Becoming a student assessor


Having attended training last December in order to equip me with the necessary knowledge to become one, I am now a fully-fledged student assessor, having carried out 3 student assessments to date!


In July I will have been qualified 5 years, but pretty much everyday I come out with “every day’s a school day” at some point! Becoming a student assessor was something I was asked to do after being qualified about 18 months or so, but declined the opportunity as I didn’t feel I had enough experience. The thought of being responsible for assessing other students when I still felt like one myself, to be quite honest scared the hell out of me! As it happened, I then decided to pursue the academic side of things and enrolled on a postgrad course which lasted a couple of years, so pretty much all my attention and efforts were focussed on carrying out my studies.

I completed my postgraduate diploma in healthcare, ethics and law from the University of Manchester in the summer of 2016 and so when the opportunity arose again to become a student assessor I felt it was probably about time I took the plunge! The course was really interesting, covering areas such as equality & diversity, the structure of the assessments and the importance of good quality feedback.

Becoming a student assessor has also brought to my attention how much knowledge, learned during the 3 years of my degree, has now either been erased from my memory or just become buried underneath the general niff naff and trivia of daily life. So, as well as having to read learn and inwardly digest (as a former schoolmaster of mine used to say) the content of the student assessments, I find myself having to get reacquainted with some of the basics of radiography, from centering points to exposure factors and many things in-between! It’s amazing how much you just take for granted once you’ve qualified, a bit like passing your driving test. However, also like passing your driving test, that is when your start to learn. Qualifying, and getting the bit of paper that says you are now able to irradiate people is just the start of an ongoing process, which we refer to as CPD or continuing professional development. If i’m honest, like a number of my friends and colleagues, I do CPD all the time, but not in the formal way required for HCPC purposes. I guess *I* tend to think of CPD as doing things to enhance my radiographic knowledge as well as keeping up-to-date with the latest techniques/equipment etc. What I am finding, having become a student assessor, is that CPD *should* also include giving regular attention to the basics, not just learning new facts, but re-visiting the knowledge base I was given during the course of my degree.

OK, so i’ve only completed 3 student assessments to date, and am a newbie to the whole process, but it really has been an eye-opener. Not only am I having to go back to my textbooks in some cases, but I’m also having to get used to the huge responsibility of ensuring that the current intake of students are learning what they need to in order to go on and to become the qualified radiographers of the future.

No pressure then!

P.S. To all you students out there, spare a thought for your assessor in future, as like me, they may be new to the process and just as nervous as you are!





That’s where it all started, marking the beginning of #SignLanguageWeek 2017. For those of you that don’t already know, I started to learn sign language towards the end of last year, and since the start of this year have been uploading a weekly video of my efforts using the hashtag #SigningSaturday (no prizes are awarded for those who can work out when I upload them!)

I decided that for #SignLanguageWeek I would compile a list of the most commonly used phrases when I get a patient in to the X-ray room. I then used signing books I recently bought along with online material to try and come up with some signing versions of these common phrases and produced my #Top10Signs4Radiographers.

The rest of the videos (13 in total!) are available via my YouTube channel:

Why not check it out, have a go yourself and drop me a line telling me how you got on?!

As well as my regular #SigningSaturday uploads, I will be posting more radiography-related material in the future, so if you have any suggestions or requests then please feel free to get in touch!

Until the next time…


#SigningSaturday 11-03-17


Again this week I’ve posted a few videos, but here’s this week’s –

#SigningSaturday and #time for #breakfast #croissants #butter & #jam #coffee #GetTheNationSigning it’s #Fun2Sign! 👍 @SCoRMembers @WeAHPs

However, it a sometimes requires more than one take…😂

Also this week I created a new Twitter handle – @Fun2Sign – in order to help me learn sign language and to share other peoples Twitter offerings!

I posted a video earlier in the week, signing the question “What’s your name?” I subsequently posted a revised video with a grammatically correct version after learning I was doing it wrong!

That’s the lot for this week!

Have a go yourself and help #GetTheNationSigning!

It’s #Fun2Sign! 👍

#SigningSaturday 04-03-17

This week it’s actually 4 for the price 1 as I couldn’t stop signing!

It’s #SigningSaturday! 👍 I hope this is helping to #GetTheNationSigning #Fun2Sign #saturday #manchester #train #friends @SCoRMembers @WeAHPs

I promise this won’t become a daily sign! So much I want to sign! #Friday #gym #Fun2Sign Help #GetTheNationSigning? @SCoRMembers @WeAHPs


I couldn’t resist! Another excuse to practice & hopefully help #GetTheNationSigning! 👍 #Today #March @SCoRMembers @WeAHPs


And for Pancake Day…💖💖💖💖love this who else will join in #getthenationsigning


Go on, have a go! It’s #Fun2Sign! 👍