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Beatrice McCabe

BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography, Class of 2020


Beatrice McCabe

Beatrice McCabe from Lowestoft graduated with a BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography. Beatrice works at the James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston. As part of her degree Beatrice went to Coimbra in Portugal on an Erasmus exchange programme. 
“Having the chance to take the skills I had learnt aboard to Portugal was a highlight for me. Over the three years of my degree, I had various opportunities and the chance to meet a range of people. Every week there was a new challenge and new skills to learn.” 
Like many in her cohort, Beatrice was placed on the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) temporary register due to the pandemic, this enabled her to join the workforce before she had received her final qualifications.  

“It was like an overnight transition from student to professional, which was quite daunting, but my colleagues were all very helpful and being thrown in at the deep end helped me to hone my skills quickly.  I did numerous X-Rays and scans on COVID-19 patients, learning the proper technique to 'don and doff' the PPE and having to wear it for long stretches was a challenge.” 

I worked in assistant roles within the NHS before I decided on my chosen career.  I never considered myself to be very academic so when I achieved a first on my dissertation, I was so happy, and I am now reworking it with the help of my supervisor to publish it within a radiography journal. I am currently undertaking in-house training to be a specialised CT and MRI Diagnostic Radiographer.  My advice to anyone considering this as a career is to try to spend some time in a Radiology Department to discover the broad range of modalities and career opportunities – it doesn’t stop at X-Rays!”   

“My lasting memory will be the friendships I formed on the course; you spend a lot of time with the other students at your placement site and we all helped each other a lot.  I will also miss the lecturers; they are so supportive and enthusiastic about their subjects!  There is something for everyone on this course, if you are looking for a career that involves providing patient care, learning anatomy, and using state of the art technology then this is the ideal career.”