Public lectures and public benefit

Public lectures

We are committed to benefitting the public and hold free lectures about clinical oncology and clinical radiology. Delivered by leading clinicians these will fascinate and inform all who attend.

Our next lecture: 9 November 2016 

How diagnostic imaging has improved outcomes for cancer patients

Imaging has become a central pillar in the detection and treatment planning of many patients facing cancer.  Some imaging techniques are widely recognised in our communities, such as screening for detection of early breast cancer.  However, over the last two decades, there has been an explosion of imaging techniques that have fundamentally changed the way cancer treatments are selected and planned.  Imaging techniques have developed hand in hand with innovations in surgery, radiation therapy and precision drug development to allow better outcomes for individual patients. These exciting developments shine hope in times of great challenges for the NHS

Professor Andrea Rockall

Professor Andrea Rockall, Consultant Clinical Radiologist, The Royal Marsden Hospital, London

Doors open 6pm, lecture starts promptly at 6.30pm, ends 7.30. To reserve your place email or call RCR events team on 020 7406 5943

Past lectures:  

  • The changing cancer story – living with and beyond cancer, Profesor Jane Maher - June 2016 View the lecture
  • Shades of grey: image perception & performance in radiology, Professor Andoni Toms - November 2015 [lecture not available]
  • 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
  • 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.