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8. Assistant practitioners

8.1. Outcomes for Assistant Practitioner

The following statements identify the outcomes to be demonstrated by an accredited assistant practitioner in a defined area of practice (from Scope of Practice of Assistant Practitioners 2012).

  1. Practise safely within relevant legal, ethical, professional and managerial frameworks and protocols.
  2. Demonstrate accountability, recognising and responding appropriately to strengths and limitations in own knowledge, skills and attributes.
  3. Understand the importance of evidence for safe, effective professional practice.
  4. Engage in continuing professional development.
  5. Manage self and work effectively.
  6. Use information management systems effectively.  
  7. Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills.
  8. Ensure the radiation safety of all individuals in the working environment when it is their responsibility to do so.
  9. Practise within a risk-benefit framework, having regard to the biological effects of radiation.
  10. If entitled to do so by the employer, adhere to the role of operator in accordance with IR(ME)R 2000 and its subsequent amendments.
  11. Participate in quality assurance and undertake equipment testing within protocol.
  12. Demonstrate understanding of the significance of the relationship between anatomy, pathophysiology and the imaging and/or radiotherapy process.
  13. Employ effective positioning and immobilisation.
  14. Manipulate exposure factors and image recording parameters within protocol.
  15. Operate equipment safely and effectively within protocol.
  16. Carry out identified delegated procedures within protocol.
  17. Assess the technical quality of images produced.
  18. Record imaging examinations/radiotherapy interventions and their outcomes accurately.  
  19. Supply and administer medicines under Patient Specific Directions (PSDs).
  20. Demonstrate awareness of the role of other imaging and treatment modalities.
  21. Work individually, collaboratively and/or in partnership to deliver person-centred care.
  22. Meet the care needs of individuals and their significant others sensitively and respectfully having regard to the impact of illness and trauma, and to socio-cultural differences.  
  23. Demonstrate proficiency in basic life-support techniques, infection control and moving and handling.
  24. Ensure informed consent has been given prior to undertaking imaging examinations or radiotherapy.

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