Radiography and Occupational Therapy
Radiography and Imaging combines science, technology and patient care to provide a vital role in patient diagnosis and treatment. Radiographers use a range of different imaging techniques and sophisticated technology to produce high quality images to aid diagnosis for injury or disease as part of the multi-professional healthcare team. The career structure provides opportunities for radiographers to specialise into many areas including ultrasound, CT/ RI scanning, image reporting, teaching and management. You will be able to further your career and work in a number of different settings, for example, children's hospitals, casualty departments or hospitals dedicated to heart problems. You could become an advanced or consultant practitioner.
Occupational therapy is a rewarding and varied profession. At its core is a concern with how occupation, or the things that people need and want to do, influence health and wellbeing. This can be at an individual or societal level. Occupational therapists are committed to working alongside vulnerable and marginalised people and communities, to empower them to achieve health and well-being through meaningful occupations. The course at Salford is firmly committed to occupational therapy’s key values. This includes a recognition that occupational therapy is occupation focused, evidence based and client centered, with service users at the heart of teaching, research and practice.
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Our radiography and imaging students have use of a CT scanner and x-ray rooms, all of which are the same standard as those in a clinical ward. Students also have access to digital mammography viewers, mobile fluoroscopy, a suite of dedicated ultrasound units and an Agfa Computed Radiography facility.
We have recently invested in a new Activities of Daily Living (ADL) simulation suite, which enables our students to put into practice the skills they learn whilst studying occupational therapy at the University. The suite consists of a lookalike living area complete with furnishings, and a range of equipment which facilitates independence. The suite also has a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom, all of which contain several trip hazards that put many people at risk in their own homes.
Salford is a great city in its own right, with a rich cultural and social scene. Having lived here for over ten years, the University of Salford was my first choice for studying. Salford saw me as a person and not just a collection of grades and certificates. The admissions team were open, honest and responded to all my queries. The radiography facilities are excellent and frequently updated to replicate clinical practice. This allows you to practice techniques in a low pressure environment to increase your confidence before your hospital placements. Throughout the three years the health courses engage in multidisciplinary team learning, giving great insight into your and others roles as practitioners in the healthcare framework. The biggest highlight for me has been seeing my first paper published in a peer reviewed journal. Through a programme organised by the radiography faculty I was offered the chance to work in a multi-cultural research group. As someone with dyslexia, I found the rewards of successfully writing a paper authored by students for five different European countries greatly rewarding. I have since gone on to publish further work and present some of it at National and European Congress. Charlie Everton, BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography graduate
I just want to say thank you for providing such an amazing placement with Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, I have enjoyed every minute and have learned so much. Thanks again for having such an important placement as part of the role emerging. The information and knowledge we have taken from this will change our practice. Gillian Cooke, Occupational Therapy student
As a British Occupational Therapist (OT) working in New Zealand I wanted to do a Masters that not only helped my professional development but connected me with OT back in the UK and around the world. The fact that it was a distance learning course meant that I had the flexibility to do it anywhere in the world and the negotiated assessments meant that my assignments were completely tailored and relevant to my work setting at the time. Ros Barham, MSc Advanced Occupational Therapy
The teaching and support on the barium swallow course was great. I found the whole course was excellent and I have learned a great deal. We are going to further expand the Radiographer-led barium swallow service in Cardiff, so two of my colleagues would like to apply for the course. Matt McCarthy Radiographer - University Hospital of Wales