Issue date: 06 July 2001

Radiography Awareness Week 8-15 July 2001

The School of Radiography in the Faculty of Health and Social Care is planning a series of events to promote opportunities in the growth market for Radiographers.

‘New Opportunities Funding (NOF)’ has enabled radiotherapy/oncology and diagnostic imaging/x-ray departments in hospitals across the country to purchase new state of the art, high technology, equipment. This in turn has led to a greater demand for more radiographers to operate and utilise this new technology. There are many training opportunities in radiography and due to the demand for radiographers UWE has been asked by the NHS to recruit more students this year.

‘Radiography Roadshows’ are being launched and will visit schools and Taster days will take place at UWE. The Roadshows will introduce radiography as a career option and the Taster Days will present the opportunity for those interested to experience a day in a radiography training environment.

Therapy radiographers plan and deliver treatment and give support to people with cancer using x-rays and other methods. Diagnostic radiographers produce and interpret high quality images in the diagnosis of injury and disease. Marny Hunt and Caroline Davis have almost completed their training.

Marny Hunt opted for radiotherapy training. She said, “I looked at all the professions allied to medicine and preferred radiotherapy. I wanted to take part in the treatment rather then just the diagnosis of patients, I also wanted to have more contact with patients. I have enjoyed the variety of placements and the mix with the academic content of the course. You have a lot of support while on placement and are able to observe therapy radiographers and how they interact with patients.” Marny is about to qualify as a therapy radiographer and already has a job offer at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Birmingham. As Marny’s qualification is recognised internationally she would like to take part in the VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) scheme in the near future using her radiotherapy skills.

Caroline Davis decided to take the diagnostic imaging qualification. She said, “I liked the mixture of science and working with high tech equipment. I also enjoy working with people both patients and the interaction with other health care professionals. I was interested in the equipment used for diagnostic imaging and the opportunities to then go on and specialise in different areas such as CT scanning or ultrasound.” As a mature student Caroline says that the structure of the course fitted around her family life, in particular the long summer holiday coincided with her children’s summer school holiday. Caroline has secured a job at the Royal United Hospital, Bath starting in September. Caroline has found that employers often have a flexible approach to hours of work. Hilary has been on the receiving end of Radiotherapy treatment. She said “The Radiographers I met were very professional but also friendly in their approach which gave me confidence at a difficult time. The whole business was as relaxed as possible, but I knew I was in good hands. This feeling continued through the whole period of treatment. They were watchful of my physical health and of my mental well being at all times. Their explanations, professionalism and friendliness took away the apprehension, tension and fear which sometimes surfaced. I cannot thank them enough.”

For information on radiography training contact your local hospital radiotherapy/oncology or diagnostic imaging/x-ray department or the Faculty Admissions Office, Faculty of Health and Social Care, UWE Bristol, Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, Stapleton, Bristol BS16 1DD, tel 0117 344 8536 or e-mail HSC.Admissions@uwe.ac.uk


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