Therapeutic radiographers use the latest technology to treat conditions including tumours and cancer.
This page has information on the role of a therapeutic radiographer and links for further information.
Therapeutic radiographers use doses of x-rays and other ionising radiation to treat medical conditions - mainly cancer and tumours. You will work to high levels of accuracy to help ensure the patient's tumour or cancer receives exactly the right dose of radiation, at the same time as ensuring the surrounding normal tissues receive the lowest possible dose.
"Every day I have the opportunity to make a difference to those affected by cancer. Their thank you letters are always lovely to read." Sairanne Wickers, consultant breast radiographer
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Radiotherapy can also be used to treat non-cancerous tumours and other conditions, such as thyroid disease and some blood disorders.
You may be involved in the care of the cancer patient from the initial referral clinic, where they give pre-treatment information, through the planning process, treatment and eventually post-treatment review (follow-up).
You're likely to work in hospitals, mainly within the NHS. You could also work in private clinics and hospitals.
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Radiographers in the NHS work standard hours, which are likely to be around 37.5 a week. You may have to work shifts, including evenings, nights and weekends. You'll start at band 5 of the Agenda for Change pay scale.
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Once qualified, therapeutic radiographers often join the Society of Radiographers. Registered therapeutic radiographers have to keep their skills and knowledge up to date with annual CPD (continuing professional development). The Society of Radiographers runs courses, conferences and seminars where therapeutic radiographers can exchange ideas and update their skills.
You could specialise in a particular type of treatment such as ionising or non-ionising radiation, for example the new area of proton beam therapy. Or you could specialise in treating particular types of cancer or in working with, for example, children. Research or teaching are other options.
You could also move into management, either within radiography services or general management. As head of a local radiography service you would be responsible for a team of staff and for managing a budget.
There may be opportunities to work overseas.
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If you're applying for a role either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services, you'll be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work. The same will be true if you are applying for a university course funded by the NHS.
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