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Diagnostic radiographer

2nd July 2019

To be a good diagnostic radiographer you need to…

  • be supportive and caring
  • have confidence in using leading-edge technologies
  • be able to manage the emotional and distressing situations you may encounter
  • possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills in order to explain procedures to patients

If you’re thinking of a career as a diagnostic radiographer…

See HCPC – Approved programmes for professional qualifications in diagnostic radiography, each institution sets its own entry requirements, so it’s important to check carefully.

To practice as a radiographer, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and can join as a member of the Society of Radiographers.

If you’ve already got a degree in a science or health-related subject, you can apply for an accelerated postgraduate diagnostic training programme.

To get onto a degree apprenticeship, you will need to apply for an apprentice position with a health care provider. You can search for vacancies on the NHS Jobs website and Find an Apprenticeship website.

If you’re working in radiography as an assistant practitioner, you may be able to take a foundation degree in health and social care or a DipHE in radiography or clinical imaging.

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