Coventry University is aiming to help address the NHS’s shortage of radiographers in the United Kingdom with the launch of new diagnostic radiography degree courses offering students a unique route into the profession. 

Research indicates that nine in 10 hospital patients will require radiography, yet the UK is facing a shortage of numbers in this vital profession with more than half of radiology leaders saying they need more diagnostic radiographers to keep patients safe.  

Coventry University is combining industry-standard, cutting-edge facilities with clinical and academic expertise to help produce the next generation of radiography professionals through a new healthcare program offering a range of learning opportunities. 

Students will be offered the opportunity to pursue careers and education within Diagnostic Radiography through either a three-year BSc (Hons) degree or a four-year integrated master’s (MSci) degree, with the final year studied at master’s level. The four-year MSci degree program will also give students the opportunity to further develop research skills and gain a Chartered Management Institute qualification with a focus on leadership. 

“I’m excited that Coventry University’s well-established School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health is now able to offer a route into Diagnostic Radiography,” says Adam Ryder, Coventry University’s Radiography program lead. With radiographic imaging in high demand, we’ve designed a unique course with the future of the radiography profession in mind, ensuring it will not only meet the needs of our students but also our local hospitals, communities, and the wider NHS. 

“Our program, alongside investment in medical imaging technology, will provide diagnostic radiographers qualifying through Coventry University with exceptional training and education, preparing them for the future of healthcare. We’re looking forward with great excitement to welcoming our first cohort of diagnostic radiography students.”

The university has invested in a purpose-built digital X-ray room, a mobile X-ray unit, an ultrasound unit, a DEXA bone density scanner with an image reporting hub, and more. 

Siemens Healthineers have worked closely with Coventry University to ensure the new facilities replicate a hospital environment to give students the best possible preparation for professional, clinical work. 

“We’re pleased to be supporting Coventry University in its work to help reduce the nation’s shortage of radiographers,” says Neil Lincoln, head of imaging sales for Siemens Healthineers GB. “The Ysio Max digital X-ray and the MOBILETT Elara Max mobile X-ray at Coventry are an ideal representation of equipment in hospitals across the UK. They offer a great platform for training, and experience on these systems will translate well for students as they take up clinical placements on X-ray, other imaging modalities, and later, as they begin their careers.” 

Learning will be further enhanced by the involvement of practitioners, service users, and caregivers in both the delivery and development of the program. Students will also have access to a variety of professional placements across the NHS and independent organizations and sectors.