The NHS in North West (NW) London took a day out to support and encourage radiographers to reach their career goals and aspirations, at our Diagnostic Radiographer Education Day on Saturday 28 January.
Radiographers and radiography students joined inspirational speakers from across NW London to discuss careers in radiography and emerging technology. There were also opportunities to network with the leadership teams from trust imaging departments.
The recurring theme of the day was that progressing as a radiographer is a challenge. Taking the lead requires striving for what you want, showing enthusiasm and taking control of your own learning.
Many of our radiographers have advanced their careers by leading services outside of diagnostics. Bindiya Vekaria, talked us through her journey starting as a newly qualified radiographer at Northwick Park Hospital in 2010 to her current role as Lead Paediatric Radiographer. Her interest in paediatrics allowed her to create opportunities and a brand new role for herself. Bindiya said: “I learnt a lot by going to study days and implementing what I wanted in my organisation. It is important to keep building on skills and knowledge”.
In NW London we are focused on developing our workforce so that they are well equipped to provide the best patient care. Jagjit Saund, Interventional Fluoroscopy Superintendent and Herdeep Sandhu, Senior Radiographer at Hillingdon Hospital shared their experiences of supporting and training radiographers at their female led fertility service which has also helped to benefit patients, by increasing flexibility with appointment slots, reducing referral times, anxiety and stress levels.
Overall the event was very successful, with positive feedback from all. Newly qualified radiographer Mufeedh Choudhury from Birmingham commented: “I would like to move to NW London because of the excellent opportunities that on offer and the career development available. For me working in NW London combines the vibrant environment that London offers with the specialist knowledge”.
The event also provided an opportunity to introduce the newly launched Radiographer Career Framework, which has provided radiography managers with a tool to get more money invested in their workforce and has provided radiographers with direction so that they can see the gaps in their skills and knowledge and demonstrate their enthusiasm to succeed.