Chantel is a Radiology Department Assistant and Apprentice Radiographer at Queen Victoria Hospital in Sussex.
Tell us about your role and the impact it has on those work with
As an RDA I help to ensure that the department is run smoothly. My main responsibility is to ensure that the patients experience is comfortable and safe. I assist alongside the radiologist’s and radiographers ensuring that the imaging process is ran effectively and efficiently for the patient and for my colleagues performing the scan.
This includes assisting in biopsies, steroid injections, preparing patients for their scans, going through any safety questionaries and chaperoning.
What attracted you to a role as a support worker?
I knew that I wanted a career in Radiology so working in the department was the best way for me to find out if I enjoyed working in healthcare.
How has training and development helped you in your role?
After working at the hospital I knew that I wanted to further my career and go onto be a radiographer. Through The Queen Victoria Hospital I have an amazing opportunity to train as a radiographer through an apprentice scheme.
What are you most proud of in your role?
I am most proud of the care that I give to patients and being able to further my career in the hospital that I work in.
What would you say to encourage others into a role as a support worker with AHPs?
You are always learning and expanding your mind when you work in healthcare. If you love working with people and want something rewarding, then this line of work is for you.