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Ruth Strudwick

Professor Ruth Strudwick

Professor, Head of Allied Health Professions, University of Suffolk

Ruth is a Professor and the Head of Allied Health Professions in the School of Health & Sports Sciences at the University of Suffolk. Ruth is a Diagnostic Radiographer by background.

Ruth completed her professional doctorate in 2011 entitled 'An ethnographic study of the culture in a Diagnostic Imaging Department'. She continues to be research active and her funded research focusses on radiography professional practice and education, and on service evaluation.

Ruth teaches on several courses at the University of Suffolk and is interested in interprofessional working, clinical education, values-based practice and work-based culture.
Ruth is the course leader for the Interprofessional Learning (IPL) programme which includes all Pre-Registration Health and Social Care students. She is currently developing an integrated care core curriculum which will be delivered to all health and social work students at UoS, equipping them to work in an integrated care environment when they qualify.

Ruth leads the health service users and carers group and is passionate about service user and carer involvement in the curriculum.

Ruth's other commitments include being the Chair of the Association of Radiography Educators, the Editor of the Journal ‘Imaging and Oncology’ an accredited assessor for the Society and College of Radiographers, Chair and Committee member of the College of Radiographer’s Research Group, an External Examiner for The University of Derby and The University of Exeter, Chair of the East Anglia Regional CAHPR Hub, and reviewer for five international journals ‘The Journal of Organisational Ethnography’, 'Radiography', the ‘Journal of Social Science & Allied Health Professions’ the ‘British Journal of Radiology’ and ‘Disability and Rehabilitation’.
Ruth’s main research interests are interprofessional working, clinical education, patient care and work-place culture. She has had experience of ethnographic and phenomenological research, using observation, surveys, focus groups and interviews.
Ruth has published extensively, writing journal articles, book chapters and giving conference presentations. Her first book was published in 2021 entitled “The Ethnographic Radiographer”. She has undertaken several funded research projects. She is currently working on two further books.
Ruth is currently supervising four PhD students.