Gavin is a first class radiographer with winning appeal

Published: 14 November 2008 at 11:35

Hard work and determination wins Gavin a prize and a first class degree in radiography and increases his chances of working abroad.

Gavin Cain, who is 28 and from Colchester, has just graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a first class honours degree and a University prize for the hard work and determination he put into his recent degree studies.

His efforts saw him receive a BSc (Hons) in Radiography and Anglia Ruskin University’s Faculty of Health and Social Care prize for his achievement within both academic and clinical work. He collected both awards at a recent ceremony at the Corn Exchange, Cambridge.

Talking about his experience of higher education study and working within the healthcare sector, he said:

“I became interested in diagnostic radiography while working in orthopaedic theatres as a health care assistant (HCA). Although I enjoyed working as a HCA my position had limitations in terms of scope of practice and career progression. I felt I had more to offer clinically and academically. Pursuing a career in radiography was ideal. I could combine my interest in the sciences such as, anatomy, physiology and physics with direct patient contact and working as part of a professional team.”

“Working as a radiographer at my local hospital is extremely rewarding. I am in a position where the examinations I undertake will alter the clinical management or help in the diagnosis of many patients. Further, I get to perform some of these examinations using the very latest technology.”

“Graduating as a diagnostic radiographer is a passport for career progression in a wide range of specialisms. For instance, several of my colleagues have successfully undertaken radiographer reporting courses.  I have always enjoyed image interpretation during my training and would be very interested in such role extension in the future.  In addition to the many varied career pathways is the opportunity to travel abroad.  Most foreign countries recruit from the UK.  To have the option to practice abroad was a great incentive to become a radiographer.”

“I am extremely proud to have graduated as a radiographer. I would like to thank the team at Anglia Ruskin University for all their help and support during my training.  My thanks also go to the radiographers at Colchester General Hospital who I have worked with and learned from over the years.”

Anglia Ruskin University has recently been rated ‘excellent’ for radiography studies within a ranking in the Sunday Times.