Beth - Diagnostic Radiographer

Who's this?

Beth is a Diagnostic Radiographer at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL)

What’s the story of their career to date?

Beth originally looked into becoming a Physiotherapist but, due to the academic competitiveness didn’t believe that Physiotherapy was achievable for her. She then explored different career opportunities in the NHS including nursing until she came across Radiography. Radiography had everything that she looked for in a job including caring for a patient, an insight into how the human body works and technology. Beth is now a Band 5 Radiographer at WWL having qualified in 2015 after completing her training at Birmingham City University

What do they do?

An average day for Beth starts with daily housekeeping, making sure work stations are clean and tidy, equipment is warmed up and ready for use. The main part of her day is spent X-raying patients and giving them the best care she can in the short time that they are with her

What is the best part about their role?

Beth enjoys being able to play a part in a patient’s journey to recovery. A lot of patients look to her for comfort and reassurance and by the time they leave they have a different mind-set and are calmer about the journey they are undertaking. Beth is doing a job she loves and gets job satisfaction from making a difference to patients’ lives

Where are they going from here?

Beth is currently in the process of applying for a Post Graduate Certificate in Forensic Radiography which is an area she is particularly interested in. There are many fields in Radiography that she will have the opportunity to progress into for example; Cross-sectional imaging (CT & MRI), Ultrasound, Mammography. Beth is really enjoying the work she is currently undertaking in plain film and interventional and hopefully in the near future she will progress to be a senior radiographer where she will undertake more responsibilities

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust. If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Diagnostic Radiographer section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.