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A day in the life of a diagnostic radiographer.

I'm Claire Brooks and I am a diagnostic radiographer, pilates instructor and a mum of two girls. 

What is the importance of Radiography as a profession?

To have trained professionals to provide a high quality imaging service to our patients. We are the link between the patient and the treating clinician. We will help to diagnose so that they can help to treat.

Can you run through some of your daily tasks?

Ensuring the safe, effective service that our patients deserve, I check each referral to make sure that we are going to be able to answer the questions that the clinician has asked. I then prepare the patient for the xray or MRI scan and explain what's going to happen. Sometimes people need quite a bit of support to manage an mri scan and that is a challenge I enjoy. The satisfaction of helping someone to do something they're not sure that they can. I then carry out the examination, producing the images which I then send onto the radiologists to interpret. If I see something significant, it's up to me to flag it urgently to the radiologists and ask for an urgent report. 
To finish the examination I need to let the patient know when and how to get the results. In my role specifically I also support all the staff in my team as their manager, I ensure good staffing numbers. I am involved in recruiting staff, appraisal of staff and support through training and development needs. I also manage the day to day things that crop up in the department. 

Why did you choose to work for Care UK as a radiographer?

For me, it's been a great opportunity to work with a team of people who really know their stuff.  Patients are always really pleasantly surprised by the nice calm clinical environment in comparison to a busy hospital.

What opportunities have Care UK given you?

I am in my first management job. I have been supported so well by my centre managers. Care UK has sent me on a number of really well run management training courses which have helped me develop my skills. 

What are some of the challenges you face?

The day to day challenges of juggling demand and capacity make the job challenging but I work with such a great team of radiographers, sonographers and health care assistants - we all pull together! 

What are some of the positives and highlights?

Working with a highly skilled team, we all learn from each other daily and in regular CPD meetings. So there's always an opportunity to learn. Working with a company who focuses on the patient first of all and who values every member of the team. Also care UK is open to innovative ideas and there are initiatives within the company that are being rolled out that are exciting. I think there will be exciting plans for radiology within care UK in the future. 

What do you believe are the most important skills needed?

A caring nature, good technical and technology skills, an ability to think on your feet and enthusiasm! 

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