What Qualifications are Needed to be a Radiographer in the UK?

April 1, 2022
What Qualifications are Needed to be a Radiographer in the UK?

Radiography is a very innovative and interesting aspect of healthcare. Diagnostic radiographers use advanced technology to look inside patients’ bodies and understand their illnesses and consult on treatment plans. Find out more about the profession here.

Are you considering a career in radiography? If so, here are some commonly asked questions that should help you on your way to understanding this important role in more detail.

I’ve always wanted to become a diagnostic radiographer –what do I need to do?

As a radiographer, you’ll typically be based in a hospital and will work with NHS colleagues to design treatment programmes, and support patients throughout their treatment.

To become a radiographer in the UK, first you must successfully complete an approved programme in diagnostic radiography in either here, or your native country. Typical degree courses can take up to four years full time or six years part time. Each university sets it own entry requirements, so it’s important to check with them directly. It’s a good idea to spend time with a radiography team to gain some real-job experience – this will let you know what the role is really like and if it’s right for you.

I’m overseas and am already a qualified radiographer –are there any additional qualifications I need to do to work as a radiographer in the UK?

To practice as a radiographer in the UK, you must have the necessary degree and be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). If you’re overseas, your radiography qualifications will need to be certified by UK NARIC – a visa and nationality service – to show that they are equivalent to British standard qualifications.

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