Radiology

At UHCW the diagnostic radiology department performs over 450,000 examinations a year, using an extensive range of imaging techniques and state of the art equipment. At UHCW we benefit from an established imaging equipment replacement programme so our department is always at the forefront of digital imaging and technology.

Currently we have five MRI scanners, three CT scanners, Coned Beam CT, Bi-plane Angiography, Intervention Suite and recently commissioned digital mobile units.

By joining a team of more than 150 radiographers who each have a passion and commitment to delivering outstanding care to all of our patients all of the time, you will gain the skills, education and support needed to be a world-class radiographer.

Newly Qualified Radiographers

As a newly-qualified radiographer, you will receive support and mentorship to guide you through your first 12 months in practice. This will include an 8-week induction programme to familiarise you with our equipment and ways of working and allow you to complete your mandatory training. After induction, you will continue to receive support in all areas of the rotation.

Our Band 5 radiographer rotation includes CT, fluoroscopy and interventional radiography.  Our workload includes GP and inpatient referrals, specialist orthopaedic and dental radiography, as well as general orthopaedic and neurosurgical theatres. You will also work in our busy emergency department, gaining experience in major trauma.

Opportunities are also available to undertake mentor and assessor training, red dot courses, gain specialist Cone Beam CT dental experience, or to become a cascade trainer for our brand new equipment.  Many radiographers choose to join our paediatric and forensic specialist groups and to support international research and training in the renowned West Midlands Surgical Training Centre.

Experienced Radiographers

There are outstanding training opportunities for UHCW radiographers to increase their skills, knowledge and experience so that they carry out their jobs to the highest standard, progress in their careers and meet our objective of becoming a national and international leader in healthcare.They are also able to access development opportunities in advanced practice including Ultrasound and Plain Film Reporting, research, leadership and other practice areas. We support the four-tier structure and were one of the first Trusts in the UK to develop staff to become Consultant Practitioners in Breast Screening.

Radiology Assistants

Radiography Assistants work closely with radiographers, doctors and nurses to help diagnose and treat patients. Radiology assistants have the opportunity to work in many areas from General X-ray to ED and Fluoroscopy which includes specialised studies such as Barium swallows and pain relief injections, and rotate across all Trust sites including Rugby St Cross and City of Coventry Health Centre. We have an on going training programme that enables those with the motivation to undertake training and develop within the clinical specialty.

In Radiology we have the following specialist areas...

CT/MRI

The Trust is a designated Major Trauma Centre, and the CT scanner in our Emergency Department is one of the busiest in Europe; we also perform a wide range of specialist neuro, vascular, cardiac and colonoscopy examinations on our CT scanners. Our MRI suite comprises of five MRI scanners, including a 3T and an extremity magnet, undertaking specialist MRI neuro, cardiac, liver and breast imaging for the region, as well as supporting a range of research trials.

Breast Screening

The UHCW breast imaging department provides both a static and mobile screening service to the population of Coventry and beyond using the latest digital equipment. The department’s forward thinking approach also applies to staff development, and we have supported our mammographers to develop to Advanced and Consultant Practitioner level.

Cardiac Catheters

UHCW is a national specialist tertiary Cardiac Centre and in the top 10 Primary PCI centres in the UK. Our cardiac catheterisation lab provides primary and diagnostic angiography/angioplasty, electrophysiology and transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). We also provide neuro interventional services including both neuro and spinal coiling/embolisation using the latest equipment. Development prospects in this exciting area include ILS training and accreditation, IV cannulation training, and the opportunities to move into more senior co-ordinator positions.

Interventional radiology and Fluoroscopy

Interventional radiology is a growing speciality with new procedures being developed and undertaken by our team here at UHCW, including  vertebroplasty, UAE, PAE and TACE. Our radiographers work within a multidisciplinary team, treating patients using complex, innovative and minimally-invasive techniques.

In Fluoroscopy we have Advanced Practitioner radiographers performing gastric band adjustments and upper and lower GI studies.

Ultrasound

Our ultrasound services are delivered by a multidisciplinary team of sonographers and radiologists, providing a range of scans including interventional, body, musculoskeletal, obstetrics, and vascular.