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Tiffany Delves

Reservist - Diagnostic Radiographer

Tiffany is a Diagnostic Radiographer at LTHT and she has worked at the Trust since October 2016.

She joined the army reserves in December 2015 and completed her military training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in Feb/March 2016 to become an officer.

Tiffany said: “My initial incentive for joining the reserves was as a way to incorporate my passion for emergency radiography with my life outside work. I am quite active and enjoy a variety of sports including triathlon. The army reserves support so many activities and will very often provide funding for courses such as skiing, climbing, swimming etc and will also train you to become an in-structor yourself. In addition to sports they also support a number of other projects and activities. I myself attended a Battlefields Study trip to Berlin in December 2016.”

Tiffany was also motivated by the support given by the army reserves to develop a civilian career.

She said: “The army often organise/fund courses which would not be available through the NHS due to funding. I have attended a training course specifically aimed at “the deployed radiographer” to learn more about my role in a field hospital and some of the equipment that would be available to me. This was hugely rewarding to put some of my military training and civilian training together for the first time.”

Tiffany works as a diagnostic radiographer in the cardiac catheter labs where she is responsible for producing high quality diagnostic images for interventional procedures. These procedures vary from percutaneous angioplasty including emergency referrals to electrophysiology studies and the implantation of pacemakers and defibrillators. Due to the nature of the cardiothoracic department at LTHT Tiffany also performs a large number of procedures on paediatric patients with congenital heart problems.

Tiffany said: “As a radiographer in this environment it is important to perform this role efficiently under a great deal of pressure and to assist the team effectively at all times especially during emer-gency procedures when the patients are often quite unstable. An important part of the role is radiation protection. The radiographer working in the labs is responsible for monitoring the radiation dose of both staff and patients at all times. This includes maintaining the machinery, personal dose monitoring for all staff and thorough policies with regards to assessing and reporting patient dose levels. This can be particularly difficult during times of high pressure when a number of staff can be entering the department to assist in CPR or other life-saving intervention.”

She adds: “Since starting my role at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust I have been welcomed into a hardworking and caring team where both patients and staff come first. The cardiac catheter labs hold regular audit sessions giving staff get the opportunity to learn about the newest techniques and present the results of resent audits. These sessions are protected so that people don't miss the opportunity to attend which is something I have not found at other trusts. We are also continuously the subject of on-going audits with our team of research nurses. These audits focus on lots of elements within the catheter labs but especially our emergency pathway patients who attend the department directly via local ambulance services. The information gained from these audits is fundamental to continuously improving quality and performance.

“Wherever possible during my time at LTHT I have been allocated appropriate leave from the de-partment to complete all my mandatory training sessions to ensure on-going competency and I have even had the opportunity to attend some additional internal training to develop my role within the labs.”

Tiffany's advice to anyone thinking about becoming a reservist is: “Come and see us! We often hold open days for people thinking of joining the army reserves. The process of applying can seem daunting but it's so helpful to come in and meet some people who have recently been through it and can shed light on the steps involved. Our recruitment team are hugely supportive and provide lots of information and training for those who are thinking of joining or who are in the early stages.”