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12.5. Educator Case Study 3

I qualified as a radiographer in 2008 from Birmingham City University (BCU) and went straight to work in the hospital where I trained, the George Eliot Hospital. Here I cemented my degree education into practice skills by working as a Band 5 radiographer. 

The Band 5 role satisfied my radiological curiosities for some time as I was still developing as a radiographer. After a period of some months I was approached to become Society representative. This was a demanding role which equipped me with the ability to talk to large groups about current issues and standards, sometimes of a controversial nature. Reflecting on this role I found a desire to forward/pass on current and up to date knowledge. Alongside this I was becoming more and more involved with students, not in an official capacity, but I had the desire to help students  alongside whom I had previously trained. 

A year after qualification I put myself forward for the reporting course at BCU as I had always shown an interest in and an affinity for reporting. Becoming a reporting radiographer was a difficult and demanding task whilst working full time however, and corny as it may sound, it rekindled my love of learning. The reporting role automatically makes you an individual that other radiographers go to for support and knowledge. 

With my background as Society rep I was involved in the departmental process of the change from on-call systems to a shift system. This provided me with essential skills for my upcoming role as a lecturer such as rota systems, time management and multi-disciplinary working groups.   

Throughout the first year of my reporting training it was becoming evident that I wanted to follow my post graduate qualification to come “full circle” and give back this knowledge to the next radiographers. To achieve this I requested BCU to consider me for  guest lecturing and I delivered a session on the differences between OA and RA. Through this process I was still studying for my second year of the reporting course. 

At this stage a vacancy became available at BCU for a 12 month contract and I jumped at the chance and was successful. I had applied myself and put myself in the way of the education circle and my goal was achieved. I started this position in March 2012 alongside my completion of my Postgraduate qualification in image reporting and have never looked back. I still use my clinical/reporting skills as I do believe it to be important to practice what you preach, something which I can also draw upon to aid current students.

Graham Kelly, Diagnostic radiography lecturer, Birmingham City University

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