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They can see right through you

08 Nov 2019 09:42:13
Radiology team

Today is World Radiography Day and International Day of Radiology and we’re checking in with one of our brilliant teams to see what makes them tick.

And as a further boost, they’ve just been awarded a ‘highly commended’ in the HSJ Awards on Wednesday night – a great effort in a national competition that seeks to highlight excellence across the health sector.

Nicholas Barlow, consultant radiographer at Rotherham, said the work his team does is a vital part of the system because most people will need imaging when they come to the hospital.

He said: “It is all cutting-edge technology. The new consultant-led service has made it more effective. It is a very fast service and has made a big difference to patients.

“Where several trusts in the region provide plain film image reports for patients within two weeks we can provide them within three days, which is something we are extremely proud of.”

Nicholas said there was a national shortage of radiographers because it is so central to most things happening in the hospital.

“We are struggling to raise awareness of the profession. A big problem is that on TV it is still all doctors and nurses.” 

Nicholas said there were different avenues for people hoping to enter the profession. “There is a career pathway for people. They can train to be reporters. We provide high levels of training.”

Next year is the Society of Radiographers centenary and the team are planning to do an awareness campaign to highlight their profession.

For more on radiology at Rotherham check the website here.