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10.8 Case Study 6 Samantha Bostock

Role of Lead Review Radiographer and Lead for Patient Care

Career Path: 

DCR qualified in 1995
Senior II - 1998
Double M-level module in Radiographer-led review clinics (distinction) - 2000. Leading to the review radiographer role and its progression.
Senior I - 2000
MSc (student design award) - MSc in Radiotherapy Practice (distinction) – modules include: Advanced History Taking and Assessment (double module), Dissertation (triple) – ‘The Effect of Individual Personal Information on Reducing Anxiety in Radiotherapy Patients’ (distinction) - 2004
Superintendent III - 2004 
Advanced Communication Skills - 2007 (Maguire)

Case Presentation:

Departmental organisation:
Service manager

Deputy

Band 7 Superintendents with specific lead areas (me)

Band 6/5/4 radiographers/AHPs

I am lead for the radiographer-led review service - a team of qualified review radiographers review all diagnoses of patients receiving radiotherapy. 

I am lead for patient care including information provision, management of side effects and link to other AHPs. I lead in the use of PGDs.

I also maintain a clinical presence by working clinically. 

Service is delivered differently in that prior to my qualification as a review radiographer all patients were reviewed by either a staff grade doctor or their consultant oncologist. 

Future Plans:

Service progression - the provision of radiographer-led pre-radiotherapy appointments/clinics and follow-up clinics, telephone follow-ups, development of a community liaison practitioner post 

Opening of satellite centre to include provision of patient care/info/support.

Conclusion:

I enjoy my role as it is wide ranging and varied - maintaining clinical skills whilst carrying out an advanced role in patient care/review. I gain a lot of job satisfaction from my close work with patients and also work closely with radiographer colleagues, consultants, AHPs and nurses. I believe that there is potential for further role development and opportunities. 

Samantha Bostock.

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