Diagnostic medical Sonography is becoming increasingly important in the application of modern medicine and trained sonographers play a vital role in today’s healthcare – particularly in the UK. According to NHS stats, over the last 10 years the overall number of hospital tests have increased by 39% representing an average growth of 3.3% per year.
Why are Sonographers in demand and what does this mean?
With advances in technology and science increasing at a faster rate than ever, demand for sonographers to use the technology to its optimum capacity is highly sought after. People are living longer resulting in more tests and ongoing care for emerging complications in older citizens and a growing population.
Public Sector Options
As the demand for tests goes up so does the need for sonographers, unfortunately with criticism on the public purse, vacancies to meet demand does not always increase. So what is the attraction to working in the NHS? Most sonographers we’ve spoken to agreed it’s the caring interaction with patients and people, NHS job security, the great pension scheme and passion for the NHS.
Private Sector Options
Working in tech, the medical technology industry needs sonographers to train people to use new equipment and demonstrate its full capability to medical staff. So why the private sector? Most sonographers agreed it meant no more shift or weekend work and more time to spend with friends and family. Stable hours and the opportunity for faster career development opportunities, promotion and earning potential was also a big lure.
So what vital skills make Sonographers and why are they so transferable?
Sonographer’s play a vital role as part of the medical team. Being detail oriented and sharing any potential concerns they may have while presenting findings is particularly important. From understanding the intricate details of the human anatomy to the specialised functions of ultrasound equipment, it’s important to ensure utmost accuracy.
Compassion and interpersonal skills:
Ultrasound technicians and medical sonographers meet a wide range of patients, by possessing genuine compassion and effective interpersonal skills by speaking calmly to patients/staff while doing demonstrations at Hospitals is key.
Technical skills and eye-hand co-ordination:
Out of all the medical imaging modalities ultrasound is one of the most operator dependent. By using electronics or other equipment easily and with excellent eye-hand co-ordination in everyday activities, there will be limited problems and techniques knowledge required.
The ability to display emotional stability, maturity, judgement and empathy for others is very important. The professionalism of Sonographers even of the most difficult of situations completely impresses me and is a great transferrable skill.
As a Medical Imaging Specialist, it’s lovely to see that sonographers are such a vital part of the UK and Europe’s medical profession and a credit to both the public and private sector! Sonographers are definitely in demand!
What are your thoughts on the increase in demand for sonographers in the NHS and medical technology sectors?
Where do you see a gap in the market for sonographers in future? I’d love to hear from you!
Catherine Campbell, Medical Imaging Specialist at Projectus Consulting.