INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES
POST OF: Radiographer
BASE: Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock
REF NO: S/268/11
Thank you for applying for the above post with NHS Ayrshire & Arran. This information sheet
summarises the terms and conditions related to the post.
ABOUT THE POST:
JOB DESCRIPTION: A job description is attached.
CONTRACT: This post is permanent.
SALARY: BAND 5:
£21,176 - £27,625 per annum (pro-rata where
Your salary will be paid into your bank account on the last
Thursday of each month.
HOURS OF WORK: Full Time - 37.5 hours over a 5 day week.
ANNUAL LEAVE Leave year is from April - March. Annual leave entitlement
for full time staff on appointment is 202.5 hours (27 days),
with 217.5 hours (29 days) upon completion of 5 years NHS
service and 247.50 hours (33 days) after 10 years NHS
service, based on 5 days a week at 7.50 hours daily.
Part time staff will be paid pro rata.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS Entitlement is 60 hours based on the 8 designated Public
Holidays per annum, and on a 5 day week working 7.5
hours per day. The 60 hours entitlement is due to all whole
time staff irrespective of work pattern.
For part time staff, this will be applied on a pro-rata
basis and also allocated in hours.
CAR: A car owner/driver is essential.
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE: The conditions of service are those laid down and amended
from time to time by the appropriate negotiating bodies e.g.
NHS Staff Council/NHS Pay Negotiating Council.
KSF The NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework is essentially a
development tool but will also contribute to decisions about
pay progression. It will promote equality for and diversity of
all staff, having the same opportunities for learning,
development and review. It will promote effectiveness at
work – with managers and staff being clear about what is
required within a post. It will support effective learning and
development of individuals – with all members of staff being
supported to learn throughout their careers.
SUPERANNUATION: Employees are automatically opted into the NHS (Scotland)
Superannuation Scheme. Contributions are at the rate of
6.5%. Employees may opt out by completing Form SB34.
RETIREMENT: The normal Retirement age for employees is 65 years.
Requests to work beyond this age under the provisions of
the Age Regulations 2006 will be considered in accordance
with the Retirement Policy.
DISABLED APPLICANTS: A disability or health problem does not preclude full
consideration for the job and applications from people with
disabilities are welcome. All information will be treated as
confidential. NHS Ayrshire & Arran has been approved, by
the Employment Services Department, as an Equal
Opportunities employer with a positive policy towards
employment of disabled people. NHS Ayrshire & Arran
guarantees to interview all applicants with disabilities who
meet the minimum criteria for the post.
You will note on our application form we ask for relevant
information with regards to your disability. This is simply to
ensure that we can assist you, if you are called for
interview, to have every opportunity to present your
application in full. We may call you to discuss your needs
in more detail if you are selected for interview.
ASYLUM AND The Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 and 2004
IMMIGRATION ACT 1996 requires employment checks to ensure that all
AND 2004 (Section 8) employees are legally employed in the United Kingdom.
Candidates will be asked to provide relevant original
documents prior to an offer of employment being made.
Any offer of employment will only be made when the
organisation is satisfied that the candidate is the rightful
holder of the documents and is legally eligible for
employment within the United Kingdom.
TRAVEL EXPENSES Reasonable travel expenses incurred when
INCURRED WHEN attending for interview will be reimbursed. The
ATTENDING FOR travel expenses for the successful candidate will be
INTERVIEW: paid when they take up post and will be included in their
first monthly salary. Please note however reimbursement
of expenses shall not be made to individuals who refuse an
offer of employment on grounds which, in the opinion of
NHS Ayrshire & Arran, are inadequate.
RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses may be payable to the successful
candidate, in accordance with the Policy. This is available
on request from the Department of O&HR Development.
Candidates who require to relocate to take up post, should
discuss this with the interview panel.
MEDICAL EXAMINATION: Any offer of employment is conditional upon a satisfactory
medical report from our Occupational Health Services. You
may be offered employment conditional on confirmation that
you are medically fit for employment. A commencement
date for employment will only be agreed following this
POLICY RELATING TO STAFF Candidates for posts which involve exposure prone
WITH BLOODBORNE VIRUS procedures will not be allowed to commence
INFECTION: employment until they have been assessed as fit to perform
EPPs by Occupational Health. The pre-employment
screening must be completed prior to any job offer being
made. Where a candidate is not able to perform EPPs,
Occupational Health will notify the appropriate manager that
the candidate is ‘fit with restrictions’ and is unable to
perform EPPs. The health status of the individual will not
normally be notified to management. Where the restrictions
recommended by Occupational Health are unable to be
accommodated due to the clinical duties of any of the posts
within the staff groups specified in the policy, an offer of
employment to the post will not be made.
