Ruth Bradley: "My dream holiday? Iceland, to see the Northern Lights."
Member Since: 2013
Grade: Graduate
Interview Date: June 2018
Who do you work for?

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Please describe your work in general and what you are currently working on

I work in Radiation Protection, and I'm particularly involved in diagnostic and interventional radiology equipment quality control and testing, management of radioactive waste and legislation compliance.  I also have an interest in data analysis and statistics and database writing and management. I'm currently on maternity leave, so our five month old son, James, is my ongoing project!

Can you recommend any information resources that have been useful for you in your work?

I use many online resources such as the PHE website.  As I do a lot of quality assurance, the IPEM reports are also invaluable books.

Which resources are most helpful to you for keeping in touch with the world of RP while on maternity leave?

SRP's Journal of Radiological Protection is really useful. I also receive the Medical Physics JISCMAIL, which keeps me up to date with lots of topical issues.

James also enjoys keeping up to date!
What do you enjoy most about your job?

I most enjoy the variety – of both situations and people – which I encounter on a daily basis. I get to meet staff from lots of different areas within the hospital, and respond to queries regarding anything from equipment problems to radioactive toilets!

Describe SRP in three adjectives

Yellow, informative, inclusive.

What has been the most memorable, or useful, SRP event you have attended, and why?

Implementation of BSS in the Medical Sector – Join the Debate! was a particularly interesting event, as there was still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the new regulations, and this prompted a lot of interesting debate and discussion.

Where do you live?


Who do you live with?

My husband Jon and my baby boy James.

Do you have pets?

No, we decided a baby was enough for the time being!

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy board games with friends, running, walking, and spending time with my family.

What would be your Desert Island Disc?

Tonight We Fly – The Divine Comedy.

What book would you recommend taking on holiday?

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde – a fun read!

Who would you like to be for a day?

Tim Peake – it would be amazing to visit the ISS.

When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was very little, a nurse, and I'm very glad I now work in the NHS, though via a slightly roundabout route.

What would be your superpower?

Superspeed running, so commuting wouldn’t matter.

Do you have any unusual skills or talents?

Not very unusual, but I grew up in France and I'm fluent in French.

Share a fascinating fact

Diabetics were originally treated with insulin from pigs.

What's the most exciting or interesting thing you have ever done?

I spent 10 weeks at CERN as a summer student – it was an amazing experience.

What's your favourite film?

Recently – The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Do you have a prized possession?

Yes – my engagement ring.

What are the little things in life that make your day better?

A cup of tea, something funny on the radio, cake at work!

What's your favourite meal?

Steak with salsa verde.

Who would you most like to have dinner with, and why?

Boris Johnson, I really want him to explain why Brexit is a good idea.

What phone app would you recommend?

Couch to 5k – it gets me out of the house!

Do you have a funny, or interesting, or embarrassing story you can share?

After being told a friend had a twin brother, I asked her if they were identical – being a twin myself I should have known that was a very silly question!

What's the most beautiful view you have ever seen?

The view across Loch Bay from our honeymoon cottage on Skye.

Loch Bay, Skye.
What would be your dream holiday, assuming unlimited money and a month off?

Iceland, to see the Northern Lights.

Finally, what question haven't we asked you, that we should have done?

How do you sleep with a small baby?

So, how do you sleep with a small baby?

You don’t.

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