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Ms. Claire Poole

Assistant Professor (Radiation Therapy)

Claire Poole is an assistant professor in the Discipline of Radiation Therapy. Prior to this she worked clinically as a Radiation Therapist in London and Australia before returning to Ireland and working in Cork University Hospital. She was appointed an assistant professor at the Discipline of Radiation Therapy in 2007 and was former Head of Clinical Education- combining her previous clinical experience with her academic role. She has demonstrated leadership and innovation in the area of clinical education with ongoing evaluation and promotion of accurate clinical education delivery.She has completed a postgraduate diploma and a research masters in clinical education. Claire collaborates with national and international colleagues to ensure the maintenance of the highest professional standards of clinical assessors and graduating students. In 2017, she was awarded the ESTRO School pedagogic program AMEE grant. Claire is an advocate for radiation therapy as a cancer treatment with her research focusing on the barriers to optimal utilization of radiation therapy. She is an active researcher that has published and presented at several conferences. She is also a reviewer for several leading oncology journals.
 Healthcare Student and Clinical Teachers perceptions of Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Environment
 EPRO_Empowering European Patients in Radiation Oncology
 Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement Funding in Higher Education 2019
 From diagnosis to survival: An introduction to Radiation Oncology
 Test Enhanced Learning for continuing education

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Executive committe member of INHED 2019
Committee member of Practice Education Coordinators Network (PECNET) 2011
Executive committee member for INMED 2018
Member of the CORU Committee of Inquiry- professional conduct committee 2017
Invited member of the Clinical Education Advisory Group, Trinity College, Dublin 2017
Contributor to the National Form for enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education- work based assessment series 2016
Academic Assessor on the CORU Radiographers Registration Board Assessor Panel 2015
Council Member of the Irish Institute Of Radiography and Radiotherapy 2012
Representative of the IIRRT on the HSE's Health and Social Care Professions Advisory Group 2013
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
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Irish Basic Basic Basic
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ESTRO 2013 present
CORU- Registered Member 2014 present
Irish Network of Healthcare Educators (iNHED) 2019 present
Practice Education Co-ordinators Network (PECNET) 2011 present
Irish Network of Medical Educators (INMED) 2017 2019
Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (IIRRT) 2008 present
European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology 2008 2010
Claire Poole, Can virtual learning methods like VERT improve education in radiation oncology, ESTRO 2022, Copenhagen, 7th May , 2022, European Society Radiation Oncology (ESTRO), Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Quigley, Duana; Poole, Claire; Whiting, Sinead; O'Connor, Erna; Gleeson, Claire; Alpine, Lucy, University student experiences of work-based placements during COVID-19 pandemic: An inter-disciplinary survey of allied health and social work students., Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Maeve Kearney,Cicely Roche, Claire Poole, Triad of Support Framework to enhance student success and learning in work-based placements: Interdisciplinary Experience​, INHED 2022, ONLINE, 24th March, 2022, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Claire Poole and Aileen Patterson, Fostering the development of professional identity within healthcare education-interdisciplinary innovation, Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 2021, pS45 - S50, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kate Lawless, Dr. Patrick Murphy, Dr. Laure Marignol, Claire Poole, Influences impacting the attitudes of parents towards the HPV vaccine, Journal of Cancer Prevention and Current Research, 11, (1), 2020, p7 - 11, Notes: [DOI: 10.15406/jcpcr.2020.11.00416], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Ellen Winters, Challenges and impact of patient obesity in Radiation Therapy practice, Radiography, 2020, Notes: [], Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Claire Poole, Mieke Akkers, Laura La Porta, Christine Verfaillie, Test Enhanced Learning for continuing education, INHED2020 Annual Conference, Trinity Biomedical Science Institute, Trinity College Dublin, 2020, Oral Presentation, ACCEPTED
Ryan E and Poole C, Impact of Virtual Learning Environment on Students' Satisfaction, Engagement, Recall, and Retention, Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences, 50, (3), 2019, p408 - 415, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Michelle Leech,Claire Poole,S. Gallagher, W. Fox, Advocating for radiation oncology through the development of a massive open online course , ESTRO 38, Milan, 26TH April, 2019, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Claire Poole, Communication of risk to patients being treated by radiation therapy, Rocc'N'Roll project- workshop on risk communication, ONLINE, 8th Feb, 2022, European Cancer Organisation, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
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, Meetings /Conferences Organised, PUBLISHED


Award Date
AMEE Conference Grant- ESTRO Mobility Grant 26.06.17
MOOC Development- Creating Global Learning communities- Trinity Online Services Feb 2018
Claire's research interests are in education, specifically clinical education and advocating for radiation therapy as a cancer treatment. Her research and expertise have enabled her to collaborate and work both nationally and internationally. She has worked with the Health and Social Care Education and Development Advisory group, the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, the Irish Institute of Radiographers and Radiation Therapists to publish a position paper, an education strategy, scope of practice guidelines for radiation therapists and to contribute to ongoing development in the area of education especially in the area of clinical work based assessments. She was successful in being awarded a European grant from the ESTRO school of pedagogy and asked to join their working committee to develop and implement a research project on assessment as a learning tool. Claire is also an advocate for radiation therapy as a key cancer treatment. Currently radiation therapy is under- utilised as a cancer treatment in spite of the fact that 50-60% of patients would benefit from it. Claire recently began her PhD studies. Her main research objective is to explore the public, cancer patients' and health professionals' perceptions of RT in order to identify the key factors that may impact their decision-making process about utilising RT such that recommendations to improve access to RT can be made and utilisation of RT can be optimised. She was successfully awarded a grant from Trinity online to develop a Massive Open Online Course to inform the public, patients and their families about radiation therapy as a cancer treatment. The success of this MOOC allowed her to collaborate with the University of Maastricht and the European Cancer Patient Coalition to win an EIT grant to pilot a study across various countries, ages and socio-economic groups. The study involved translating the MOOC into 7 languages and adding a decision aid to the current platform to enable patients to take control of their aftercare once cancer treatment is completed.