"Mammography is an inspiring and rewarding career and the future for radiographers in this area is very bright!"

What have our graduates done next?

Chelsey Francis, BSc Medical Imaging graduate

"I graduated from the University of Exeter in 2013 and left with a job as a general radiographer at Poole Hospital Trust. I spent the first fourteen months rotating through general, A and E, theatres, CT and fluoroscopy.

"I began to think about where I would like to specialise and knew I found mammography very interesting, and liked spending a bit more time with patients. I moved to the Mermaid Centre in 2014 and began my career as a mammographer.

"I completed my first module of my masters degree in 2015 and became a band six. In my full-time working week I am usually on the screening van twice which involves imaging nearly sixty women a day with another colleague.

"In department we image various different clinics, assist consultants in ultrasound, core biopsies (vacuum-assisted, MRI, stereotactic or ultrasound), cyst aspirations, and help to localise lesions prior to surgery.

"I also assist consultants and advanced practitioners weekly for research cases. Other responsibilities include daily quality assurance tests, opening and closing of the van, maintenance and reporting faults.

"Throughout the last three years I have acted as a mentor to students and newly qualified staff. I have written and presented my own lectures at the University of Exeter. I conduct yearly appraisals for staff, provide CPD activities and am regularly made a shift co-ordinator. I had my CPD folder audited by the HCPC this year and thankfully it passed!

"I am currently working on my second module in film reading, and will become an advanced practitioner and band seven in September 2017.

"Mammography is an inspiring and rewarding career and the future for radiographers in this area is very bright!"