What our Therapeutic Radiographers say...

Claire Powlesland senior pre-treatment therapeutic radiographer

For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to be a therapeutic radiographer, and I love my job. I worked on the treatment floor for 11 years before moving into pre-treatment where I was able to train in brachytherapy.

Alongside my role as a senior radiographer in pre-treatment I have now extended my scope of practice to become part of the team who care for ladies with gynaecological cancers. Despite being the biggest prude I know, I love my role. I have been fortunate enough to put some of my study into practice and I get a huge sense of achievement from knowing that guidelines that I have produced have a positive impact on ladies every day.

The role that I have now is unrecognisable from the role I started in, and I didn’t see myself ending up here, but that’s what I love about radiotherapy, it’s changing all the time and there’s always something new to learn.

The most important thing though is that no matter how much you learn and how specialised you become, it all comes back to caring for patients who are going through one of the most difficult periods in their lives.

Rosie Todd qualifying therapeutic radiographer with a job at James Cook

I decided to become a therapy radiographer due to the varied nature of the job.

I love that I work in such a scientifically and technologically advancing field, whilst taking an active role in the all-round care of cancer patients and their families.

Something I am looking forward to when I qualify is being autonomous in my practice to make treatment decisions and have an increased opportunity to act as a patient welfare advocate.

Rebecca Kamsika senior therapeutic radiographer previous Sheffield Hallam University student

I love being a therapeutic radiographer because I’m one of many who work as part of a team, which help patients and their families through the darkest time of their lives.

I see and treat the patients every day and build a relationship with them.

This helps to get them through to the end of their journey and shows them that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Melanie Clarkson senior lecturer and placement learning tutor, James Cook and Sheffield Hallam University

There are a number of varied roles in radiotherapy that are held by therapeutic radiographers.

From reviewing patients during and after treatment, planning patients radiotherapy and working in research or education to being a consultant radiographer.

I love being a therapeutic radiographer and an educator.

I am honoured to have supported so many wonderful therapeutic radiographers during their education over the past 10 years. They are all amazing and all making a difference.

Lauren Husband – Therapeutic radiographer and previous Sheffield Hallam University student

I love being a therapeutic radiographer because it allows me to have the ultimate job satisfaction with daily challenges that keep me on my toes!

I get to meet the most inspiring people and have the ability to help improve their quality of life or even save it!

How can it get better than that?