Previously, I worked as a Radiology Assistant Practitioner before realising that I wanted to push myself even further. Being a mature student whilst undergoing the Trainee Assistant Practitioner post was a great decision and very rewarding. I find working as an Assistant Practitioner within the MRI department an extremely rewarding position to be in within the Radiology department.
Every day is different, and I have support from my colleagues. Working at the Royal Devon has such a community feel. Although the North Devon District Hospital may be smaller than some hospitals, we are always busy caring for our patients. I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else! You can go further with your career after qualifying as an Assistant Practitioner, and there is so much choice within Radiology to do so.
You can advance your skills as you progress. This can be a challenging area for our patients, sometimes increased anxiety can make it difficult for them to be able to have their scans. If we can offer support and compassion along with reassurance, we can ensure they get the necessary diagnostic service. This is what I consider one of the most rewarding aspects of the role. I love supporting the Radiographers, and feel privileged to have gained the knowledge and experience I have.
MRI is a wonderful and friendly place to be!