Sarah - Clinical Manager – Children’s X-Ray

Who's this?

Sarah is a Clinical Manager in Children’s X-Ray at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT)

What’s the story of their career to date?

Sarah qualified as a Radiographer in 1988 and began working at Stockport Infirmary and Stepping Hill Hospital as a general radiographer doing day and night shifts. She then progressed to a senior level, taking time to have her two children in between working. Sarah undertook a Post Graduate Certificate in Image Interpretation enabling her to report musculo-skeletal x-rays; traditionally a Consultant Radiologist would do this. She did this role for five years in addition to working clinically within the x-ray department. Sarah then progressed into a management role as a Superintendent Radiographer, organising the department on a day to day basis. She became the Radiology Clinical Service Lead in 2012, managing the department with a staff of 130 and in 2017 she joined the Children’s X-Ray department at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital as Radiology Manager

What do they do?

Sarah manages the Radiology department, taking responsibility for managing the staff, waiting lists, equipment, budget, safety, complaints & incidents. The NHS has supported Sarah throughout her career by giving her opportunities to progress; for example, paying for her to study for a post-graduate certificate. Sarah has also studied for a BTEC in Management which was run & supported by the NHS

What is the best part about their role?

The role is very varied, every day is different, it can be stressful and extremely busy at times but she wouldn’t change it for anything! The most rewarding aspect is knowing that a patient has experienced excellent care whilst in the department, most days Sarah goes home feeling as though she has achieved something positive

Where are they going from here?

Sarah has been in her new role for one year and is very happy; she has no plans to move on at the moment

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Manchester Universities NHS Foundation Trust (Central & Trafford Sites). If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the 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.