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3. Course Outline

There are two components to the course of study:

  1. theoretical element; mainly theory with some practice of skills using commercial arm/leg models
  2. practice-based learning under the guidance of a named supervisor to include a record of clinical experience.

The learner should normally successfully complete the practice based learning within six months of attendance at a course before being awarded the certificate of competence.

The named supervisor should be agreed locally as someone appropriate to guide and assess competencies. The course provider must liaise with the supervisor and provide guidelines to help him/her in this task. These guidelines must take account of any local policies.

The course provider must be satisfied that the aims and objectives of the course have been met. The theoretical element must be assessed and clinical competence assured by the named supervisor. Although the mode of assessment is at the discretion of the course provider, the College of Radiographers needs to be satisfied that the course provider has ensured that  successful candidates have a full and thorough knowledge and understanding of the theory underpinning the clinical procedure and that the practical skills have been acquired.

Under certain circumstances, the course provider may deem it desirable to grant exemption from parts of the course or to add module(s) dependent on the clinical need. The College of Radiographers welcomes such flexibility as long as the standard achieved is of the highest level and patient safety is assured.

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