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radiography helper

Radiography helpers, sometimes known as imaging support workers, assist qualified diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers. They will help administer treatment to patients with a range of illnesses, and process film to help diagnose ill or injured patients.

The duties of a radiography helper will often include:

  • assisting patients in the imaging and/or radiotherapy departments
  • transporting patients to and from other wards and departments
  • assisting in the maintenance and use of the image processing systems, radiotherapy treatment and accessory equipment
  • clerical duties such as booking appointments.

Hours and Environment

Radiography helpers usually work around 37.5 hours a week. Part-time and job share opportunities also exist.

They work within hospitals in radiography departments and outpatient clinics.

Radiography helpers normally wear a uniform. The work can be physically and emotionally demanding.

Skills and Interests

To be a radiography helper, you should:

  • have patience and good communication skills
  • be able to relate well to people of all ages and backgrounds
  • be able to reassure patients who may be worried or distressed
  • be able to work as part of a team
  • have the ability to work with high-tech equipment.

Entry

There are no set academic qualifications which must be achieved before you can begin working in this field. Employers requirements can vary, however, a good secondary education will be helpful.

Paid or voluntary experience in a healthcare setting, particularly within a hospital, would give you an advantage when applying for work.

Training

As a new radiography helper, you will receive on-the-job training from your employer. 

You may also be given the opportunity to work towards NVQ/SVQ Level 3 in Health (Clinical Imaging or Radiotherapy) which includes optional units specifically relevant to radiography support work.

The role of radiography assistant practitioner exists within some NHS trusts. This role attracts a wider range of duties and responsibilities and a higher rate of pay. Assistant practitioners can gain recognition of their skills by doing a foundation degree in Radiography and Oncology Practice. 

With some NHS trusts you may be able to work as a helper or assistant practitioner whilst studying part-time to become a qualified radiographer. Contact the Society and College of Radiographers for further advice.

Opportunities

There are opportunities for radiography helpers to work in NHS and private hospitals, in diagnostic radiography and/or radiotherapy departments.

Applicants need to contact their local NHS trust or private hospitals for information on local opportunities.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Full-time radiography helpers in the NHS can earn around £14,000 a year.
With experience and a relevant NVQ qualification radiography helpers can earn up to £17,000.


 

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