A research project at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) to understand the barriers to recruiting more males to train as therapeutic radiographers has come up with a range of innovative solutions.
Less than one in five radiographers involved in cancer treatment are men and the research project led by Jo McNamara, senior lecturer and admissions tutor, and Julie Nightingale, professor of diagnostic imaging education, sets out a recruitment strategy to target a male audience:
“We have been able to produce all new marketing resources, a school and college engagement toolkit, and a recruitment strategy to target year 10s and 11s," Jo McNamara said.
"This strategy will be disseminated to our other professional courses where recruitment is an issue, and specifically the recruitment of male students, other higher education institutions, and the Society of Radiographers.”
Jo continued, “Increasing male recruitment would impact positively on the workforce and represent the demographic of patients within the population. For example, a high proportion of the radiotherapy workload involves the management of prostate cancer patients, with 47,151 cases of prostate cancer being diagnosed each year, of which almost a third have radiotherapy as their primary treatment.
"Fingers crossed we shall see more male students starting on courses in the next couple of years!”
SHU have developed the following resources: