside story’, Dr Elizabeth Dick and Dr Philip Coates
Date: Thursday 9 November 2017
Time: 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm (doors open 6 pm)
Location: The Royal College of Radiologists, London WC2A 3JW (nearest underground station: Holborn)

*Please email to register for a place or call Natalie McGregor on 020 7406 5943. Spaces are limited so please register early.

In the majority of hospitals today, radiologists are integral and essential members of the emergency unit. Time is of the essence as diagnoses and decisions need to be both accurate and made quickly in order to save lives.

In this talk, the audience will put themselves in the shoes of the Emergency Radiology team as they see patients in an imaginary Emergency Department one busy Friday night. We will meet patients with a variety of urgent conditions, hear about their symptoms and signs, decide how radiology can help, review the imaging as soon as the scan is done and discuss the best treatment for each patient, including treatment from physicians, surgeons and interventional radiologists. 

For anyone who has ever wondered what happens in the Emergency Department during a typical night-shift, this will be a fascinating insight into how the whole clinical team including radiology work together to give patients the best care in often critical situations.

Dr Elizabeth Dick is a Consultant Radiologist, Head of Trauma Radiology at Imperial College NHS Trust and the President of the British Society of Emergency Radiology. She is an expert in whole body MRI, emergency, trauma and musculoskeletal radiology, subjects upon which she regularly publishes and lectures nationally and internationally.

Dr Philip Coates joined the Royal Navy on qualifying as a doctor and undertook general duties on warships in the Gulf and the South Atlantic followed by surgical training. After training as a radiologist in Dundee, he was appointed as an Interventional Radiology (IR) Consultant at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. He gained his experience in trauma and emergency radiology while working in IR and during deployments in Afghanistan.

Past lectures:  

  • 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 & 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
  • Radiation & smart drugs: Homing in on cancer’s Achilles' heel - June 2012 Dr Kevin Harrington from the Institute of Cancer Research. View the lecture  
  • Curing cancer with radiotherapy: past, present and future, Professor Jeffrey Tobias - June 2011
  • 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.