Joanne Ashworth

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton L623

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Current positions



Joanne qualified in 1997 from the University of Teesside where she trained in 3 Newcastle hospitals and since then has worked on a number of NHS sites in the North West of England. Through this experience, she developed a broad range of radiographic skills and knowledge including computerised tomography (CT) and dental radiography but general radiography remained the focus of her interests. Her last clinical role was role as clinical tutor at the Royal Bolton Hospital where she was also an advanced practitioner, reporting radiographer.

Joanne joined the team at the university in January 2013 but had been involved with the directorate for some years as a visiting tutor, facilitating problem based learning (PBL) and image interpretation workshops and working alongside the academic team to support students as clinical tutor. In 2016, she completed her MA in Clinical Education with a dissertation seeking to understand how educators might help students to learn and develop image appraisal skills. This has led to an interest in percept development and pattern recognition that is informing her teaching methods for both undergraduate and postgraduate modules.

The programme recently underwent evaluation and re-validation via which Joanne had the opportunity to develop an entirely new module focusing on the core skills of radiological reporting: communication, analysis of visual and cognitive errors and learning strategies to support the development of expert performance.

Joanne has a role supporting level 7 students as MSK reporting subject specialist and personal tutor, level 5 students as year manager and level 4 personal development lead.

Joanne is a panel member for the University of Salford Programme Approval and Review. This involves critical evaluation of module and programme amendments and proposals. 


  • Level 4 clinical skills modules: Anatomy, pathophysiology, radiographic technique and image appraisal. Reflection as a learning strategy.
  • Level 5: Cancer, anatomy and pathophysiology.
  • Level 6 radiographer commenting: Pathophysiology, pattern recognition, image interpretation.
  • Level 7 advanced medical imaging: Musculoskeletal image interpretation. Applied anatomy and pathophysiology. Image viewing strategies. Percept development. Appreciation of visual and cognitive errors. Communication in written reports. Reflection as a learning strategy to support advanced practice.

Research Interests

Percept development when applied to visual tasks. Progression from naïve to expert observer.

Qualifications and Memberships


  • A Clinical Education
  • PGCert Advanced Practice (radiographer reporting)
  • BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography


  • Society of Radiographers (member)
  • Higher Education Academy (fellow)