Candidates who are not offered employment due to being
deemed unfit to undertake EPPs as an essential
requirement for a post, may be offered the opportunity to
apply for another advertised vacant post and be considered
with other applicants.
The pre-employment screening for EPP posts above do not
apply to staff undertaking non-EPP posts who could have
direct contact with blood, bloodstained body fluids or
patients’ tissue in the course of their work activities. These
staff will be offered and strongly advised to be immunised
against Hepatitis B in line with the Immunisation Policy
including recall for boosters and further antibody checks.
DISCLOSURE SCOTLAND All employees who apply for posts which are
CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
(Police Act 1997 Part V) and 1974 and who have access to patients in the course
Protection of Vulnerable of their employment will be required to consent to a
Groups Scotland Act 2007 Disclosure Scotland Criminal Records Check or join the
Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme. Any offer of
employment is conditional upon a satisfactory check or
confirmation of scheme membership being received and a
commencement date for employment will only be agreed
following this confirmation.
REFERENCES Two satisfactory written references must be obtained prior
to any offer of employment being made. These should
include current and previous employers as requested in the
job application form. This is in line with the Recruitment and
APPLICATIONS: Please note that we no longer acknowledge receipt of
applications therefore, unless you are shortlisted to attend
for interview, you will not receive any further
INFORMAL ENQUIRIES: Informal enquiries are welcomed by Fiona Orr,
Superintendent Radiographer who can be contacted on
CLOSING DATE: Your completed application form should be submitted to
Department of O&HR Development
63A Lister Street
BY Tuesday 11 October 2011
LOCATION - AYRSHIRE
Situated in attractive south-west Scotland on the Firth of Clyde coastline is the glorious
countryside of Ayrshire which you’ll soon discover is a very special corner of Scotland.
Ayrshire roads are quiet, the countryside peaceful but even so its easy to get here by road,
rail, or air.
Local attractions include country parks, museums - there’s Robert Burns and 1000’s of years
of history and heritage to enjoy, sports - sailing, watersports, swimming, riding, golf to mention
but a few.
Starting in the North at the family resort of Largs the coastal route runs south through the
seaports of Ardrossan and Saltcoats to Irvine - Scotland’s only New Town by the sea. From
Irvine you can take in the breathtaking beauty of the Ayrshire countryside - visit Kilmarnock
with its famous Dean Castle and Country Park then inland through the lace making towns of
Galston, Newmilns and Darvel. Further south and you are in Doon Valley - the heart of
Ayrshire’s industrial heritage. Back on the coastal route south of Irvine is Troon, another
popular resort and the start of Ayrshire’s famous Golf Coast. On this stretch of Ayrshire
Coast Ayr is the premier resort and is also the ideal base for exploring the Burns Heritage
Trail and visiting Burn’s birthplace in Alloway.
From Ayr the coastal route to Girvan includes the picturesque harbour village of Dunure and
the National Trust’s major attraction - Culzean Castle. Inland is the ancient capital of Carrick -
Maybole with its castle and tollbooth. Here in South Ayrshire the nearby Carrick forests and
hills offer superb walking country. The popular seaside town of Girvan would be your last port
of call or you could continue southwards to Ballantrae along a spectacular rugged coastline
notorious in the past as a haven for smugglers.
From North to South the countryside is very varied with something to suit everyone - we like
living and working here - and think you will too!
WITHIN EASY ACCESS TO GLASGOW:-
Most locations within Ayrshire are also within easy access of Glasgow by rail or road with all
the benefits and attractions found in a major city. These include the Theatre Royal, Concert
Hall, Burrell Collection, Citizen’s Theatre, Home of the Scottish Opera, RSNO, Scottish Ballet,
Glasgow’s famous street market - at the ‘Barra’s’ etc.
We aim to provide a no smoking environment for staff, patients and visitors with smoking only
permitted in designated smoking areas. Smoking Cessation Promoters are appointed in key
locations and actively encourage staff, patients and visitors through the provision of
information and access to support to give up smoking.
ALCOHOL AND DRUG POLICY
NHS Ayrshire & Arran operates an Alcohol and Drug Policy to protect the safety of all patients, visitors
and staff with the aim of promoting well being and reducing harm.
