A day in the life of a Radiographer...
22nd Oct, 2015
Having recruited Radiographers in England and Australia, I was recently offered the opportunity to spend a day in a radiography department. Clare Thatcher, a long-term client of mine and Unit Manager for Ashford, St Peter's and West Middlesex Hospitals, and I had actually joked about me coming in to one of her departments for quite some time, when the offer became serious I jumped at the opportunity and decided to bring along a colleague, Callam Walters, and our Marketing Manager, Alex King.
After arriving at Alliance Medical Ashford & St Peters, Clare took us on a tour of the building introducing us to all of the staff in the department as well as catching up with Yemi, an MRI Radiographer I recently found a radiography job for in the department.
After the meet and greet, Clare took us over to the MRI scanner to observe a patient being prepared. I was amazed by the level of compassion put in to the preparation. Patient care is at the forefront of all medical professions and building a strong rapport with all patients is part of that.
I then observed the radiographer undertake an MRI scan of the patient’s head to diagnosis the causes of their stroke.
After scan completion, I observed the aftercare of the patient including the radiographer removal of the patient’s cannula, post processing the patient details on the CRIS/ RIS and had a lovely picture taken at the scanning control panel.
After lunch I experienced a patient pathway. This was interesting as it provided me with valuable insight as to the importance of patient care and compassion in the role of a radiographer and the little things that radiographers can do to add the personal touch which separates the “good radiographers” from the “excellent”. This completed my ‘day in the life of a radiographer’.
The experience I gained from “a day in the life of a Radiographer” was invaluable as a recruiter.
I now have a far better idea of the enjoyable, yet hard work that they do and also how rewarding it can be when you see the thanks they get from patients of all ages.
Observing an MRI scan on a patient’s head, neck and shoulders has given a real insight. Moving forward I now feel I will understand every clients desire to obtain radiographers with both excellent patient care and technical skill.
On the candidate side of the things, I can now relate to the needs and requirements of the roles they perform and understand the importance of working in a desirable environment.
Send your CV straight to the right person
How do I register as a doctor in the UK?
16 March 2022
Wondering how you can register as a doctor in the UK? This article will tell you everything you need to know about the process.
by Rachel Lamb
World AIDS Day 2021: 40 Years On
30 November 2021
It has been 40 years since the first cases of AIDS were reported in the UK in 1981. In the last 40 years, medical advancements have radically changed the life expectancy and quality of life for people diagnosed with HIV. However, more needs to be done to increase public knowledge about HIV and AIDS and reduce the stigma still attached to the virus.
by Katie McTaggart
How to speed up a job application using your smartphone
18 November 2021
We all know that the lives of doctors, nurses, radiographers and other healthcare staff are hectic enough without spending your free time uploading documents and filling out forms. That’s why we’ve put together some top tips on what documents to keep handy on your mobile phone, so you can apply for healthcare jobs quickly and easily (and put your feet up during your free time!).
by Alex King
Black History Month 2021: Healthcare Heroes - Part Two
28 October 2021
History is not just made in the past, but also the present – so part two of our Black British History: Healthcare Heroes Profiles for 2021 focuses on three people whose work continues today. Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu, Yvonne Coghill OBE, and Dr Jacqui Dyer MBE have had a profound impact on our experiences within healthcare – particularly for those in Black and minority ethnic communities.
by Katie McTaggart