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Current members of Quality Assurance Group

Rushil PatelPhysicist and ChairRTTQA, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre
Gail DistefanoPhysicist and Co-ChairRoyal Surrey County Hospital & University of Surrey
John LilleyPhysicistSt James University Hospital
Chris DeanPhysicistSt Bartholomew's Hospital
Jenny MarsdenPhysicistCastle Hill Hospital
Paul LaycockPhysicistGenesisCare
Patty DiezPhysicistRTTQA, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre
Helen GrimesPhysicistUCLH
Antony CarverPhysicistQueen Elizabeth Hospital
Angela BakerRadiographerOxford University Hospitals
Matt BeasleyRadiographerSt James University Hospital
Matthew HattonClinical OncologistWeston Park Hospital
Nicholas Van AsClinical OncologistRoyal Marsden Hospital
Ceri PowellClinical OncologistSouth West Wales & Velindre Cancer Centres

Current Commitments

The QA group is working to organise a workshop to share knowledge regarding motion management of patients with a focus on patients with abdominal tumours. The results from a 2018 National SABR Survey will be published imminently in BJROpen.

Previous Work

The group has supported the implementation of the NHS England Commissioning through Evaluation (CtE) programme which has allowed a number of centres to treat oligometastatic disease, HCC and re-irradiation with SABR. As part of this commissioning programme the group also supported the development of the national SABR spine audit. The experience gained through this programme has been used by the group to update the consortium guidelines, with version 6.1 released earlier this year.

The QA group has previously carried out an in depth Survey of SABR in the UK. The results are reported in: Survey of stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy in the UK by the QA group on behalf of the UK SABR Consortium. Br J Radiol. 2014 May; 87(1037):20130681. doi: 10.1259/bjr.20130681.

During 2013/2014, funding was secured for a Mentoring Program which supported 3 centres in implementing Lung SABR.

A lung SABR dosimetry audit was also carried out. Abstracts summarising results were presented at ESTRO 2015 (OC-0155: UK SABR Consortium Lung Dosimetry Audit; absolute dosimetry results. Radiotherapy and Oncology.2015;115: S75 – S76.  OC-0154: UK SABR Consortium Lung Dosimetry Audit; relative dosimetry results. Radiotherapy and Oncology, Volume 115 , S74 – S75).  A full length paper has also been submitted to Radiotherapy and Oncology[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text] Links


If you have any enquires please contact rpatel1@nhs.net or gail.distefano@nhs.net