Radiography support workers assist both diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers in treating patients. Diagnostic radiographers use imaging technologies to diagnose a condition or disease. Therapeutic radiographers use radiation to treat cancer and tumours.
You could be:
helping reassure patients undergoing treatment
processing the digital images taken
preparing patients for their treatment including transporting patients between other wards and departments
helping patients get into the correct position
updating patient records and booking appointments
cleaning treatment room and equipment between patients.
Under NHS Agenda for Change, radiotherapy support workers start on Band 2, £19,609 to £21,615 a year. With promotion your salary would rise to Band 3, £21,709 to £23,603 a year. The current pay scales are from April 2021.
You would be based in a hospital department such as accident and emergency, outpatients, operating theatre or wards.
You may also work alongside other professionals such as medical physicists, engineers, doctors and nurses.
You may work with mobile equipment, in other parts of a hospital or in the community.
You may have to work evenings or weekends in Accident and Emergency.
You would wear a uniform.
For some work, you would wear clothing which protects you against radiation and you would carry equipment to measure radiation.
It can be a physically demanding job, with moving and lifting patients and equipment.
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) is the UK-wide regulatory body responsible for setting and maintaining standards of professional training, performance and conduct in the following health care professions: Arts Therapists; Audiologist; Biomedical Scientist; Chiropodist and Podiatrist; Clinical Scientist; Dietician; Dramatherapist; Occupational Therapist; Operating Department Practitioner; Orthoptist; Paramedic; Physiotherapist; Practitioner Psychologist; Prosthetist and Orthotist; Radiographer; Speech and Language Therapist. (The HCPC may regulate other healthcare professions in the future.) The HCPC website contains a register of all approved courses in the above professions.