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There are real opportunities for services and service managers to use the advent of consultant posts to develop and deliver high quality, flexible, patient-oriented, and cost effective services. There is also scope for those within the profession who want to reach the top of clinical practice in both diagnostic and therapeutic radiography just as others aspire to the top in management, education and research roles within the profession. Some antagonists may make realising these opportunities difficult but excellent professional leadership and the provision of sound evidence will help overcome the obstacles.

To succeed in the long term, it is essential that consultant posts are identified to meet real service needs and that succession planning is factored in from the outset. Business plans and evaluation strategies are essential and must be robust. Equally, the importance of gathering and disseminating evidence of cost and quality effectiveness cannot be overstated. Consultant radiographers will challenge  boundaries and inspire the future.

The profession as a whole needs to demonstrate unambiguous support for those dedicated individuals who are prepared to invest the effort required to achieve recognition as consultant practitioners.

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