Emma Lawson, Diagnostic Radiography - College of Health and Social Care - University of Derby

Emma Lawson, BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography 2014

What are you doing now?

I started work at the Royal Derby Hospital a year ago, as soon as I gained registration after qualifying. I work as a Diagnostic Radiographer in a busy 'superhospital' providing essential plain imaging services. Patients have varying needs so I have to quickly assess the patient in order to produce a high quality, diagnostic image. I also work closely with the theatre team by providing imaging services. This is often very challenging and requires me to work in stressful situations but these challenges makes theatre one of the most enjoyable aspects of my job.

It's been an exciting and challenging year using and building on the skills I learned in University. Being able to work autonomously has helped to build my confidence in my own abilities and to develop myself into a competent, confident healthcare professional. 

What were the main reasons you took that course?

I decided to go to university to become a Radiographer after working in the Imaging department in another role. I found Radiography to be extremely interesting and I was aware of the national shortage of Radiographers, so there was likely to be a job available locally once I qualified.

Why did you choose to study the course at the University of Derby?

I live near Derby so the University was very convenient for me. I also knew from speaking to the students in the department that the lecturers were very supportive and the course offered a lot of time on placement.

What impact has studying this course at Derby had on your career?

In order to work as a Radiographer in the UK you need a BSc Hons Diagnostic Radiography, so the course was essential for me to pursue a career in Radiography. As well as giving me the qualification and knowledge to be able to practice, the course also helped me to develop my confidence and become a professional.

How did the lecturers inspire you?

The lecturers at Derby were all brilliantly supportive and encouraging. This support was a life saver at times, especially when writing my dissertation and during any difficult times. All of the lecturers have had long and successful careers in Radiography and were passionate about the profession.

How do you feel the University has helped you in your career so far?

The course offers roughly 50% placement throughout the three years. This gives you the opportunity to rotate through the various modalties which can help give you an idea of which specialist area you would like to focus on in the future.

What are your future plans?

At the minute I am just enjoying being a qualified Radiographer and getting used to being responsible for my own actions and delivering care most effectively to patients. I plan to build on my skills, knowledge and confidence and would like to one day return to the University to become a lecturer myself. The lecturers at Derby University were such brilliant role models and advocates of Radiography that I would feel privileged to give something back to the profession in the same way they did and to help support the next generation of Radiographers!

What would you say to anyone thinking of coming to study this course at the University of Derby?

I could not recommend this course enough. Studying Diagnostic Radiography at the University of Derby will give you all the skills necessary to become a Radiographer and the friendly and supportive staff will help you every step of the way.

"The course helped me to become a professional" Emma Lawson