Wendy - Radiography Student

Who’s this?

Wendy is currently a 3rd year Radiography student and in the last 5 months of her BSc Diagnostic Radiography degree course, the course involves Wendy working both in university and also on placement at Central Manchester Foundation Hospital. Whilst on placement Wendy shadows a radiographer taking x-rays in the various departments building her skills to be a competent radiographer

What’s the story of their career to date?

Wendy began a trainee dental nurse course after leaving college and after 18 months qualified as a dental nurse working in this field for a further 5 years. Wendy felt that a change in her career was needed and for the next sixteen years carried out a number of different jobs before carrying out some research. After the birth of her two children Wendy decided to sign up to an access to health studies course whilst working part time. Upon completion, Wendy applied to Salford University and was accepted on to the BSc Diagnostic Radiography course in September 2014 and whilst being a mature student and Mother, managed to successfully work through the aspects of the course in order to further her pursue her chosen career pathway

What do they do?

As a radiographer Wendy takes x-rays in the various departments such as Outpatients, Accident and Emergency, and Inpatients as well as spending time scanning in the CT department. A Radiographer carries out x-raying in theatre during surgical procedures and takes mobile x-rays on the wards of the hospital when required. Wendy’s role requires her to keep calm under pressure and to have good communication skills with the general public. Wendy also has to have a good understanding of the dangers of radiation and the laws that surround this which as vital in the role of a radiographer.

What’s the best thing about their role?

Wendy feels that the best part of the job is providing high quality images to aid diagnosis and therefore giving the patient the best opportunity for recovery.

Where are they going from here?

There are many career opportunities for a radiographer and Wendy has not yet decided which path she would like to take and for now is happy working in general radiography to build her skills and confidence.

Where can I go from here?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers & Engagement Hub in partnership with Central Manchester Foundation Trust. If you’d like to find out more about career opportunities and working in the NHS then email us: careers.hub@cmft.nhs.uk or visit our website www.cmft.nhs.uk/GMCareersHub

How does a role like this pay?

The role of Radiography Student normally starts at a Band 5 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.

The National Careers Service have a section for Radiography Student where you can find out information about the average pay for the role as well as information about the job and its responsibilities.

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 Radiography Student 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.