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University of Exeter Medical School

Dr Amy Hancock

Dr Amy Hancock

Senior Lecturer in Medical Imaging

 South Cloisters 1.46


South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Amy qualified as a Therapeutic Radiographer in 2006. She is a Senior Lecturer for on the Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography) programmes. Prior to this Amy was employed as the Principal Therapeutic Radiographer for Research and Development at Weston Park Cancer Centre and previously worked at Sheffield Hallam University as a Senior Lecturer on the Radiotherapy and Oncology programmes.

Amy was awarded the College of Radiographers Doctoral Fellowship, completing her PhD, which employed co-production to develop a shared definition of compassion and a conceptual framework of compassionate display in radiotherapy.

She is passionate about research that improves the care and services for patients and is an advocate for patient and public involvement in research.


  • PhD Social Sciences.
  • Postgraduate Award in Mixed Methods for Health Research
  • Qualitative Research Methods 1&2 (30 Credits)
  • PgCert Ed: Teaching in Higher Education
  • MSc (Merit) Radiotherapy & Oncology
  • BSc (Hons) Radiotherapy & Oncology

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Research interests

Qualitative research, Mixed methods research, Co-production, Cancer experience, Compassion, Patient management, Living with and beyond cancer, Late effects, Patient and public involvement and engagement, Impact of technical development upon patients and services and Radiography workforce development.

Research projects

ThOracic Umbrella RadIotherapy STudy in stage IV NSCLC (TOURIST)

NCRI Living with and Beyond Cancer Late consequences: Heart4Health

Improving capacity and delivery of Radiotherapy Clinical Trials

A personalised and integrated Smoking Cessation programme to improve tobacco abstinence rates and management outcomes in active smokers receiving curative treatment for Head and Neck or Lung cancer (SCHNeL)

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Journal articles

Taylor A (In Press). Exploring invisibility and epistemic injustice in Long Covid - a citizen science qualitative analysis of patient stories from an online Covid community. Health Expectations Abstract.
Hancock A, Precht H, Ryan M-L, Ekpo E, Jimenez Y, Akudjedu TN (2024). Towards building a culture of equality, diversity and inclusivity across Radiography research: a foundational template by the Radiography EDI working group. Radiography, 30(1), 123-124.
Hancock A, Hutton D, Roberts D, Whiteside L, Golby C, Eccles CL, Turtle L, McGinn S, Hooton R, Fillingham E, et al (2023). Barriers and facilitators to conducting radiotherapy clinical trials: Findings from a UK survey. Radiography, 29(2), 369-378.
Hancock A, Bleiker J (2023). But what does it mean to us? Radiographic patients and carer perceptions of compassion. Radiography, 29, S74-S80.
Anudjo MNK, Vitale C, Elshami W, Hancock A, Adeleke S, Franklin JM, Akudjedu TN (2023). Considerations for environmental sustainability in clinical radiology and radiotherapy practice: a systematic literature review and recommendations for a greener practice. Radiography, 29(6), 1077-1092.
Hayre CM, Makanjee C, Hancock A, Harvey-Lloyd JM (2023). Letter to the editor: Valuing patient voice beyond interpretivism: Introducing postmodernism. Radiography (Lond), 29 Suppl 1, S144-S145. Author URL.
Taylor A, Bleiker J, Hodgson D (2021). Compassionate communication: Keeping patients at the heart of practice in an advancing radiographic workforce. Radiography (Lond), 27 Suppl 1, S43-S49. Abstract.  Author URL.
Taylor A, Shuttleworth P (2021). Supporting the development of the research and clinical trials therapeutic radiographers workforce: the RaCTTR survey. Radiography (London, England : 1995), 27 Suppl 1, S20-S27. Abstract.
Taylor A, Hodgson D (2020). The Behavioural Display of Compassion in Radiation Therapy: Purpose, Meaning and Interpretation. Journal of medical imaging and radiation sciences, 51(4S), S59-S71. Abstract.
Kong VC, Taylor A, Chung P, Craig T, Rosewall T (2019). Comparison of 3 image-guided adaptive strategies for bladder locoregional radiotherapy. Medical Dosimetry, 44(2), 111-116. Abstract.
Kong V, Taylor A, Chung P, Rosewall T (2018). Evaluation of resource burden for bladder adaptive strategies: a timing study. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology, 62(6), 861-865. Abstract.
Kong VC, Taylor A, Rosewall T (2017). Adaptive Radiotherapy for Bladder Cancer—A Systematic Review. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 48(2), 199-206. Abstract.
Taylor A, Hodgson D, Gee M, Collins K (2017). Compassion in healthcare: a concept analysis. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 16(4), 350-360. Abstract.
Barrett S, Taylor A, Rock L (2017). Evaluation of a reproducible breath hold technique for the SABR treatment of lower lobe lung tumours. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 16(3), 311-318. Abstract.
Hodgson D, Taylor A, Knowles V, Colley M (2017). Involving patients and carers in developing the radiotherapy curriculum: Enhancing compassion. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 16(1), 92-100. Abstract.
Dawson P, Taylor A, Bragg C (2015). Exploration of risk factors for weight loss in head and neck cancer patients. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 14(4), 343-352. Abstract.
Lavergne C, Taylor A, Gillies C, Barisic V (2015). Understanding and addressing the informational needs of radiation therapists concerning the management of anxiety and depression in patients receiving radiation therapy treatment. Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 46(1), 30-36. Abstract.


Forshaw M, Taylor A, Temple S, Wong H, Willet A, Rowbottom C (2019). Do lower dose KV-CBCT protocols produce adequate quality images for head and neck cancer patients?.  Author URL.

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External Engagement and Impact


  • Finalist in the 2021 HSJ Patient Safety Awards: Service user engagement and co-production award category -The Sheffield Long Covid Programme
  • Leadership award - Formal Radiography Research Mentoring (FoRRM2)

Committee/panel activities

  • United Kingdom Imaging and Oncology (UKIO) 
  • Society and College of Radiographers Research group member
  • National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Living with and Beyond Cancer: late consequences work stream scientific member
  • Accredited lead academic visitor and assessor for the Health and Care Professions Council
  • Chair of the Research and Clinical Trial Therapeutic Radiographers (RaCTTR) Society and College of Radiographers Specialist interest group
  • Committee member on the Qualitative Research Society and College of Radiographers Specialist interest group
  • CTRad General Member

Editorial responsibilities

  • Guest Editor "Radiography" Patient Voice Special Edition
  • Associate Editor Radiography Journal

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Amy teaches and supports students on the BSc Medical Imaging (Diagnostic Radiography) programme, the BSc Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging Degree Apprenticeship and the MSc Diagnostic Radiography & Imaging Degree Apprenticeship (Pre-registration). She is module lead for Medical Imaging – Professional Skills for Radiographers (PAM3020), Foundations of Patient Care (PAM1018) and Practice Placement 3 (RAD3004DA).

She is co-module lead Professional Practice module (RADM102DA) for the MSc Diagnostic Radiography & Imaging Degree Apprenticeship. Amy is a PhD/MPhil supervisor.



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