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Radiography assistant Imaging support worker

Radiography assistants help radiographers with their day-to-day duties.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £16,500 to £22,250 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37.5 per week

1. Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements, but it may be useful if you have:

  • at least 4 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English, maths and a science subject
  • completed a college course in health and social care
  • paid or unpaid work experience in a healthcare setting
You could also get into this job through an apprenticeship.

Health Careers has more information on becoming a radiography assistant.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • patience and empathy
  • accuracy and attention to detail
  • excellent communication and listening skills
  • the ability to reassure patients who may be worried or distressed

3. What you'll do

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • providing reassurance to patients
  • giving information
  • taking patients to and from other wards
  • helping to maintain equipment and reporting any faults
  • assisting with procedures like biopsies
  • clerical tasks

Your duties could also involve processing film images and keeping a high standard of hygiene in the department.

4. Salary

Starter: £16,500

Experienced: £19,500

Highly Experienced: £22,250

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

You’ll usually work around 37.5 hours a week. You’ll sometimes need to work shifts including evenings and weekends.  

The work can be physically and emotionally demanding, as you’ll be working with patients who have a range of health conditions. 

You’ll wear protective clothing, like an x-ray apron, when working with some machines.

You’ll be based within a hospital radiography department or outpatient clinic.

6. Career path and progression

You could join the Society of Radiographers to help progress your career.

With experience and further study, you could go on to be an assistant practitioner or fully qualified radiographer. 

You may be able to do this on a secondment basis with financial support from your employer.

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Last updated: 18 August 2017