Radiology Assistant, Radiology Clinical Support Staff Team Lead
Where are you based?
Is your role clinical or non-clinical?
How did you come to work in the NHS?
I applied via NHS jobs after seeing the advert during an online search. I joined the NHS as I have always wanted to work in care. Opportunities were limited, but I knew the NHS offered so many development opportunities, I wanted to build my career and the NHS has enabled me to do this.
Briefly explain your job
I line manage two teams consisting of Radiology Assistants and Radiology Porters. I also work clinically – supporting patients and clinical staff with outpatient and inpatient scanning lists. My days are very varied and busy. No two days are the same, I may come in on a morning and we are short-staffed, so I cover the clinical duties. I then must reassess the rota and find cover as appropriate. I attend the senior management meeting to discuss staffing and the day’s pressures.
What do you love about your job?
Helping many patients and my team to have a better day.
What is challenging about your role?
Patients can be quite anxious when they come into our department and can, at times, be cross that they have had to wait a while for their appointment. This can be difficult.
What would you say to a young person thinking of joining the NHS?
Apply – you won’t regret it! Work hard and you will achieve your dreams. The NHS offers great opportunities to try things out if you are not sure what your career is going to be.