Radiographer Civvy careers

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  1. Sorry for posting here i did think about placing it on outside the wire, but i thought i would give this a shot.

    Im thinking of taking some time to head to uni and retrain, i have been looking along the med side of things, and one course that has cought my eye is radiographer, now i understand it is broken into two fields i.e. oncology and diagnostic imaging.

    I am also under the belief that it is a field which is well under staffed

    I was wondering if there was anyone serving who could shed some light on those as a career choice.

    p.s. im ex army and due to injuries and such like would not be looking for a mil career in this field

    many thanks in advance.
  2. Radiotherapy/oncology is more understaffed than diagnostic radiography. But not as many places that do it. You would be best getting some experience in both to see what you would be best suited to. Oncology you will form emotional attachments to patients who you will see on a regular basis whilst they are treated for and fight cancer successfully and unsuccessfully. I've heard many people who did work experience in it oncology say point blank they just couldnt do it.

    Diagnostic radiography there is not so much of a staff shortage any more like there was about 3-4 years ago, although there are still plenty of jobs. Your degree focus' mainly on X-rays, the stuff which you are used to when going to hospital and will then introduce you to the theory of the other radiological modalities, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, barium studies, angiography, theatre, nuclear medicine etc However these you usually require further training or post graduate studies in order to specialise later on once qualified (dependent on departmental funding!!).

    Anything else you want to know?

    p.s I am currently a Rad :)
  3. Ask Bigbird67. She might be fat, but she knows all about this stuff.
  4. Would say go for it, its a good job. Would say its a tough course but has its payback when qualified. It all depends on your academic qualifications, O levels A levels or equivalent. You may have to do an access course to get on if you dont meet the points required. You will have a job when you qualify and its possible to work worldwide if that is what you fancy.
  5. I didnt have a science A level when I started the degree, it would have helped loads but it wasnt rediculously hard.
  6. If I can pass it any idiot can :-/
  7. Some would say an idiot did................

    .........I think thats me though. :roll:
  8. Thanks for all of the input everyone,

    Im looking at glasgow caledonian which seems to run two seperate courses one for the oncology side of things and one for the diagnostic side of things i would therefore assume that you really should make a decision before enrolement.

    One of the things highlighted on the information for both courses was the time spent on placement. How long and what sort of time divisions would i expect (i.e. 3 months uni and 6 weeks placement etc).

    Once qualified i assume you will have to provide a portfolio of work whilst on specialisation. Once registered (or stableisers taken off however it works) how is the CPD conducted is it through the masters courses i have seen advertised or are there short courses for specific equipments i.e. MRI or ultrasound.

    One of the areas diagnostic can be involved is theatre operations, what sort of service would you provide for this?

    sorry lots of questions, thank you again in advance the feedback has been encouraging and motivating.
  9. T.F.R, I know no more about it other than every time I look at the

    newspaper, the District Health Boards are always bemoaning the shortage

    of such personnel. Britain and the U.S. seem to be poaching our home

    trained people and we sometime fly patients to Australia for treatment,

    obviously scope out here if you are trained.

    I haven't researched it in any way, but it may be worth you making

    enquiries at New Zealand House.

    Anyway, good luck.
  10. You seem to be fishing & make me slightly nervous.
  11. Yes you need to have decided oncology or diagnostic prior to enrollment.

    Different uni's divide their placements up differently. They generally are 50/50 though, with 6-7 weeks off a year. some places divide it with 6 weeks uni then 6 weeks placements. Some bigger blocks.

    In theatre, operations you are generally involved in are providing X-ray guidance for surgeons performing orthopaedic procedures. Such as hip replacements, metal plates and nailings of broken bones and reductions of dislocated limbs. Also for urological operations. Not to mention pairs of scissors and instruments they have accidently left in the patient by the surgeon...

    Specialisation is sometimes a bit of a ball ache, as its often determined by funding. You cant just choose to do a masters in Ultra Sound or MRI as you need to have got a position within a hospital as you need to have a certain amount of clinical experience to run along side the course.

    There are smaller CPD courses you can go on though. They generally are for your own knowledge not for role extension.
  12. many thanks everyone,

    Gado, yes im fishing. fishing for information in order to make an informed decision for the rest of my life. why would you be nervous unless there is a big poo trap that im not aware of.

    anyway many thanks appreciate the feedback all, ill start applying and see how i get on.
  13. Hey, for what its for i'll give u my view of radiography. I am 2 months away from qualifying from Birmingham City University. Radiography is a good job beats working for a leaving like other careers.

    Radiography itself isn't very hard, just as the course isn't either. If you have photographic memory you'll be fine. I must say we have had a lot of support along the way which has been good. However i do think that the short time spend as a student you need to put a lot of effort in when your on placement.

    I've been thinking of a career in the Military as a radiographer for a while now.Stil unsure spoke to a few people who well i wasn't too impressed with what they were sayin to me but hey, we are all allowed our opinions.

    I will say do your research as Therapy jobs are very very few and far between bit like diagnostic jobs. The industry is just flooded at the moment as everyone is finishing their courses. However i have been told in a few months there will be more jobs, which is good. Also what i have found in lookin for work is that most nhs hospitals will show loyalty to their students who have trained that that trust. So unless you want to practise in the military, you need to make a good impression at placement as you never know when you will need a job, as i have now found out! lol

    As for qualifications well i don't think BCU take that into account as we have all sort of dreggs on the courses. I shouldn' worry bout that esp if your military.
  14. TFR, best of luck with your applications. That bit done, sorted.

    Now, this may sound noddy, and you may already have done it, but the best sort of information about what you want to do, can be obtained from the place you want to do it! What I mean is, contact the uni, contact the School of Radiography, do a google search, get some prospectus's and other info etc. Read through them, that'll provide infinitely more useful information that will probably make alot more sense when it's in the context of a flashy brochure or prospectus. (No disrespect to the posters on here, however!)