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11.2. Links and Resources for Consultants

Introduction

SCoR has defined a consultant practitioner as ‘a champion in the clinical, academic or research field bringing innovative solutions to patient care. Their role is one that defines professional development and influences at a strategic level. As such, consultant practitioners play a pivotal role in the integration of clinical, education and research findings in practice. The consultant practitioner is able to initiate clinical service developments and deliver improved patient outcomes through the implementation of the findings of:

  • clinical research
  • clinical audit
  • clinical governance
  • clinical risk assessment’

Education and Professional Development Strategy: New Directions, SCoR (2010)

Consultant practitioners work in diverse areas of professional practice and achieving the outcomes for consultant practice will depend on where and how you are working. You will need to identify your personal and professional development needs as appropriate. The resources and links on this page may be useful. 

SCoR links:

Website page for Consultants 
https://www.sor.org/career-progression/consultants

Consultant radiographer group
The purpose of this SCoR group is to provide leadership in the development of and support for the Consultant Radiographer role
https://www.sor.org/career-progression/consultants/consultant-radiographer-group

Policy and Guidance Document Library
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library contains a variety of documents, the most relevant of which are:

Developing the Business Case for Consultant Radiographers (2003).
https://www.sor.org//learning/document-library/developing-business-case-consultant-radiographers

Education and Professional Development Strategy: New Directions
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/education-and-professional-development-strategy-new-directions/consultant-practitioner

Code of Conduct and Ethics
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/code-conduct-and-ethics

The Scope of Practice 2009
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/scope-practice-2009

Clinical Supervision Framework
http://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/listtitles/title/supervision?sort_by=field_date_published_value&title=clinical+supervision+framework&taxonomy_topics_tid=All&field_archive_value=0&=Apply

An evaluation of the impact of implementation of consultant practitioners in clinical imaging
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/evaluation-impact-implementation-consultant-practitioners-clinical-imaging

Consultant Radiographers: Succession Planning
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/consultant-radiographers-succession-planning

Education and training opportunities:

It is expected that consultant practitioners will be educated to Masters level as a minimum and should be working towards doctoral qualifications. Many Universities offer professional doctorates as well as traditional PhD routes and information about these can be found on their websites.

Post-registration courses
https://www.sor.org/learning/post-registration-courses

Short courses and study days
https://www.sor.org/short-courses-study-days

CPD Now
https://www.sor.org/learning/cpd/cpd-now

e-learning including CORe-learning and  e-learning for healthcare
https://www.sor.org/learning/e-learning

Consultant practice specialisms:

The publications on the Policy and Guidance document library are tagged according to their content and consultants in specialist clinical areas can find relevant documents by selecting the appropriate topic on the search tool. Topics include mammography, nuclear medicine, radiation protection, reporting and ultrasound.

For example, click here to access a list of ultrasound related documents in the policy and guidance document library https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library?sort_by=field_date_published_value&title=&taxonomy_topics_tid=550&field_archive_value=0

If you are an independent practitioner, see Professional Standards for Independent Practitioners. https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/professional-standards-independent-practitioners

Information on clinical specialisms can be found on the following website : https://www.sor.org/practice 
Pages exist for radiotherapy, x-ray, radiation protection, ultrasound, cross-sectional imaging, nuclear medicine and reporting. Hot topics include clinical specialisms that are currently undergoing considerable change; information management and technology and children.

There are various groups and networks in specialist areas and information is given here:  https://www.sor.org/practice/other-groups

Leadership:

The NHS Leadership Academy brings together all the national activity supporting leadership development in health and NHS funded services. http://www.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk/

The Leadership Framework provides a consistent approach to leadership development for staff in Health and Social Care irrespective of discipline, role or function, and represents the foundation of leadership behaviour. Fundamental to its development was a desire to build on existing leadership frameworks used by different staff groups and create a single overarching leadership framework for all Health and Social Care staff.
http://www.leadershipacademy.nhs.uk/resources/

The National Leadership Unit for NHS Scotland is situated within NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and delivers a range of leadership development programmes and activities across the NHS in Scotland. The Unit also supports the development of policy and strategy for leadership development across NHS Scotland: http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/education-and-training/by-theme-initiative/le...

Research and Audit:

Information on research support and relevant articles can be found at:
https://www.sor.org/career-progression/researchers/undertaking-research
https://www.sor.org/career-progression/researchers/getting-started

The Allied Health Professions Research Network (AHPRN) also aims to increase research capability and capacity by providing research support. The network is currently formed by 21 regional 'hubs' which offer researchers assistance by way of peer review, mentorship schemes, sharing good practice, disseminating information and offering advice.
https://www.sor.org/news/supporting-healthcare-research

Details of research funding details can be found at:
https://www.sor.org/about-us/awards/corips-research-awards

Other links:

The institute for innovation and improvement has a number of excellent guides and tools including a very useful jargon buster.
www.institute.nhs.uk

The skills for health website has a number of e-learning training tools to aid workforce planning as well as tools available to help find competences, create and save lists of relevant competences and undertake assessments relating to competence based role and team profiles, and clusters.
www.skillsforhealth.org.uk

Department of Health (England)
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/index.htm

Health in Wales
http://www.wales.nhs.uk/

NHS Scotland
http://www.show.scot.nhs.uk/

NHS Education for Scotland (NES)
http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/education-and-training/by-discipline/allied-health-professions.aspx

The “Clinical / Academic Careers” resource:
http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/education-and-training/by-discipline/allied-health-professions.aspx

In addition, the “Senior AHPs: Leading Better Practice” resource:
http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/education-and-training/by-discipline/allied-health-professions.aspx

Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland
http://www.hscni.net/

Knowledge and Skills Framework
The NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (NHS KSF) and the Development Review Process (October 2004)
http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130107105354/http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_4090843

Simplified KSF
http://www.nhsemployers.org/PayAndContracts/AgendaForChange/KSF/Simplified-KSF/Pages/SimplifiedKSF.aspx

NHS Employers
http://www.nhsemployers.org/Pages/home.aspx

Delivering Care, Enabling Health: Harnessing the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions' Contribution to Implementing Delivering for Health in Scotland
http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2006/10/23103937/0

NHS Education for Scotland Post-Registration Career Development Framework (2012) for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals:

Consultant Level Level 8 on NES Career Framework
http://www.careerframework.nes.scot.nhs.uk/career-framework.aspx?levelGr...

Director - Level 9 on NES Career Framework
http://www.careerframework.nes.scot.nhs.uk/career-framework.aspx?levelGr...

(All links accessed Nov 2012)

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