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2. Purpose and Scope

2.1 Although the primary emphasis is on you as individual members, of equal importance is the need for education providers and service managers to provide  access to the tool for use in programme development and to support staff in setting and monitoring personal, professional development goals.

2.2 The Framework architecture reflects the four levels of practice: assistant, practitioner, advanced and consultant and includes the other dimensions of professional practice: education, management and research. 

2.3 Outcomes have been developed for all levels and dimensions of practice in such a way as to ensure that the Framework is relevant and responsive to the diverse settings where the imaging and oncology workforce find themselves working both now and in the future. It is consistent with the Scope of Practice (2009)2 and the Code of Conduct and Ethics (2008)3 as well as the changing nature and environment of Health and Social Care.

2.4 Pre-registration education for professional practice remains at the heart of the Framework and has been radically reviewed. Practitioner outcomes, together with a revised indicative curriculum, have been developed. These will ensure that student radiographers can achieve the HCPC Standards of Proficiency (2009)4 and be well prepared for their on-going career development. There is a renewed emphasis on the core disciplines; biological, physical and social sciences and a clearer focus on professional development and collaborative practice.

2.5 The indicative curriculum for Practitioners reflects the requirement for a highly professionalised workforce with a clear identity and set of values. It is these values that, together with the appropriate knowledge and skills, ensure that radiographers are able to operate professionally in uncertain environments.  The values of integrity, person-centredness, personal responsibility, respect, trustworthiness, collegiality and reflective practice are embedded. This will ensure that the curriculum prepares newly qualified radiographers to enter the workplace as novice professionals able to develop themselves and acquire the level of professional maturity needed to be full members and leaders of the interprofessional workforce.   

2.6 An indicative curriculum for Assistant Practitioners has been developed and the tool also enables access to opportunities for continuing development besides HCPC registration. A page of links and resources for support workers is also included.

2.7 Beyond registration, the Framework offers a comprehensive raft of potential opportunities consistent with the scope of practice and the College of Radiographers’ vision of the strategic importance of the workforce.

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