Working as a Radiographer in Ireland

07 November 2022

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The 8th of November each year is World Radiography Day - celebrating the discovery of x-radiation by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895. In the world of Radiography, much has happened since then, and today this fascinating and fast-moving area of healthcare offers varied and highly rewarding career opportunities. We’re pleased to tell you that, as always, TTM Healthcare Solutions is at the forefront, offering you a wealth of permanent Radiographer jobs throughout Ireland…

As leading specialists in Healthcare Solutions and solely dedicated to the healthcare sector, we have built up long-standing, trusted relationships with our partners. As a result, our Allied Health Professional division led by Roisin Sheehan, offers Radiographer roles in private and public hospitals, clinics and facilities throughout Ireland and recruits across a variety of medical settings. We have jobs for all levels of Radiographers - whether you have recently graduated, are newly qualified or have years of experience.

What is the role of a Radiographer in Ireland?

Are you at the stage of considering a career in Radiography and need to know more? We can help…

A Radiographer is a medical professional who operates and uses technical machinery to provide images that are used by doctors for medical diagnoses. These machines include x-ray machines, CT scanners, ultra-sound and MRIs - as well as more advanced technologies such as digital fluoroscopy. Radiographers are experts at using these machines, operating them safely and effectively in the clinical environment - they know how to position the equipment to get high-quality pictures and how to interpret doctor’s orders for the tests.

Radiographers in Ireland work in different areas within a hospital. As a Diagnostic Radiographer you may work in accident and emergency departments. You might assist surgeons with complex procedures or collaborate with other medical staff on specific cases and problems.

Therapeutic Radiographers are those who assist with patients who are undergoing radiation treatment for cancer.

Why should I choose TTM?

“We listen to you and handle your worries and queries. We walk in your shoes. We’re truly invested in your career journey - and you’ll feel it.”

Roisin Sheehan, AHP Team Leader

Because we know how to ‘Power Your Potential’, and we’ve been doing it for candidates like you for two decades - personally, professionally and with a real love for helping you get exactly the job you’re looking for.

How do we do this? Well, firstly you’ll be allocated your own personal, dedicated consultant who will give you 24/7 on-call support.

Your consultant will take time to get to know you and what you want from a job and your career. It’s not about screening and checking - it’s about having real, open and honest conversations with you.

We also want to make it as easy as possible for you to work with us - so we’ll do everything from tailoring you CV to liaising directly with clients on your behalf. We’ll manage the interview process for you, take care of offer letters you receive and assist with any necessary documentation. If you are coming to Ireland from overseas, we will give you full support with your compliance, registration, VISA and paperwork.

What Radiographer jobs can TTM offer me?

At TTM, we offer jobs in all Radiography modalities including MRI, CT, PET CT/ Nuclear Medicine, Cath Lab, Interventional, PACS, General, Ultrasound/Sonography and Mammography.

What qualifications and registrations do I need to work as a Radiographer in Ireland?

To apply for a Radiographer job in Ireland you need a 4-year bachelor's degree in a related subject. This could be Radiology, Radiography or any other relevant medical subjects. You may need to do a year of work placement in a hospital or health clinic, and for certain Radiographer roles a postgraduate degree - PhD or a master's degree - may be required.

To work as a Radiographer in Ireland you must be registered with CORU (Health and Social Care Professionals Council).You can find out more here.

What specific skills make a good Radiographer?

You’ll need to have…

• Good communication skills and be comfortable to work with people of all ages and cultures;

• Excellent skills of observation;

• A high degree of emotional intelligence, so you can empathise with people in potentially challenging situations. Radiographers normally have a strong urge to help people;

• The ability to react with speed, think on your feet and work under pressure.

• Flexibility so you can adapt to different environments.

• An interest in staying up to date with modern technologies and be confident when using them.

Can I specialise as a Radiographer in Ireland?

Many Radiographers in Ireland choose to specialise in a specific medical area, which can help you build your career, grow your professional reputation and your salary. Some areas of specialisation include diagnostic radiography, mammography, MRI scanning and nuclear medicine.

What hours would I work?

You would work a full-time job comprising around 37 hours a week. Your work schedule would depend on whether you are a Diagnostic or Therapeutic Radiographer. For example, appointments with Therapeutic Radiologists are within the 8 am to 6 pm working day, so no night shifts. Alternatively, as Diagnostic Radiographers work in emergency rooms and trauma centres, shift work applies.

What can I earn as a Radiographer in Ireland?

Your salary will depend on your area of specialisation, your experience in the role, whether you choose to work in the public or private sector and in an urban or more rural area. Currently, the national average salary for a radiographer is €43,726.

I’m from overseas but thinking of moving to Ireland to work as a Radiographer. How can TTM help?

Keen to get a new job AND a new lifestyle? At TTM we’ve partnered with Europe’s leading provider of imaging services to offer CT Radiographers and MRI Radiographers the opportunity to move to Ireland to work. In addition to helping you find the Radiographer job that’s perfect for you, you can also be offered a Relocation Package which means you receive assistance with the direct costs, accommodation expenses and the kind of pastoral support that really makes a difference when you’re starting out in a new country.

Here's an example of what a Relocation Package might look like:

• €1,000 towards the cost of a work permit;

• A €2,000 tax-free relocation allowance paid on arrival;

• 2 week's accommodation to the value of €2,250;

• Support to assist you in settling into life in Ireland.

Learn more and apply to move to Ireland as a Radiographer here.

How can I stay ahead as a Radiographer in Ireland?

Continuous developments in the field, and major breakthroughs, means that Radiography is a fascinating, challenging and ever-evolving area of healthcare. That’s why it’s really important to keep up to date, by joining organisations such as the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy (IIRRT).
You will also need to keep up with your Continuous Professional Development (CPD). For more details click here.

Like to know more about the Radiographer jobs we have available in Ireland and how you can benefit - get in touch with Roisin Sheehan.