The Board has set up a staff lottery and the cost of a chance in each monthly draw is
deducted directly from your wage/salary if you decide to enter the scheme. Half the proceeds
of the lottery are paid out as prizes and the remaining half is used to provide amenities,
facilities and services for both patients and staff.
During the year bumper prizes can be won and in the past these have included large cash
prizes, luxury holidays and cars.
Medicash is a “not for profit” health insurance company which is owned by its members.
Benefits to members requiring NHS care include grants when admitted to hospital, nursing
home or day care and dental and optical grants.
To enable staff to benefit from membership of MEDICASH the Division provides facilities for
membership contributions to be deducted direct from pay. Details can be obtained from your
Information on Discounts given to staff by several local businesses will be available on taking
JOB DESCRIPTION – RADIOGRPHER
1. JOB IDENTIFICATION
Job Title:………………………………………………Radiographer (Diagnostic)
Responsible to:……………………………………….Site Superintendent Radiographer
Accountable to:……………………………………….Medical Imaging Services Manager
Directorate:……………………………………………Integrated Care and Emergency Services
No of Job Holders:……………………………………(25)
Last Update:…………………………………………..March 2010
2. JOB PURPOSE
Justify and perform Radiographic examinations, providing direct care and a high quality
diagnostic imaging service in order to assist in the management of patients referred from
clinicians, in a safe and efficient environment.
You will assess your own workload of patients, undertaking examinations using your own
exposures and recording all associated information in the RIS system.
Promote Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and ensure that the quality assurance
programme is maintained within the main x-ray department.
As an integral part of your role you will supervise students as appropriate and support workers,
working with and around you. You may partake in departmental research and audit projects in
line with local programmes.
The performance of diagnostic radiographic techniques encompassing specialisation in one or
more imaging modalities, alongside the supervision and deputising duties consistent with
efficient service delivery.
Clinical environment: The post holder is expected to be involved in General radiography to
include A+E, GP, Out-patients, In-patients, Dental, Fluoroscopy, Mobile and Theatre
radiography and Forensic radiography by arrangement.
Clinical Provision: There is a requirement for the post holder to take part in the out of hours
Stand-by (in hospital premises) rota, which will soon be changing to a Shift pattern. The service
covers 24 hours a day, 365 days per annum.
Rota commitment: In this service, encompasses A+E, emergency In-patient requests including
mobiles and theatres, neonatal radiography (at Crosshouse), and cascaded major incident
Staff responsibility: Direct and supervise the workload of Radiography helpers, Nurses,
Assistant Practitioners, and Porters. To direct the theoretical and practical components of
student training in the clinical setting to ensure that a high level of patient care is provided at all
times. All newly qualified practitioners will be expected to partake in and complete the flying start
4. ORGANISATIONAL POSITION:
Healthcare Manager Clinical Director of Radiology
Medical Imaging Services Manager
Site Superintendent. Ayr Site Superintendent. Crosshouse
Deputy to Site Superintendent Radiographer Deputy to Site Superintendent Radiographer
Band 6 Senior Radiographers Band 6 Senior Radiographers
Band 5 Radiographers Band 5 Radiographers
Assistant Practitioners Assistant Practitioners
Radiographic Helpers Radiographic Helpers
5. ROLE OF DEPARTMENT
Crosshouse Hospital: provides Imaging Services of a high standard: on site 24 hours per day
and supports services at Arran, and Millport as well as a ‘2nd On Call’ service to cover trauma
theatres and the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), as well as a out of hours service covering
urgent In patients and patients referred from Accident & Emergency. A comprehensive
diagnostic service is provided for Out Patients, In patients, and patients attending through
Accident and Emergency. In addition this department supports an ‘open access’ service for
patients being referred from their GP.
All practice is undertaken in accordance with National Legislation: Ionising Radiation
Regulations 1999 [IRR99], and Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations [IR(ME)R],
and is subject to inspection by The Scottish Executive.
Around 110,000 patients per annum are processed through 2 dedicated Accident & Emergency
Rooms and 1 facility within the Resuscitation Room. There are 3 General Rooms, 1 Dental
facility, 1 Mammography Room, 1 Screening Room, 3 Ultrasound Rooms, 1 CT Scanner, 1 MRI
Scanner. In addition this department has 4 Mobile X-ray Units for use in Wards and 4 Mobile
Image Intensifiers for use in the Operating Theatres.
