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 lectures are free but spaces are limited. Please email to register for a place or call Natalie McGregor on 020 7406 5943.

Our next lecture: 'Modern radiotherapy – minimises toxicity, maximises cures’ by Professor Peter Hoskin
Date: Thursday 22 June 2017
Time: 6.30 pm – 7.30 pm (doors open 6.00pm)
Location: The Royal College of Radiologists, London WC2A 3JW (nearest underground station: Holborn)

Radiotherapy is the most effective non-surgical treatment for cancer and has undergone major changes in the last decade. New techniques and technological advances are allowing clinical oncologists to target greater doses of radiation more precisely than ever before yet with fewer side effects for patients. This informative talk explores the modern radiotherapy techniques now available in the UK - intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT), volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT), image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT), image-guided brachytherapy (IGBT) and the much-reported proton therapy – asking where radiotherapy could be heading and what will it take to make this most cost-effective of treatments available to all.

About the speaker: Professor Peter Hoskin
Professor Peter Hoskin trained in clinical oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital London and has been consultant in clinical oncology at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, Northwood UK since 1992. He is also Professor in Clinical Oncology at University College London. He is clinical lead for national clinical trials quality assurance team (RTTQA) and research interests focus on optimal use of radiotherapy, palliative radiotherapy and brachytherapy.   

Past lectures:  

  • 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.