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What does a Radiography Helper do?

Radiography helpers, sometimes known as imaging support workers, assist qualified diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers. The work involves helping administer treatment to patients with a range of illnesses, and processing film to help diagnose ill or injured patients.

The work may 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.

What's the working environment like working as a Radiography Helper?

Radiography helpers usually work 35 hours a week, although under a new government directive this may increase to 37.5 hours a week. There are part-time and job share opportunities.

They work in hospitals in radiography departments and outpatient clinics.

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

What does it take to become a Radiography Helper?

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.

Radiography Helper Career 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.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Radiography Helper that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

The Society and College of Radiographers
207 Providence Square
Mill Street
Tel: 020 7740 7200

NHS Careers
PO Box 376
BS99 3EY
Tel: 0845 606 0655

NHS Learning and Development Service
Tel: 08000 150 850
Email: learning@nhscareers.nhs.uk

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