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What do consultant radiographers offer?

The role of the consultant practitioner may vary considerably depending on the specific service need and the associated clinical requirements. However, all will:

  • be experts in their fields of clinical practice
  • demonstrate professional leadership skills
  • take part in service development, research and evaluation
  • collaborate, modernise and manage change in practice
  • enhance quality of patient care
  • design and develop patient centred protocols and integrate imaging into care pathways
  • have a high degree of professional autonomy
  • show ethical decision-making skills
  • performance-manage themselves and others
  • engage in workforce development
  • be involved in education and training
  • develop themselves and others to a high degree.

Nixon ( 2001) identified that ‘Radiography has been considered by some to be semi-professional since much of its knowledge base was built on research undertaken by medical practitioners and physicists, rather than by radiographers’(7). This underlines the requirement for support and implementation of high quality research, and this is now being undertaken by consultant radiographers. Much of this research results in improving the patient experience and impacts on service delivery and the improvement of patient outcomes and experience.

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