Dr Aynsley graduated from Leeds Medical School in 1999. She did medical training in Durham, gaining MRCP in 2004. She first had experience of oncology whilst working in New Zealand. She then undertook oncology training in the North East, gaining FRCR in 2008. She spent a month learning about tomotherapy in Heidelberg, Germany. She became a consultant at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough (JCUH) in 2010, specialising in systemic treatments and radiotherapy for lung and head and neck cancer. She has also extensive experience in the use of Intensity-modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy (SABR). She has received training from the Rutherford Cancer Centres in the delivery of proton beam therapy.
The programme, Proton Therapy Clinical Education, in conjunction with The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and IBA, the leading proton beam therapy solutions manufacturer, involves oncologists gaining practical experience in Penn’s Roberts Proton Therapy Center – one of the world’s leading centres of proton therapy research and expertise. She has been recent chair of Head and Neck Network Site Specific Group. Currently, she is Regional Head and Neck cancer trials subspecialty lead and PI on several radiotherapy trials and is also involved in the education of oncology trainees as RCR Regional Specialty Advisor.