An interview with Sarah Booth, Teaching Fellow, BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging)

In September 2017 the School of Health and Rehabilitation introduced our exciting new course BSc (Hons) Radiography (Diagnostic Imaging). After a successful first term we caught up with Sarah Booth, teaching fellow to discuss how the year is progressing so far.

How has the first term been?

The first term has gone very well. The students have found it challenging but very enjoyable. The semester culminated in them going on their first clinical placement so it helped them apply everything they had been taught in the first 9 weeks. The students have had some invaluable learning experiences so far and are looking forward to continuing with the programme.

What makes Radiography at Keele great?

Radiography at Keele is a new programme which began in September 2017. We run a 31 week programme in contrast to other Universities which run Radiography programmes over a 44 week period. We have a small cohort of students which allows the learning experience to be personal. The students have a close relationship with the teaching team and also with their peers. Keele has provided us with fantastic teaching facilities such as the Digital Health Hub and we are in the process of having our very own X-ray room installed on campus. Our clinical placement sites offer a range of experiences from major trauma centres to district general hospitals and include a world renowned Orthopaedic Hospital.

What can I expect to encounter whilst training to be a radiographer?

The Radiography degree is a very varied programme, students can expect to be engaging with a number of different learning experiences whilst in the University. Students will receive lectures, role play workshops, image evaluation classes in the Digital health Hub as well as practical workshops undertaken in a real X-ray room. Students will spend 50% of their time on clinical placement working alongside Radiographers developing their practical skills and applying the theoretical knowledge that they have been taught in the university. This experience allows students to develop their patient care and communication skills and allows them to become well-rounded health care professionals.

What subjects at school are good to choose if you are considering Radiography as a career?

Radiography is science based so biology, physics or chemistry are preferable as core subjects.

Why did you decide to be a radiographer?

My mum was a nurse so growing up I always had an idea I wanted to work in healthcare. During my time at high school at around the age of 14 we studied X-rays, and my teacher had a chest X-ray and abdominal X-ray film stuck to the window of the classroom and it was this that first got me interested in Radiography. At the age of 16 I arranged to spend my half-term holiday at the local hospital to experience both therapeutic and diagnostic Radiography so I could make an informed choice as to the path I would choose. They both provided valuable learning experiences but it was my time spent observing Radiography in A&E that confirmed that I really wanted to pursue a career in Diagnostic Radiography.

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