In February 2014 I was fortunate enough to join the IRS yearly RPS course at Jury Inn (located by the echo arena). The RPS course was setup by IRS to make attendees more aware of how to protect themselves and members of the public from different radiation sources. During the RPS course there were many different types of NHS staff; Nuclear medicine staff, Radiographers and also a few members of IRS as well. For some NHS Trust attendees it was their first experience with an IRS RPS course, so I felt on a similar level with them as it was my first course also.
The course lasted 3 days and featured many different speakers, including the IRS science team and guest speakers who talked about different aspects of radiation protection. At the end of each day we were given a case study which consisted of a fictional situation where we had to use notes taken from that day to resolve certain problems. Luckily for me, during the case study there were different groups in which people would compare notes and support each other.
I was part of the RPS course because IRS wanted to train me in current radiation protection procedures outside of my typical apprentice role as a Survey Technical Officer. I feel I have learnt a lot that I can use in any future survey jobs. The best part, I think, was learning how an RPS would go about finding a solution to an accidental exposure or an over exposure.
Overall, I think the RPS course has helped me widen my knowledge of radiation protection, which I can use to benefit the future jobs I undertake for IRS and its NHS Hospitals.
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