Radiography Support Assistant


£21,803 to £22,254 Per Annum



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Institute of Translational Medicine Imaging Centre 

Cobalt is an innovative and dynamic medical imaging charity delivering diagnostic imaging services across the country through dedicated imaging centres in Cheltenham and Birmingham and a fleet of mobile MRI and CT scanners. Scanning over 130,000 patients each year, the Charity invests in the very latest imaging technology to support the NHS.

The Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM) Imaging Centre is based on the campus of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The Centre was established in 2016 to support research generated by the University of Birmingham and University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. 

This is a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic, motivated individual with varied experience to work in a cutting-edge research and clinical environment.

I CARE – our values - our culture - our purpose

Patient care is at the heart of all we do. We carefully select people who can show us how they share these same values and can contribute to a culture of respect, diversity, vision and a commitment to continuous learning and development.

Job purpose

To work as part of the team within the ITM imaging centre, to include clerical, technical and caring duties as allocated under the direction and supervision of the radiographers or superintendent in charge.

To provide support for patients and research volunteers.

You will have excellent communication and interpersonal skills. You will enjoy being part of a multidisciplinary team and working collaboratively. You will have a meticulous approach to accuracy and detail and able to maintain strict confidentiality.

The Imaging Centre is operational 7 days a week. Both full-time (37.5 hours per week) and part-time applications will be considered across the seven days.

Key role responsibilities

  • Booking Clinical and Research appointments as well as answering patient queries.
  • Provide physical and emotional support to patients throughout their attendance on the mobile units.
  • Support, welcome and assist friends and relatives accompanying patients to the department.
  • Provide information to patients about their examination and any follow up where necessary.
  • To help patients prepare for an examination including undressing, reassurance and explanation.
  • Conducting safety screening checks with patients prior to examination to ensure their suitability for MRI examinations and to ensure that any contraindications are brought to the immediate attention of the supervising radiographer or line manager.
  • Support the radiographers with the positioning of patients on the scanners and set up of equipment under the supervision of radiographers, operating safely in accordance with all health and safety policies.
  • Data entry using radiology administration systems, data sharing and image transfer using Picture Archive (PACs), Image Exchange Portal (IEP) and other associated information systems ensuring accurate, legible, comprehensive medical records are maintained.
  • To ensure a clean, safe and appropriate environment that facilitates the prevention and control of infections in compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Remove IV cannulas in accordance with departmental procedures and policy and infection control practice.

Required skills and qualifications

  • Minimum of five GCSEs (Grades A-C), or equivalent, to include English language, Maths and a Science subject.
  • Proven experience in healthcare and patient focussed services.
  • Experience working with unwell patients and assistance with their personal care.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Help others in the team achieve their objectives and deliver safe, effective care.
  • Ability to use IT systems to a high level, gather data, compile complex information and prepare reports.
  • Ability to develop, plan and implement goals.
  • Ability to prioritise workloads.

Benefits and rewards

  • £21,803 to £22,254pa dependent on skills and experience.
  • Company salary sacrifice pension scheme.
  • 27 days holiday plus public holidays rising with service.
  • Life assurance cover at 4 x annual salary.
  • Support for professional and personal wellbeing.
  • Comfortable modern working environment.
  • Employee benefits programme.
  • Complementary healthcare scheme.
  • Service recognition.

Full job description 

Closing date

Friday 29th December.

For an informal conversation or to find out more before making an application contact: 

Karen Hackling-Searle, Head of MRI.

Tel: 01242 535925 Email:

Please be aware that Cobalt is not able to sponsor non-EU/EEA Tier 2 applications.

To apply, please download our application form from the menu on the right and upload it along with your CV.