Can you tell us about your role and the difference it makes to patient care?
I am currently an apprentice radiographer and during my time in the x-ray rooms, I am supported by qualified radiographer. We cover a number of modalities, these include
- Fluoroscopy – patients attend this area for nasal feeding tube changes, speech and language therapy team have a weekly clinic here, where patients come who have disabilities and this can affect their swallowing. This is shown on a screen using a barium solution mixed in with their food. The radiographer will film the treatment and the barium solution shows up during the study. There are many other studies performed in fluoroscopy, they are not limited to the above.
- Theatres – radiographer / apprentice radiographer attend theatre to take images during surgery. This is so the surgeon can see their work throughout the operation. Examples of this include, pinning/ wiring of broken bones. Radiographers also perform x-rays for more complexed surgery such has spinal operations.
- Mobile X-ray. These are performed on the wards, for patients who are too unwell to attend the radiology department.
Working within a variety of modalities enables radiographers to work collaboratively with other medical teams. It has also given me an increased awareness of how other professions work. As an apprentice and working hand in hand with qualified radiographers, I can offer support to patient, carers and colleagues.
What attracted you to being a support worker?
Prior to being an apprentice radiographer I was a radiographic aide and I assisted with many procedures alongside consultants, radiographers, and sonographers.
This provided me with a vast amount of experience and knowledge as well as the opportunity to apply for the Apprenticeship. I really enjoyed supporting my team in their work but also the job satisfaction of helping patients and supporting families.