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The advanced practitioner category encompasses the considerable depth and breadth of radiographic practice.
Predominantly, advanced practice relates to expert clinical practice in association with one or more other functions:
- Team leadership;
- Service development.
At this level, practitioners have developed expert knowledge and skills in relation to the delivery of care in diagnostic imaging or radiotherapy and oncology in a wide range of care settings or environments.
For non-clinical fields of practice, the model is similar, supporting career development for radiography managers, researchers and academics. A key feature of an advanced practitioner is that they are enabled to develop innovative practice and to identify where service and quality improvements can be achieved.
The advanced practitioner will be an integral member of the radiography team, but will also interact with the relevant multidisciplinary teams to ensure delivery of high quality, effective care.
Non-clinical advanced practitioners
Advanced practitioners with research, management or academic roles will be expected to deliver efficient and effective services within their domains.
For more on the role of advanced practitioners, see the document Education and Professional Development: New Directions.