Nuclear Medicine Team Members

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Swansea Nuclear Medicine Service

The Team at Swansea Nuclear Medicine Services

A few of the team at Swansea Nuclear Medicine Services.

Prof. Neil Hartman

Neil joined the department in 2018. Apart from leading an excellent team, he is involved in various R&D projects (including the development of novel diagnostic agents) and is spearheading the transformation of Swansea nuclear medicine into a modern and leading service. Apart from a new radiopharmacy and PET/CT service established at Swansea Bay University Health Board, he aims to re-furbish the department to receive to new state-of-the-art SPECT/CT scanners in 2021, and is working on the development of an integrated radio-ligand therapy service.

Neil is a member of the UK Radiopharmacy Group Committee, a member of ARSAC, teaches at the new Swansea School of Pharmacy and at King’s College (London), SRO for the PET/CT Workforce Board in Wales and a member of the Radiopharmacy Committee of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine.

Rachel Bidder

Rachel is a member of the senior management team responsible for managing governance matters related to nuclear medicine. Governance is her primary duty but she is fortunate to have an extremely varied role. Rachel checks nuclear medicine radiological equipment, undertakes image processing and reporting of clinical studies. She also runs a hyperthyroid clinic, treats thyroid cancer patients with radioiodine and performs cardiac stress testing for Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MPI). As governance lead, Rachel attends the Health Board’s Medical Exposure Group (MEC) and Radiation Protection Group (RPG) meetings.

Rachel is the IR(ME)R 2017 Medical Physics Expert (MPE) representative for South West Wales on the Radiation Protection Standing Specialist Advisory Group (RPSSAG). The group provide expert scientific advice on health related radiation (ionising and non-ionising) safety, including ultrasound, to Ministers of the Welsh Government through the Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Sub-Committee and the Welsh Scientific Advisory Committee. Rachel is a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) auditor for The Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) and the only nuclear medicine Health Research Authority (HRA)-approved MPE reviewer for self-funded clinical research studies in Wales.

Catherine Humphreys

Catherine Humphreys is a Principal Clinical Scientist and the Deputy Head of the Nuclear Medicine department. Catherine has worked within the Nuclear Medicine department at Singleton Hospital since 2003 and she is responsible for Radiopharmacy, Physics, Non-Imaging and Therapy services.

Monica Martins

Monica started her career as a Nuclear Medicine (NM) clinical technologist in 2003 in Santo António General Hospital in Porto (Portugal) after graduating from the BSc (Honours) in Nuclear Medicine by the Superior Institute of Healthcare Science and Technology in Porto. She also worked in Coimbra as a full-time clinical technologist in the University Hospitals of Coimbra alongside a part-time position in a private NM service provider (Diaton) between 2005 and 2013. Moved to Swansea, Singleton Hospital in April 2013 where she started as Chief Clinical Technologist in Nuclear Medicine Imaging. In October 2015, Monica became the Clinical Team Lead in Nuclear Medicine Imaging and DXA, role that she currently undertakes along with the management of the PET/CT service in the same department. She has supported the Nuclear Medicine Clinical Technologists’ courses throughout the years both in Swansea (Swansea University) and in Portugal by lecturing specific subjects as invited lecturer.

Monica completed her Masters in Biomaterials and Biomedical Devices at the University of Aveiro as a part-time student in December 2017 and, in January 2018, enrolled has a part-time PhD student with Swansea University working in the field of Nuclear Cardiology. Monica has achieved professional statutory registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a Clinical Scientist in January 2020 and currently sits at the Radiographers, Technologists and Nurses (RTN) group of the British Nuclear Medicine Society (BNMS).

Dr Victoria Trainer

Dr Victoria Trainer, Consultant Radiologist with a specialist interest in radionuclide imaging, was appointed in 2017. Dr Trainer works across the Swansea Bay sites, Singleton, Morriston and Neath Port Talbot Hospitals, holding the ARSAC certification for imaging, non-imaging and research. Dr Trainer is the Swansea Bay PET-CT Clinical Lead and sits on the Welsh Government WHSSC All Wales PET Advisory Board and PET Clinical Programme Board, with an honorary contract as WHSSC Clinical Adviser for Specialised Services.

Her departmental roles include Clinical Governance Lead for Swansea Bay Radiology and teaching and training NM technicians, doctors and medical students. For the Royal College of Radiologists, she stands as the Swansea Bay Representative for the RCR Welsh Standing Committee and is a member of the RCR Support and Wellbeing Group.

Dr Trainer graduated from Cardiff University with BSc Physiology and MBBCh Medicine and spent her junior doctor and specialist training years exploring the hospitals of South Wales. Her heart and mind brought her back to her hometown of Swansea for her Consultant post, where she enjoys walking, running, cycling and swimming the Gower coastline.

Professor Julian Halcox

Professor Julian Halcox has been Professor of Cardiology in Swansea University Medical School and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist in Swansea Bay UHB since 2013. He was previously Professor of Cardiology in Cardiff University and before that a British Heart Foundation Senior Lecturer in University College London and Consultant Cardiologist at UCL Hospitals and Great Ormond Street Hospital.

A graduate of the University of Cambridge, he trained in cardiology at St Bartholomew’s, the London Chest and UCL Hospitals, also spending 3 years as a visiting scientist in The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute in the USA. His main clinical and research interests are coronary artery disease, heart disease prevention and nuclear cardiology.

Dr Christopher Barnett

Dr Christopher Barnett is a Radiopharmacist with a broad range of experience across pharmaceutical sectors, including: clinical, research, and industry. In his current role, he manages a multi-disciplinary radiopharmacy team comprised of talented healthcare and scientific professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds.

A doctoral graduate of University College London, Christopher ensures that the Singleton Hospital radiopharmacy meets stringent regulatory obligations with respect to the safe procurement, storage, production, and disposal of radiopharmaceuticals. He also writes and reviews key reports and documentation associated with radiopharmacy operations and the department as a whole.

Dr Alex Powles

Dr Alex Powles is a Consultant Radiologist with a specialist interest in radionuclide imaging. He was appointed in 2021 and works across all three Swansea Bay sites, holding an ARSAC practitioner licence for imaging, non-imaging and research. He sits on the Welsh Government All Wales PET Advisory Board and has an honorary contract with WHSSC as a Specialist Adviser for PET-CT.

Alongside PET and nuclear medicine reporting, Dr Powles also specialises in uro-radiology, encompassing multi-parametric MRI of the prostate, ultrasound-guided prostate biopsies, and being the joint radiology lead for the Swansea Bay Urology Multi-Disciplinary Team meeting.

Dr Powles graduated from Oxford University with a BA (Hons) first class degree in medical sciences and BM BCh medical degree, worked in the Severn Deanery as a junior doctor and undertook his specialist training in the South Wales Radiology training scheme.

Having grown up in Carmarthenshire, he now lives towards Cardiff and spends most of his spare time chasing after his two small boys! He also plays squash to a high standard and enjoys running, football and rugby.