Radiography department assistant
Health Sciences

Radiography department assistants and imaging support workers are employed in public hospitals and specialist units and may be employed by private clinics and hospitals. They work with patients and alongside diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers, medical physicists, doctors, nurses and other healthcare professions as well as engineers.

Radiography department assistants and imaging support workers are trained in the departments that they work in, but can also study for a Certificate in Clinical Imaging Support. Once in a position, they can join the Society of Radiographers, which helps members keep up-to-date with new developments and techniques.

Work Activities

Typical work activities include:

  • helping patients as they are prepared for treatment, for example by lifting them
  • working closely with diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers, doctors, nurses, medical physicists, engineers and other health professionals
  • inputting data and processing images
  • ensuring disposable items are kept in stock
  • checking equipment and reporting faults
  • ensuring all equipment is kept hygienic and the area around it is clean.

Most radiography department assistants in the UK work in hospitals and specialist units for the National Health Service, but some may work in private hospitals and clinics.

Hours may vary, but a standard working day for a radiography department assistant would be 37.5 hours a week. They may be required to work shifts covering weekends and evenings.

For information on career progression visit https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/clinical-support-staff/ra...

A willingness to continue learning and developing expertise is part of the role. This could include taking additional qualifications and attending courses and conferences with fellow practitioners.

Vacancies are advertised through NHS trust sites or the central NHS jobsite.

Personal Qualities and Skills

Key skills for radiography department assistant

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good numeracy and literacy
  • Good understanding of technology
  • Good manner with patients
  • Excellent observational skills
  • Well organised with good administrative skills
  • Good teamworking skills
  • Good stamina and physically fit and strong
  • Interest in new developments and techniques.

Pay And Opportunities

Typical employers of radiography department assistant

  • The National Health Service
  • Private clinics and hospitals

Qualifications

Qualifications and training required

Although you don't need specific qualifications for the role of radiography department assistant it's possible you'll be expected to have some experience in a health or care environment, either paid or voluntary. Qualifications that prove good numeracy and literacy will also put you ahead of the pack.

Typical training

On acceptance into a role, a radiography department assistant will receive the training they require including:

  • how the department's systems work
  • how to use equipment
  • health and safety requirements
  • an option to study for a Certificate in Clinical Imaging Support may be supported and encouraged
  • further training through the Society of Radiographers may be available.

Applying for assistant roles

If you want to go into this role you will be dealing with patients, engineers (who maintain and service equipment) and health professionals such as doctors, nurses and radiographers. Though there are no specified qualifications required, some experience in a health environment or care role, professional or voluntary, will stand you in good stead. In addition, you'll need to have good numeracy, literacy and IT skills, and be organised and safety conscious.

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