Public lectures and public benefit

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 previous ones below.

Our last lecture, 'Modern radiotherapy – minimises toxicity, maximises cures’ by Professor Peter Hoskin, explored 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. This lecture will be available to view online in early July.


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 (http://www.isas-uk.org/) – 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.