Jane is the Lead Radiographer working in the Breast imaging department.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, and a leading cause of death in women. Breast imaging is a subspecialty of diagnostic radiology. It involves a range of imaging procedures such as screening mammography.
Radiography is a brilliant, rewarding career. As a lead radiographer I’m part of the team helping to detect breast cancer via a low-dose X-ray before any symptoms are evident. This allows for early treatment and intervention.
Following a three-year degree in Diagnostic Radiography, I completed a two-year post graduate working in general radiography at Royal Bolton Hospital before specialising in breast imaging.
After a couple of years working as a mammographer, I applied for an Advanced Practitioner role. This involved a further two years of study and on the job training qualifying in image interpretation and later in interventional techniques (biopsy). After completing my masters dissertation, I applied for the post of Lead Radiographer at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and became involved in the management and clinical governance of the breast unit alongside the Breast Screening Programme Manager.
Keeping up to date with technology can be a challenge as things change all the time. But at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust we’re very lucky in that we’ve invested in the latest radiology systems and equipment, which I’m really honoured to use.
One of the best things about working for the Trust is that I’m part of team that’s professional but really friendly. Breast cancer is a disease that affects most of us in some way, we know someone who has or has had it. Being able to be a part of the amazing team at Bolton that screens over 30,000 women every year, diagnosing many cancers, gives me a great sense of pride. I enjoy carrying out the image interpretation and interventions, interacting with patients and looking after my amazing staff.
The one piece of advice for anyone considering a role with Bolton NHS Foundation Trust would be the wide variety of careers available. Royal Bolton Hospital is all one site unlike many other Trusts which gives people more of a sense of belonging.
Empathy plays a big part in my job. Everyone’s story is different and not all outcomes are the same. My role enables me to empathise and reassure patients and provide an accurate, efficient and caring service. I’m here to reassure and support patients at what can be a very anxious time.