Therapeutic Radiographer

Average Salary: £23,000 - £28,000
Competition: MID
Years Experience: 1-4 years

Job Summary

Nothing about Therapeutic Radiographers sounds therapeutic. Irony. But to be fair to them, treating cancer is not something you can kiss and make better. Therapeutic Radiographers targets cancer and tumours using high doses of radiation, whilst trying to minimise the dosage effecting surrounding healthy tissues.

Duties

On the job, you’ll be using a lot of state-of-the-art radiography equipment. But whilst there’s a technical side to the role, there’s also a caring and emphatic side, where you’ll be regularly contacting patients before their treatment during the planning process and post-treatment. On a day-to-day basis, your job responsibilities could be doing the following:

  • Planning a course of treatment that is specific to the patient’s condition and explaining the procedure with them
  • Administrating doses of radiations as what’s specified in the patient’s treatment plan
  • Observing the patient’s progress and the effects after treatment during consultations
  • Analysing the results, producing reports and keeping accurate patient records
  • Providing continuous support before, during and after treatment to the patient and their family
  • Keeping up-to-date with new research and attending training on the latest treatments and radiotherapy equipment

Key Skills & Characteristics

A Therapeutic Radiographer should:

  • Have excellent communication skills being able to explain complex information to all levels of understanding
  • Possess strong interpersonal skills, whilst having a caring nature
  • Be supportive and able to put people at ease quite comfortably
  • Have good observation, analytical and judgmental skills
  • Show good organisational and planning skills being able to coordinate and prioritise patient workload effectively

Entry Routes

To be an official Therapeutic Radiographer you need to be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC). And to be registered you need to complete a HCPC approved degree in Therapeutic Radiography. Yeah, this is not some sort of “create-a-username’ register. The degree will involve theory and practical sessions with you being in actual clinical setting. Once you’ve completed your degree, getting a membership with the Society of Radiographers will boost your credentials.

Before you decide to do all of this, we would recommend you doing some work experience or shadowing a Therapeutic Radiographer. We’re not saying this to be annoying, but it’s because this degree is very specific and relates to very little other than radiography. So better to find out if this degree is right for you as early as possible.

Job Progression

Assistant Practitioner

Therapeutic Radiographer

Advanced Radiographer

Team Manager

Principal Radiographer

Therapeutic Radiographer Consultant

Advice From Our Experts

The Good

  • Rewarding – It’s great making a real difference to someone’s life
  • New People – You're able to meet a lot of new people where you can build a strong bond
  • Variety – Every case is different which makes it always interesting

The Bad

  • Long Hours – Expect to be working long shifts
  • Emotionally Stressful – You often get news that a patient you created an emotional bond with has either died or has become seriously ill
  • Physically Stressful – You’re always on your feet