Throughout school and college I was always interested in the sciences, in particular Biology. Having gained A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology and Law at Franklin College I first went on to the University of Sheffield to study a BSc in Biomedical Science. However, throughout this degree it became evident to me that I wanted a career that involved more patient contact. Therefore, during my breaks from university I gained experience in many different departments of the large teaching hospitals in Sheffield as well as spending time locally in Grimsby hospital. From this experience, I decided that I wanted to become a diagnostic radiographer and therefore got back in touch with my old tutors at Franklin who were more than happy to help me reapply for a degree in Diagnostic Radiography.
Knowing that Sheffield was a fantastic city to live in as a student I was keen to return here to study Diagnostic Radiography. Therefore I applied to Sheffield Hallam University and was offered a place on their three year BSc (hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme. The academic content of the course included modules in radiological physics, human anatomy and physiology and patient care. The course also focussed heavily on clinical placement. This involved spending time in different hospitals and different radiography departments gaining experience in plain film radiography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound. I have spent time in one of Yorkshires largest trauma centres, x-raying life threating injuries from gun and knife crimes and serious road traffic accidents. I was also fortunate to be given placement at the Diana Princess of Wales (DPoW) hospital in Grimsby, which meant I could live at home and save some money on rent!
Whilst in Sheffield I was given many opportunities that have contributed to the development of my future career in radiography. These have varied from attending national conferences with Consultant Radiographers from across the world, participating in innovative healthcare courses and being part of an interview panel for a practice educator role in a large NHS trust. In addition to extra-curricular activities, I have also been involved in a range of social events such as charity balls, climbing the three peaks and participating in a weekly pole fitness class.
In August this year, I will begin my career as a Diagnostic Radiographer at a local hospital and shortly after begin studying part-time for a Masters qualification in diagnostic imaging. Whilst I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a student, I look forward to embracing the unlimited opportunities available throughout my career as a radiographer and cannot wait to see where this dynamic and challenging job will take me.