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Radiographer - Therapeutic

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€32k > 51 
Radiation Therapist
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(thousands per year)*
€32 - 51 
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Last Updated: April, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Deliver doses of X-rays and other ionising radiation to patients, most of whom are suffering from various forms of cancer.


The Work header image

Therapeutic radiographers are increasingly known as radiotherapy radiographers. They work closely with doctors and nurses and other members of the oncology team to treat patients with cancer.

They deliver doses of X-rays and other ionising radiation to patients, most of whom are suffering from various forms of cancer. The aim of the treatment is to deliver an accurate dose of radiation to the tumour/cancer whilst minimising the dose received by the surrounding tissues.

They establish where the area to be treated is located and work out the exact dosage required with doctors and medical physicists. Radiotherapy radiographers may be involved in the care of the cancer patient from the initial referral clinic stage, where pre-treatment information is given, through the planning process, treatment and eventually post-treatment review (follow-up) stages.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Position patients for treatment with accuracy, according to prescription.

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Administer prescribed doses of radiation to specific body parts, using radiation therapy equipment according to established practices and standards.

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Follow principles of radiation protection for patient, self, and others.

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Review prescription, diagnosis, patient chart, and identification.

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Conduct most treatment sessions independently, in accordance with the long-term treatment plan and under the general direction of the patient's physician.

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Enter data into computer and set controls to operate or adjust equipment or regulate dosage.

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Check radiation therapy equipment to ensure proper operation.

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Observe and reassure patients during treatment and report unusual reactions to physician or turn equipment off if unexpected adverse reactions occur.

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Educate, prepare, and reassure patients and their families by answering questions, providing physical assistance, and reinforcing physicians' advice regarding treatment reactions or post-treatment care.

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Maintain records, reports, or files as required, including such information as radiation dosages, equipment settings, or patients' reactions.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Controlling Machines and Processes:  Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).

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Assisting and Caring for Others:  Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:  Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Performing for or Working Directly with the Public:  Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Handling and Moving Objects:  Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:  Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Medicine and Dentistry:  Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Physics:  Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Social Perceptiveness:   Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Operation and Control:   Controlling operations of equipment or systems.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Quality Control Analysis:   Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Operation Monitoring:   Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must be able to relate to and communicate with patients of all ages and backgrounds. As you will treat patients on a regular basis, you need to be caring and supportive. A calm and methodical approach is necessary.  
 
You need to be able to work as part of a team; you will be planning treatment in liaison with other medical staff. Interest and ability in science are important.  
 
Radiotherapy can be both physically and mentally demanding and is not a career that is suitable for a person with certain disabilities


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A detailed description of this occupation can be found on a number of online databases. Follow the link(s) below to access this information:

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Go..Radiographer - from:  N.C.S. [UK]
Go..Radiographer - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Radiographer - from:  icould [UK] Video
Go..Radiographer, therapeutic - from:  GradIreland
Go..Radiography Assistant - from:  N.C.S. [UK]

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Organisation: Public Appointments Service
  Address: Chapter House, 26/30 Abbey Street Upper, Dublin 1
  Tel: (01) 858 7400 or Locall: 1890 44 9999
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Organisation: Health Service Executive (HSE)
  Address: Dr Steevens' Hospital, Steevens Lane, Dublin, 8
  Tel: 01 635 2000
  Email: Click here
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Organisation: Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (IIRRT)
  Address: 28 Milbrook Court, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
  Tel: (01) 679 4343
  Email: Click here
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