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Help us to recognise our radiographer Shannon as a national rising star

Our therapeutic radiographer Shannon Johnson has been shortlisted as a rising star in a prestigious national awards ceremony that aims to recognise and celebrate 100 female role models across a variety of industries.

Shannon, who works at the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital, was shortlisted by her lecturers at the University of West of England for the work she has done to raise awareness of her profession to aspiring radiographers.

Shannon said she felt honoured to have even been nominated, let alone shortlisted. “It has come as a shock, particularly as I’m the only allied health professional to be shortlisted,” she said. “I would love to use this award to continue to promote all allied health professions, especially therapeutic radiography but also to showcase our department and NHS trust.

“I’m very passionate about radiotherapy and this led to me to become part of an education and outreach team within our radiotherapy department. I’m also a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) ambassador for the West of England.

“Even though I am relatively new to the profession, I want to do everything I can to educate people on what radiotherapy is and how it’s a great career to get into.”

Being one of two STEM ambassadors within our radiotherapy department, Shannon and her colleague Naman Julka-Anderson gained an Inspirational STEM employer award for both their efforts within the department and how they went above and beyond to develop a work experience programme across Somerset, where they engaged with 7,000 students over just six months.

If you are inspired by Shannon’s work, please take a minute to vote for her on the Rising Stars website – https://risingstars.wearethecity.com/shannon-johnson-taunton-and-somerset-nhs-foundation-trust/. Voting closes on Friday 1 May.