A radiographer described as a "great advocate" for the profession has been named the best in the UK at an awards ceremony.

The Society of Radiographers held its annual prize-giving event in London last week.

Sam Penry, 27, of Braintree, was named radiographer of the year, after being nominated by his colleagues at the Mid Essex Hospitals trust.

He was recognised for his passion for research and the profession.

Mr Penry holds teaching sessions for colleagues and students, often working in his own time.

He has also undertaken work for Cancer Research UK as an expert reviewer assessing the health information given to patients and relatives.

Mr Penry, who works at Broomfield Hospital, recalled the moment he found out he had won, saying: “I was working in the x-ray department at the time, and there was a very formal letter in the inbox telling me I’d won.

“I was overwhelmed, it was phenomenal and it didn’t sink in at the time.

“My colleagues were so proud and I got some lovely feedback, I love working where I am.”

Mr Penry also picked up the eastern region award.

He has worked on a number of projects and his latest research has focused on feeding tubes, which he presented to the International Organization for Standardization, representing 163 countries, and the British Standards Institution.

He has recommended the creation of new standards and both organisations have asked Mr Penry to be involved in a development that will hopefully change practice on a global scale.

Society of Radiographers president-elect Susan Webb added: “Sam is passionate about promoting the profession through research and advancing his practice through learning and the application of his knowledge.

“He is a dedicated and integral part of the radiography team, stepping in to cover for colleagues whenever needed and is always happy, cheerful and friendly.

“He is polite and caring towards patients and staff at all times. He’s a great advocate for our profession."