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Prof Andy Nisbet
Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering
Malet Place Engineering Building
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  • Professor and Head of Department
  • Dept of Med Phys & Biomedical Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Professor Andrew Nisbet is Head of the UCL Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering department, a post he has held since October 2019. He is Editor in Chief (Scientific) for the British Journal of Radiology and Senior Associate Editor with the European Journal of Medical Physics, Physica Medica.  From 2006-2019 he was Head of the Medical Physics Department at the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Professor of Medical Physics at Surrey University. In 2017 as part of this role the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) part funded the post through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund to enable Prof Nisbet to proactively contribute to initiating projects with industrial partners in medical physics and imaging on behalf of the NPL. He has been an invited speaker at a Parliamentary reception on radiotherapy at the House of Commons in November 2017, talking on the importance of computing and data analytics in cancer and participated in a follow up roundtable discussion at Westminster to input to an All-Party Parliamentary Group Manifesto for Radiotherapy published in 2018. He was a member of the NHS Chief Scientific Officer’s Leadership, Improvement and Advice group bringing together senior NHS Healthcare Scientists to ensure healthcare science is at the forefront of transformational change. Prof Nisbet has been a member of the Technology Subgroup of the National Radiotherapy Advisory Group, which produced an influential report on planning future radiotherapy services in England. He is an expert in the implementation of advanced radiotherapy techniques and the assessment of risk from such treatments. He has worked closely with the National Physical Laboratory in providing national recommendations on the measurement of dose for radiotherapy through the UK’s professional body, the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM). He has been a consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency producing guidelines for the on-site auditing of radiotherapy departments and has sat on the Panel of Scientific Experts for a European Union funded grant with the objectives of performing an EU-wide study on the implementation of Medical Exposure Directive requirements aimed at the reduction of the probability and the magnitude of accidents in radiotherapy and developing guidelines on a risk analysis of accidental and unintended exposures in external beam radiotherapy and, therefore, improving patient safety. He was Head of Radiotherapy Physics at the Oxford University Hospitals Trust from 2003-2006 and Head of Radiotherapy Physics at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness from 1998-2003. Previously he held clinical radiotherapy physics positions in Leicester, Oxford and Aberdeen and a post-doctoral position at Edinburgh University carrying out a national intercomparison of dose delivery in all UK radiotherapy centres.

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