Working in the UK as a Radiographer

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Published: 29 Aug 2017      

Here at Sonographers Medical, we help many international medical professionals transition into work in the UK. If you’re applying for a radiography job in the UK, you need to understand the levels of professional competence you must maintain.

Radiographers will often lead full procedures that involve radiotherapy and imaging, so you need to be prepared to take the lead when asked. You will also need to be capable of providing reliable and fast diagnoses for medical conditions, in addition to recommending care options for patients.

Beyond that, there are several other things that international radiographers who wish to work in the UK must keep in mind.

The Health and Care Professions Council

All radiographers in the UK must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). You will not be able to apply for any radiography job in the UK before you have handled this registration process. You can contact the HCPC on +44 (0) 20 7840 9802 if you call from outside the UK, or on 0845 300 4472 if you’re currently in the UK. You can also find out more about the requirements you must meet if you visit www.hcpc-uk.org/apply/international/.

The HCPC looks at international radiographers on a case by case basis. They will closely examine the amount of time you have worked as a radiography and what training you undertook prior to starting your role. Any additional training will also be placed into consideration. All told, your training and job experience must be sufficient to meet the UK’s Standards of Proficiency for Radiographers. This also includes a certain level of proficiency in English language speaking.

The Society and College of Radiographers

Though not a mandatory requirement, it also helps your radiography job applications if you gain membership to the Society and College of Radiographers. The society is the largest professional body for radiography in the United Kingdom, with membership demonstrating that you meet certain professional standards that employers find attractive.

You also receive many professional benefits from joining the society. In addition to entering a community of experienced radiographers, from whom you can learn and create new opportunities, the society also provides professional indemnity cover. Furthermore, it has several publications that can benefit you professionally, and offers support to its members that you can use to move your career forward.

Finding a Radiography Job

There are several avenues that you can go down if you need to find a radiography job in the UK. Before you start, it helps to visit the Department of Health’s website at http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/explore_oversea.shtml. This will provide you with information about the criteria you need to meet to apply for a radiography job in the UK, much of which we have covered here.

As for finding new roles, we at Sonographers Medical advertise jobs for various NHS Trusts throughout the country. Applying through our website is simple and you will find that we have a wide range of jobs, from full-time and permanent positions, through to locum roles that will help you develop your CV.

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