Ayr Hospital: provides Imaging Services of a high standard: on site 24 hours per day and
supports services at East Ayrshire Community Hospital and Girvan Community Hospital, as
well as a out of hours service covering urgent In patients and patients referred from Accident &
The same diagnostic service is provided for Out patients, In Patients and patients attending
through Accident and Emergency. In addition the service supports an appointment service for
patients referred from their GP.
All practice is undertaken in accordance with National Legislation: Ionising Radiation
Regulations 1999 [IRR99], and Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations [IR(ME)R],
and is subject to inspection by The Scottish Executive.
Around 85,000 patients per annum are examined through the 4 General Rooms, 1 Dental
facility, 1 Mammography Room, 1 Screening Room, 2 Ultrasound Rooms, 1 CT Scanner, 1 MRI
Scanner and 1 Interventional Theatre. In addition this department has 3 Mobile X-ray Units for
use in Wards and 4 Mobile Image Intensifiers for use in the Operating Theatres and Endoscopy
In general: a high level of multidisciplinary collaboration is fundamental to the efficiency of the
departments. Cutting edge technology and the ability to adapt to change assists the
organisation in achieving its objectives within this environment. Continual monitoring of Clinical
Governance issues takes place to support best practice, and to ensure that high standards are
maintained. This involves all disciplines and grades of staff. A comprehensive regime of Quality
Assurance is in place.
6. KEY RESULT AREAS
Analyse the appropriateness of the x-ray request with the respect to the presentation of the
patient and their condition. Making informed decisions with regard to methodology of approach,
modification of technique. Taking into account the performance and limitations of available
equipment. To attain the best possible image.
To take personal responsibility for the observance of Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure)
Regulations 2000. Checking x-ray requests with regard to appropriate clinical history for the
requested examination to be justified and where appropriate the authorisation of exposures
when the regulations allow. To prevent unnecessary exposure of the patient to radiation.
Analyse the radiographic image, identify any possible abnormalities, advise/or give an opinion to
the clinician i.e. verbally or by use of red dot system, to assist in the resultant patient care.
Acquire, provide and archive diagnostic images utilising best practice, and to use appropriate
technology and equipment in order to maximise the diagnostic process.
Ensure the health and safety of all individuals by observing radiation safety by the correct use of
personal dosimetry (Personal Radiation Dose Monitoring Badges), Best use of dose limiting
functions of equipment (e.g. Pulse Fluoroscopy), shielding equipment, and dose reduction
Collect, compile and record information accurately and effectively to facilitate the principles of
data review with special regard to confidentiality, auditing effectiveness and highlighting
irregularities to ensure the maintenance of professional standards.
To maintain and update the required skills, knowledge and technical expertise. Actively pursue
continued professional development in all aspects of the radiographers’ role, and to record such
instances appropriately. To facilitate the carrying out of existing and new techniques and to be
actively involved in the training and advising of colleagues and students. Thus ensuring up to
date best practice.
Contribute to the review, development and update of departmental policies and procedures in
line with National directives and guidelines /Legislative changes. (E.g. COSHH, IR (ME)R 2000)
by implementing the amended policies and procedures throughout the department to ensure up
to date best practice at all times.
Monitor and make suggestions in aspects of health and safety and environmental working
practices in the department to ensure National health and safety guidelines and organisational
recommendations are met.
When requested assist in appropriate local induction to support new employees and to introduce
them to departmental policies and procedures.
Conduct training, supervise the practice and assess the progress of radiography students in
general areas of radiography as and when appropriate. To ensure that professional standards
are attained and developed.
Maintain a high level of expertise in the safe operation of X-ray equipment, participating in
departmental Audit and Quality Assurance to maintain effective Clinical Effectiveness, resulting
in the appropriate management of faults.
Operate autonomously when providing an out of hours service to patients requiring urgent
imaging due to acute trauma or illness. Exercising personal responsibility and making decisions
in complex and unpredictable circumstances i.e. imaging in A+E and theatre and/or during a
multiple trauma situation. In order to assist in informed decision making, with respect to patient
7a. EQUIPMENT AND MACHINERY
Ceiling suspended general x-ray tubes, x-ray tables with rise and fall function and floating top,
bucky assemblies (erect and Supine), operating consoles.
Specialised A+E rooms with dedicated isocentric skull unit utilising DR technology (in
Specialised Fluoroscopy suite with under couch tube associated to image intensifier, ceiling
mounted x-ray tube and multi directional table.
Specialised ceiling mounted x-ray tube with tomographic facility for use with intravenous
Urography (at Ayr and Crosshouse Hospitals).
