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College Photo Name Poole, Claire
Main Department Radiation Therapy
College Title Clinical Practice Coordinator
College Tel +353 1 896 2973
Claire Poole joined the Discipline of Radiation Therapy in November 2007. Prior to this she worked as a Radiation Therapist in London and Australia before returning to Ireland and working in Cork University Hospital. She worked in the areas of treatment delivery, planning, simulation and computed tomography at both a basic and a senior level.
Details Date
Council Member of the Irish Institute Of Radiography and Radiotherapy 2013-present
Representative of the IIRRT on the HSE's Health and Social Care Professions Advisory Group 2013-present
Representative from academia to CORU for consultation on criteria and standards of proficiency for radiation therapist education and training programmes 2013
Primary co-ordinator and member of the Joint Working Group on Clinical Education Standards for Radiation Therapy. 2011
Academic advisor on the Radiation Therapy Qualification Review Board for the HSE. 2009-2012
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
ESTRO 2013-present
Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy 2008 present
European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology 2008 2010
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Basic Basic Basic
Irish Basic Basic Basic
Description of Research Interests
Areas of interest are clinical assessment and imaging in Radiotherapy.
Research Interests
Research Projects
Project title Core competencies and minimum standards for the final clinical placement of Radiation Therapy students in Ireland: Perspectives of experienced clinical radiation therapists.
Summary In Ireland clinical radiation therapist work in a range of different radiotherapy departments and conduct student assessments. They are expected to assess students against a pre-determined list of criteria and make judgments on whether that student meets these competencies or not. The meaning given to criteria or how personal beliefs, values or expectations may influence their judgments is unknown. My research study aimed to explore their understanding of these factors and explore the concept of internalised standards and how they may influence judgments.
Funding Agency
Type of Project Qualitative Research
Date from 2009
Date to 2011
Person Months

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Leech M, Craig A, Poole C, Broderick M, Ni Chuinneagain S, Coffey M, Byrne J, Clinical Oral Examinations: Assessment of Competency in Radiation Therapy, Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 8, (3), 2009, p115 - 118
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Claire Poole and Josephine Boland, The impact of internalised standards on Clinical Placement ASSESSMENT, INMED 2014, Queens University,BELFAST, 19-21st February 201
Non Peer Reviewed
O'Donovan Theresa, McKenna Catherine, Corish Siobhan, O'Sullivan Lydia, Edel Doyle and Poole Claire, 'Scope of Practice of Radiation Therapist', (2 ED), Dublin, IIRRT, 2013, 1 - 40
Claire Poole and Mary Coffey, Current and Future Trends in the Management of Gastrointestinal Cancers, 16th November 2013, Discipline of Radiation Therapy,Trinity for Health Sciences
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