Real-life story - Wayne Hoban
Wayne's radiography training has led him to exciting jobs such as working in A&E, forensic radiography and developing a trauma imaging group.
How I got into the role
A year after qualifying as a radiographer, I moved to a big London teaching hospital to get experience with the specialised procedures that were being developed, particularly in trauma services and CT scanning. Radiography was advancing quickly and I was keen to keep up.
As my experience grew, I progressed from radiographer to senior 2, then senior 1. I also became active in the Society of Radiographers as a union representative and council member. It's part of my career that has always mattered to me – getting involved in the processes that decide how work is organised and services are delivered.
The best bits and challenges
By then I was a superintendent radiographer in a busy A&E department, which advanced my special interest in trauma. I have since assisted in running and developing a series of post-graduate courses to develop trauma knowledge and skills — the technique and equipment that can now be used in emergency situations is remarkable compared to how it used to be.
I also took an interest in forensic radiography, using the equipment as an investigative tool, and have assisted in the development and delivery of training courses in this area. Since then, my career has taken me in some unexpected directions. I helped set up a trauma imaging group, and then a forensics radiography group that has been assisting war crimes investigations in the Balkans, and provides X-ray services in the wake of incidents like the 2005 London bombings.
What I do
Now I'm a deputy department manager, so I don't have the same level of day-to-day clinical involvement with patients, which I miss. But you have to know when it's time to move on and contribute in other ways.