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Celebrating the work of Diagnostic Radiography Apprentices

4 February 2021

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Celebrating the work of Diagnostic Radiography Apprentices

National Apprenticeship Week 2021 celebrates how apprentices are building the future. In light of this, we are putting the spotlight on our Diagnostic Radiography Degree Apprentices and the fantastic work they are doing, particularly during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Managers and workplace mentors have shared their stories of how apprentices have stepped up whilst keeping on top of their online workshops and seminars.

Diagnostic Radiography Apprentice, Oluwole Adeyiga

During the pandemic our apprentices were able to continue their training whist joining forces with the radiographers to help support the trust in the fight against Covid-19.

Emily McElwaine, Radiography Manager, Somerset & Taunton NHS Foundation Trust

The Level 6 Diagnostic Radiography apprenticeship programme offers an alternative entry route into the profession to a diverse range of learners whilst allowing those already working in the field to up-skill.

The University of Exeter has offered a BSc (Hons) in Medical Imaging degree programme since 2004. The apprenticeship route into radiography builds on the success of this existing programme teaching strong clinical skills and supporting work-based learning.

By teaching a hands-on subject with real-life examples and scenarios to problem-solve, apprentices can fully focus on the practical aspects of implementing academic learning in an environment far removed from the classroom such as when caring for patients and dealing with equipment and hospital protocols.


“It is clear that the University of Exeter is extremely knowledgeable and experienced, and a great source of information. They are there with you every step of the way.”

Deborah, Radiology Educational Lead PGH and Accredited Advanced Practitioner at the NHS



We recently heard from Radiography apprentice Oluwole (pictured above) who works at Barking Havering & Redbridge NHS Trust about his recent experiences on the programme:

“Firstly, I am really indebted to this scheme and appreciate that the programme can continue, despite the pandemic, as it’s so beneficial.

Secondly, the university mentors and workplace mentors have been fabulous in their methods of delivery despite the pandemic and the little time they all have had to adjust to IT.  They have been so supportive and prompt with replies to emails and forums.”

Dr Christine Heales, Senior Lecturer: Medical Imaging is Programme Director for the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography and Imaging Degree Apprenticeship added:

“It is particularly rewarding seeing people who, for a variety of reasons, couldn’t have studied a conventional degree now being able to embark on a route into the profession of radiography. I’m also very proud of how motivated our apprentices are, and that they’ve continued learning in the workplace throughout this pandemic.”



For more information please contact:

If you are interested in Diagnostic Radiographer Apprenticeships with the NHS please visit their website.

Degree Apprenticeships are managed at the University of Exeter by Innovation, Impact and Business. If you are an employer paying an apprenticeship levy or interested to learn more about co-investment, please view our full range of apprenticeships.



Dr Christine Heales
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