Action Radiotherapy Champions Network Alliance Group

ARCNet Alliance Group

The Action Radiotherapy Champions Network Alliance Group is the network of radiotherapy professionals who represent each cancer alliance area in the UK. In December 2017, NHS England established eleven cancer alliance networks as a way of organising local stakeholders, such as commissioners and providers, to lead improvement which is key to effecting the transformational change needed to achieve world-class cancer outcomes for their populations. ARCNet have established its own network based on the same principles of NHS England. In addition to these eleven networks, ARCNet have also included: Scotland; Wales; Northern Ireland; and the Private Sector within our Network Alliance group to ensure we reach out to all radiotherapy sectors across the United Kingdom.

The ARCNet alliance group will be led by the ARCNet steering group committee and will engage with the steering group to achieve what we set out in our mission statement. To strive to achieve our common goals, and to develop new strategies in improving awareness of the best radiotherapy treatments and techniques available for patients across the UK.

Each ARCNet alliance group member will engage in an online discussion forum and help scope the ARCNet activities in their alliance group area. This will strengthen the networks across the UK.

Teleconference meetings will be held regularly between the alliance group and the steering group and webinars will be held for all champions biannually.

Our ARCNet Alliance Group members are:


Kim Meeking

Radiotherapy Research Advanced Practitioner
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Wessex and Thames Valley Cancer Alliance
Partners of this alliance include:
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust;
Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust;
Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust;
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust;
University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.


Sheila Loughlin
Deputy Chief Physicist
North West Cancer Centre, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Cancer Alliance
Partners of this alliance include:
Belfast City Hospital, Belfast HSC Trust;
Altnagelvin Hospital, Western HSC Trust.


Tracey Ellis
Macmillan Consultant Radiographer – Prostate Cancer
Rosemere Cancer Centre, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tracey qualified as a therapeutic radiographer in 1998 and commenced her career at Cookridge Hospital in Leeds. She finally settled in the Rosemere Cancer Centre in Preston and has held a number of roles, but since 2015 has been working as a Macmillan consultant radiographer specialising in prostate cancer. Patients are at the heart of everything she does and she feels passionate about the professional development of radiographers and how this translates to service user improvement.

Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside, Lancashire and South Cumbria Cancer Alliance
Partners of this alliance include:
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
Christie Hospital NHS Trust;
Clatterbridge Cancer Centre.


Caroline Eteen
Pre-treatment Team Leader
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw, South Derbyshire and Hardwick, Humber Coast and Vale Cancer Alliance
Partners of this alliance include:
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust;
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust;
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Becky Knight
Training & Development Lead for Radiotherapy
Royal Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Becky qualified as a Therapeutic Radiographer in 2012, and worked at University Hospital North Midlands until 2015, before moving to Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She has always had a keen interest in the development of students and the support offered to them whilst on placement and is now the Training and Development Lead for radiotherapy in her trust. Becky says, “the role has allowed me to forge strong links with our HEI, Sheffield Hallam, and provide support for our current students, whilst also promoting the profession to prospective new students in the East Midlands area.”
Becky also supports and facilitates the continuous professional and educational development of qualified staff in her trust, enabling them to deliver the highest standard of care to patients.

East Midlands Cancer Alliance
Partners of this alliance include:
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust;
Nottingham General Hospital NHS Trust;
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust;
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.


Liz Cooper
Treatment Superintendent
The Royal Free Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

North Central and North East London Cancer Alliance
Partners of this alliance include:
Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals NHS Trust;
Barts Health NHS Trust;
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust;
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust;
Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust;
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Vanisha Patel
Therapy Radiographer
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

East of England Cancer Alliance
Partners of this alliance include:
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust;
Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust;
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust;
Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


Naomi Thewlis
Radiotherapy Service Manager
HCA Healthcare UK

Private Sector Cancer Alliance
Partners of this alliance include:
The London Clinic;
HCA Healthcare UK;
Genesis Care UK;
Spire Healthcare UK;
Aspen Healthcare UK;
Nova Healthcare UK;
Proton Partners International.


Ruth Meadows-Taylor
Therapy Radiographer
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Peninsula, Somerset, Wiltshire, Avon and Gloucestershire Cancer Alliance
Partners of this alliance include:
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust;
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust;
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust;
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust;
Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust;
South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust;
Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust;
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.


Amanda Welsh
Radiotherapy Practitioner
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

West Midlands Cancer Alliance
Partners of this alliance include:
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust;
Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust;
University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust;
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust;
University Hospital of North Midlands NHS Trust;
Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.


(More ARCNet Alliance Group Members will be announced shortly)