A day in the life


Sean Broadway - Assistant Practitioner

I have worked for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust for 29 years. I started when I was 17 as a porter in the kitchen at the General Sister Dora hospital. I then worked at Goscote hospital as a general porter before going back to the General hospital as one of their general porters.
We all transferred over to the Manor District General Hospital on December 9th 1989 where I continued to work as a porter in the A&E department for 16 years. So I have known lots of staff in the hospital for a good many years.

I had the opportunity to transfer to the Imaging department to change career and train to become a Clinical Support Worker. During my time in this role I completed an NVQ level 2 in Health and Social Care. Following on I was once again given the opportunity to change careers and train to be an Assistant Practitioner in Radiography at The Birmingham City University. I gained a Foundation Degree, Social Care in Radiography in 2010 and now work as an Assistant Practitioner within the Imaging department at the Manor.

I enjoy my work and the team that I work with. We all help and support each other and work well as a team especially when we have to adapt our techniques to get optimal images for every patient.

At present I have been given the chance to advance my scope of practice by doing further modules at University to further my career and job satisfaction.




Barry Stevens - Radiographer

I have been working at Walsall Manor Hospital since October 2011 after I graduated from the University of Cumbria in July 2011. In this time I have progressed from Band 5 through Band 6 and in to a Band 7 Reporting Radiographer post. In order to become a Reporting Radiographer I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Image Reporting at Birmingham City University, this was funded by the Trust. I am currently doing my MSc in Radiography in which I am investigating newly qualified radiographers’ perceptions of their abnormality detection abilities and the training they receive.
A normal day for me is 9:00am - 5pm and my workload is 80% for reporting time and 20% for clinical, audit, research and teaching. My reporting workload consists of all extremity, spine, facial and pelvis x-ray images from all referrer sources such as A&E, GP, Inpatients and Outpatients. I also provide CPD sessions for my colleagues on topics relating to our service, as well as image interpretation sessions for medical students within the hospital.

I recently had two articles published in Imaging & Therapy Practice, which is a monthly magazine, produced by the Radiographers Union, The Society & College of Radiographers. The magazine has a circulation of 23,000+ radiographers and reaches over 90% of practicing radiographers. The most recent article describes an alternative projection for assessing the patella bone, the knee cap. The other article is based on recognising and describing fractures of a bone in the wrist - the scaphoid bone.

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Laurence Skermer - Consultant Radiographer

I qualified as a Radiographer in 1984 from the Central Birmingham School of Radiography. I have worked in various roles within the profession, qualifying as an Advanced Practitioner in plain film reporting in 2004. I am now qualified to report on all plain film examinations, including Chest and Abdomen.

My role as Consultant Radiographer is to lead the plain film service, ensuring timely and accurate reporting of examinations and improving the quality of referrals and examinations; to implement and advise on patient pathways and be involved in education and training for staff both within and outside Radiology.

The Plain Film Reporting Team at Walsall Manor Hospital has been recognised for its contribution to the quality of the patient’s experience and the timeliness of reporting. This achievement is being built upon to ensure that the future of Radiographer Reporting at Walsall is rosy!


Please click here to view Barry's article online. His article, 'A Matter of Detection', was featured in the January 2013 edition of 'Imaging and Therapy Practice' and can be found on pages 23 - 28.