Why volunteer?

How to make the most of your membership

The RCR encourages all of our members to get involved in the College's activities. Becoming an active member of the RCR is your opportunity to shape our work, help widen the reach of your specialty, give your profession a voice and even help further your career.

There are opportunities for all RCR members, regardless of your level of experience or stage in your career. Some of our volunteer members explain what volunteering has meant for them and what they got out of it:

"I have tried to be a spokesman for the difficulties trainees are having locally. All these processes have allowed me to see the bigger picture for my training and improved my managerial and leadership skills. It has been great to get to know so many enthusiastic trainees from all over the country who are also on the Oncology Registrars’ Forum (ORF)."

– Dr Archie MacNair

"I joined the Academic Committee to promote academic radiology and explore ways of improving opportunities for research by trainees and newly-appointed consultants. Committee work certainly gives you opportunities to make useful contacts and understand how the machinery of the College works. It has been a privilege to meet and learn from so many people who work tirelessly to promote research."

– Dr Declan O’ Regan

"The Professional Learning and Development Committee allows me to give a trainee perspective on learning events, and to contribute ideas for future learning events and different methods of learning, particularly using web-based learning tools. Being involved in RCR activities as a trainee is excellent in terms of helping to develop a support network with your own centre, both with other trainees and consultants. It provides excellent opportunities to collaborate on ideas, and to find solutions to common problems."

– Dr Kirsten Laws

"These roles give me insight into the world of radiology throughout the UK and further afield, rather than just what is happening in my local training scheme. I believe in the long run this will make me a more understanding, well-rounded radiology consultant."

– Dr Nicola Spence

"It is important that Fellows and memebrs take an active role and ensure that the speciality of radiology is promoted adequately. I really wanted to make a difference and have been able to do so, working with the Professional Learning and Development Sub-Committee."

– Dr Qaiser Malik

"You get a sense of fulfilment when there are positive outputs and there is good feedback from colleagues who feel that I have helped them directly or indirectly."

– Dr Raman Uberoi

"I enjoy feeling part of things at the College and hopefully making a small contribution to the future of UK radiology."

– Dr Sarah Cooper