Physics Education & Traning
The Physics Department has continuous, extensive involvement in teaching and training activities. This involves teaching on undergraduate and post graduate courses in both Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin as well as on the Specialist Registrars Training Programme provided here in St. Luke’s Hospital.
Modules are given in Radiation Physics and Medical Physics to students in a range of disciplines including Physics, Oncology Nursing, Therapeutic Radiography, Nuclear Medicine and The Physical Sciences in Medicine. The department organises and runs courses in Radiation Protection for hospital staff.
There are 3 trainees in St Luke's as part of the National Radiotherapy Physics Training programme initiated by the HSE in 2008. Staff is actively involved in seeking CAMPEP accreditation for the training programme. There are a number of Postgraduate students working in the department. The training programme for Medical Physicists is a vital part of the remit of the department, which contributes significantly to the provision of suitably qualified personnel for the development of radiotherapy services in the country.
Physics Research and Development
The Physics Department has an active R&D programme including research links to other departments and institutions. Research and development projects include areas such as treatment delivery, treatment planning, dosimetry, new treatment techniques, imaging and equipment reliability & performance. There are a number of MSc and PhD projects under the supervision of department staff in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin, and The School of Physics at University College Dublin. The Physics Department has research and development links with Sweden, Austria and a number of equipment manufacturers.