Abbie Davies - Therapeutic Radiographer - University Hospital Bristol and Weston, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Center
Issued: Tue, 29 Sep 2020 00:00:00 BST
Tell us a fun fact about yourself
I love to read and travel, especially throughout Italy as I can speak the language. I also have an obsession with wearing dungarees in my spare time outside of work.
Tell us about your career journey so far
During my studies at Bristol UWE University I worked during the summer/christmas holidays as brain injury rehabilitation support worker (rsw). I qualified as a Therapeutic Radiographer in July 2019 and began my Radiotherapy career at the end of July 2019 once I received my HCPC registration.
What was your favourite subject in school and why?
My favourite subject at school was English Literature because of my love of reading and studying this subject at GCSE and A-level widened my knowledge and love of literature. I also gained extensive knowledge of how to critically analyse literature which helped during my academic studies throughout my degree.
What subjects/qualifications are useful for your role?
Science subjects would be beneficial, especially Biology and Physics. We use a lot of Maths but more mental arithmetic rather than complex problems.
What is a normal day in your role like?
In my day to day job I set patients up in the correct position for treatment using laser cross-wires and tattoo dots on the patient. I deliver the radiation treatment; talk to them about any problems they are having; give them advice about treatment side effects, and I work within a large multi-disciplinary team consisting of varied health care professionals! I work closely alongside clinical oncologists, registrars, dieticians, speech and language therapists, dosimetrists and medical physicists. We have to wear a radiation dose monitor which tells us how much dose we receive (almost nothing), so that we stay safe.
What is your favourite thing about your job?
Day-to-day I am able to build a rapport with each patient I treat; taking time to listen and learn about their lives and their cancer journey so far. This is important when building trust and confidence with patients, especially nervous and anxious patients who require you to go that extra mile to support them. Also being able to use my scientific knowledge every day within my role is something I really enjoy.
Can you suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work?
These are 3 objects, 2 are related to Radiotherapy but which is the odd one out?
The 3 objects are a linear accelerator machine, a metal ruler and blood pressure/patient monitoring system. The ruler and the linear accelerator machine are both required for radiotherapy, we do a lot of measurements on patients and use the machine to treat them.
The blood pressure machine isn’t necessary for our job role but might be used by nurses seeing our patients if they are unwell.
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