Mobile x-ray units for use in ward and theatre radiography.
Mobile image intensifiers for use in theatre, coronary care settings and endoscopy.
Digital OPT, Lateral Cephalostat and Intra Oral Dental x-ray unit.
Laser printer. (Used to print hard copy images of digitally stored images)
Computerised Radiography (CR) Imaging laser reader
CR Work stations (Used for post processing of digitally produced radiographic images)
CR cassettes and imaging plates (The device containing CR imaging plates for use when
producing digital radiographic images)
Radiology Information System (RIS) Work stations (The hard ware use when interacting with
information soft ware for recording and storage of data.)
Label printers (Barcode System for patient / examination identification)
Grids (Scatter radiation limiting device used to optimise image detail)
Cassette holders (Devices for the support and positioning of cassettes for the purposes of
radiographic image acquisition)
Immobilisation devices (Foam pads, Bands, Sand bags, weights and straps used to reduce
Hoists (Patient transfer)
Patient mobilisation/transfer devices (trolleys, chairs, pat slides, boomerangs, Zimmer’s slide
Radiology Information System (RIS) - Patient registration and reporting system. Input and
interrogation of the system to record and update the exam history of the patient as well as
record the archiving situation of film wallets. Linked to Local Network for report access allowing
interrogation to assist with the decision making process.
Computerised Radiography (CR) - Maintaining and interrogating Digital image acquisition,
manipulation and storage is standard.
Digital Radiography (DR) - rooms have been installed recently on both sites, with the images
being sent to PACS and for reporting.
Internet and Intranet - access via Local PC to facilitate information retrieval and dissemination
for professional developmental purposes.
The manual input of written information by means of data recording on: request cards, daily
equipment tests records, adverse incident reports, equipment handover forms, annual leave
cards, ‘owed time’ book, student training time sheets and student assessment pro forma.
Hospital internal and external telecommunication systems (Conventional telephonic and Radio
pagers) used to contact and be contacted for the passage of information both internally and at
home whilst on-call
8. ASSIGNMENT AND REVIEW OF WORK
The workload of the post holder is demand led and comes from extrinsic sources and from
within the department (e.g. Q.A. programmes.) Clinics and Departments (Medical, Surgical,
Maxilofacial, Orthopaedic, Paediatric, Geriatric, Pathology) G.P. Open Access, Dental
Surgeons, In Patent referrals, Trauma and Theatre Work.
Such referrals result in the carrying out of radiographic examinations, which generate diagnostic
images by means of various modalities, thus, enabling the Radiological process of report
production to ensue. This information is then relayed to referrers and clinicians so that they
might use same to diagnose and manage the treatment of disease and pathology.
The post holder is also required to be involved with the work generated from within the
department. Activities such as Quality Assurance involves the post holder to engage in the
auditing of performance by means of peer review and equipment performance testing with
responsibility for a piece of equipment or room. There will also be a requirement to engage in
service review through discussion, formulation and review of departmental and national policies
(e.g. IR(ME)R, COSHH).
There is a requirement to continue professional development (CPD) involving the attendance at
in-house seminars, talks, and courses as well as formal post-graduate courses, especially when
identified with line manager and through PDP.
The post holder is required to participate in the training and assessment of student
radiographers when deemed appropriate, by giving advice as to the appropriate techniques and
methods for equipment usage and patient care. New graduates will also be expected to
undertake and complete the Flying Start programme.
Should a complex problem not previously encountered arise advice and guidance may be
sought from peers, senior/superintendent radiographers or radiologist. Although when on-call
this level of support is not available and the post holder must operate autonomously.
Staff meetings are held each morning by the line manager to ensure continuity and to
disseminate information and highlight any problem areas. Performance review is informally
carried out at a monthly staff meeting with a formal review at PDP on an annual basis
9. DECISIONS AND JUDGEMENTS
The post holder is required to take charge of a section/take decisions at a higher level in the
absence of more senior colleagues at meal breaks, annual leave, and sickness and must be
able to work independently during these times.
Using judgment to ensure work is being carried out to the required standards, displaying an
understanding of the need for good time management for self and others thus enhancing the
effectiveness of the clinical environment.
Utilise experience to best effect, by applying such knowledge in the clinical situation i.e.
environment, equipment limitations, patient risk assessment, decision-making process.
Show an awareness and understanding of a range of clinical signs, which may indicate distress
or pain in patients. Adapting radiographic technique accordingly to optimise the diagnostic
Where IR(ME)R supports the radiographer to fulfil the role of operator, that individual will be
required to authorise requests for x-ray.
