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From Italy to the UK – a radiographers experience

Are you interested in relocating to the UK, but are worried about the daunting prospect? Our permanent and international team are on hand to find you your perfect role, as well help alleviate any concerns you may have.

Meet Pierluigi and find out how he’s finding living and working in the UK.


Why were you interested in moving to the UK?

Job opportunities for newly qualified Radiographers in Italy is very poor, I’ve always wanted to obtain international job experience to test my skills and learn another language, so moving to the UK was appealing

How are you finding living in the UK so far?

I’m enjoying living here – I’ve made a lot of friends and I really like my workplace and the staff.

What do you love most about living in the UK?

The things I like here is the respect given from patients and NHS staff.

Can you tell us what your typical working day is like?

I work 10 hour shifts over four days, plus some overtime. Working in cross sectional radiography over the weekend is hard sometimes due to emergencies, but it’s very satisfying as you can learn a lot. There is always something new happening every day here, so there isn’t any time to get bored.

Is living in the UK different than you thought it would be? If so, how?

I didn’t know what to expect of life here in the UK, other than the initial language difficulties. I haven’t found it too different from Italy – apart from maybe the differences in lunch and dinner times.

What advice would you give to another healthcare professional looking to relocate to the UK?

If you’re interested in coming the UK I would say don’t waste any time, just come! There are lots of opportunities to grow as a healthcare professional.

How would you rate the support you have received from your recruitment consultant at Athona?

I’ve received a lot of support from my recruitment consultant, she has been very kind and helpful especially with paperwork. Without her I might have never started work in the UK.


If you’re interested in working in the UK, get in touch with our dedicated team and hear about the exciting opportunities we have waiting for you.

T: +44 (0)1277 217777

E: international@athona.com



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