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What is a Diagnostic Radiographer?

  • Radiographers utilise a variety of modalities in order to provide high quality diagnostic images of the body in order to aid diagnosis of injury and disease. Patient care is at the forefront of our service delivery and we pride ourselves on listening to patient feedback in order to enhance the experience.
  • Radiographers follow career development pathways and have increased levels of responsibility dependent on service needs and their personal interest. Advanced practitioners are able to train in areas such as image reporting and undertake interventional procedures.
  • The majority of patients attending the hospital will attend the Radiology department and be cared for by a Radiographer.

Areas you might cover

  • Radiographers work in areas that include X-ray Ultrasound, Fluoroscopy, Computerised Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine, Angiography and Mammography.
  • Imaging requirements are across both the acute and community setting with the opportunity to rotate through both settings.

Who you might work with?

Radiographers work in teams that consist of clinical and non-clinical staff that are internal and external to Radiology.

  • Support staff
  • Assistant Practitioners
  • Consultants
  • Registrars
  • Students
  • Specialist Nurses
  • Advanced Practitioners
  • Multi-disciplinary teams

Entry requirements and training

  • To join the Radiographer profession you will need to successfully complete an accredited BSc (Hons) in Diagnostic Radiography which will provide eligibility to apply for registration via The Health Care Professions Council (HCPC).
  • Recent course development includes an extended apprenticeship programme lasting 4 years.
  • Alternatively there are also courses that will enable you to become an Assistant Practitioner and award the equivalent of a Diploma in Higher Education. In some institutions this may provide direct access to completing the full BSc (Hons).

Pay, working hours and conditions

  • Within the community setting Radiographer tend to work 9am – 5:30 Monday to Friday. When working within the acute setting working hours are variable and cover services across the 24hour period, 7 days per week.
  • Flexible working options are always available.

What career opportunities do we offer locally? (both at a junior and senior level)

  • All staff have the opportunity to rotate and undertake experience of working across a range of modalities and sites. In addition we offer a direct link grade system between Band 5 and Band 6 and an accelerated programme for candidates joining us who already have relevant experience.
  • Career development opportunities are offered at all sites and support both clinical and leadership aspects of the role. These provide a platform for staff at all levels to take on additional responsibilities and work towards opportunities that provide career progression.
  • Both career development and career progression opportunities are open to all staffing levels.