Make the correct decisions with regard to the appropriateness of radiographic method and
technique from a range of options to ensure the best radiographic and clinical outcome.
10. MOST CHALLENGING/DIFFICULT PARTS OF THE JOB
Display optimal and adaptable imaging technique after identifying potential life threatening
Working single handedly during out of hours as appropriate.
Working in the trauma environment where on the spot decisions are made with respect to the
adaptability of technique, the accuracy of data recording and cross disciplinary collaboration and
communication are paramount.
Keeping up to date with new techniques and new technology through reading, training and
Coping with the increasing workload form referring sources.
11. COMMUNICATIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS
Provide explanations of often-complex procedures.
Listening to the patients’ questions and requests in order to identify the patients’ personal
requirements so that compliance with the imaging process can be achieved.
Identifying and over coming barriers to communication such as language, visual or auditory
Developing a rapport with patients so that they learn to trust the radiographic process. Inducing
an environment of ‘two way’ communication.
Advise patients in respect to radiation safety and the ALARA principle. Particularly to those
assisting in the examination of children.
Provide support and advice to patients in distress or in pain in order to facilitate the radiographic
process to be effective.
Relatives / Carers:
Provide reassurance and receive advice with regard to patient’s individual needs.
Provide instruction and guidance when gaining assistance with patient handling and movement
during the radiographic process.
Radiography Staff (Internal / External):
Consult senior staff for advice.
Seek advice from Radiologists.
Delegate tasks to Radiography Helpers/Porters.
Share information with other radiographers and assistant practitioners regarding the continuity
As and when appropriate. Assess whether the Student is capable of performing an examination
safely with the patient’s permission and after suitable tuition.
Advise the Student as to the best practice for optimal imaging outcomes, patient and radiation
Assess the Students progress on a day-to-day basis providing feedback and offering an
opportunity for discussion.
Take part in the formal assessment programmes as laid down by the University.
Medical Staff / Nursing Staff:
Provide accurate written and verbal information to Radiologists
Query incorrect or unnecessary referrals in order to reduce or avoid unwarranted radiation dose
to the patient.
Provide advice on the guidelines for relevant x-ray examinations.
Provide advice on the nature of the radiographic process.
Provide advice on the nature of images.
Seek help and advice as to the condition and status of patients.
Typical difficulties encountered with communication by the post holder are: - language barriers;
patient condition (i.e. communicating with a carer where a patient has Alzheimer’s); medical
terminology; patient with hearing difficulty; an intoxicated or abusive patient.
12. PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB
The usage of Expensive and sensitive x- ray equipment requires skill and dexterity.
The positioning of patients to ensure optimal radiographic visualisation can be difficult when the
patient is physically challenged or is infirm.
The correct usage of patient transfer devices and immobilisation devices required a breadth of
physical skills to ensure good operational technique.
The accurate and developed display of keyboard skills when inputting and recording data when
sing computerised systems.
The movement of conventional x-ray equipment requires a degree of fitness and physicality.
Inherently, radiography requires continuous bending, stretching, and reaching to position
Patient transferral is a major source of injury for radiographers.
Since radiography is a Hospital wide activity there is a great degree of walking to and from
different locale whilst transporting mobile equipment.
Working in a dark environment, whilst looking at monitors and light boxes is very stressful to the
eyes and can induce headache.
The supervision and direction of others whilst attending to personal duties requires a high level
of awareness and concentration.
The Radiographic examination of Pathology specimens can be emotionally distressing
particularly those involving neonatal death.
The radiography in the trauma situation is stressful where severe injury or death is witnessed.
Frequent exposure to highly unpleasant odours and bodily fluids especially in barium enemas
Fluoroscopic examinations such as barium enemas or theatre require the radiographer to wear
heavy radiation lead shielding apparel often in hot or confined environments.
There are risks from scattered ionising radiation to body parts, which remain unshielded.
The clinical environment is one, which is not inherently air-conditioned and is artificially
Frequent exposure to violent and verbally abusive patient.
Exposure to substances and chemicals hazardous to health is inherent in the medical imaging
environment, however precautions are in place for this and PPE is worn.
13. KNOWLEDGE, TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED TO DO THE JOB
BSc (Hons) Degree in Diagnostic Radiography or equivalent
Excellent communication skills.
Excellent team working skills.
Evidence of Continuous Professional Development if appropriate.