Radiography Assistants

Last updated: 22 April 2021

Radiography Assistant


Radiography Assistants and imaging support workers are crucial cogs in the diagnosis and treatment of NHS patients. As a radiography assistant or imaging support worker, you'll work closely with diagnostic radiographers who use imaging to work out which disease or condition is causing a patient’s illness and/or therapeutic radiographers  who use doses of x-rays and other ionising radiation to treat medical conditions, such as cancer and tumours.

A day in the life

Your responsibilities will include:

  • processing images
  • ordering stocks of consumable items
  • helping with procedures such as biopsies
  • making sure the working environment is clean and hygienic
  • preparing patients for treatment, including lifting patients
  • checking the equipment and report faults
  • inputting data



Your development

You will receive the training you need to work as a radiography assistant or imaging support worker. This includes:

  • an introduction to the department and its systems and procedures
  • using the equipment
  • health and safety

You may be able to study for the Certificate in Clinical Imaging Support (at level 2 or 3). You may also have the opportunity to do an apprenticeship.

Some radiography assistants and imaging support workers join the Society of Radiographers. The Society runs training events and conferences so radiography assistants and imaging support workers can update their skills and network with others doing similar work. 

For more information regarding joining our Radiography team, please submit a form through the ‘Contact us’ page or contact the Human Resources team, who are more than happy to help, on 02392 286577 or email