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8.3. Links and Resources for Assistant Practitioner

Introduction

The Society and College of Radiographers’ policy regarding the practice of assistant practitioners was published in the document “Educational and Professional Development: New Directions” and defined in “Scope of Practice of Assistant Practitioners”.

Assistant practitioners, like general support staff, are likely to be from diverse backgrounds but they will differ from the general support workforce in that, as part of their duties, they will perform limited clinical imaging examinations or treatment procedures in concert with, and under the supervision of, registered radiographers. The range of such examinations or treatments will vary in accordance with locally identified need but is likely to be confined to standard examinations or treatments carried out on adult patients who are conscious, co-operative and communicative, and conducted in accordance with locally agreed protocols.

SCoR links:

Website for Assistant Practitioners including information about becoming an accredited assistant practitioner
http://www.sor.org/career-progression/assistant-practitioners

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

Scope of Practice of Assistant Practitioners  
http://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/scope-practice-assistant-practitioners

Education and Professional Development Strategy: New Directions
http://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/education-and-professional-development-strategy-new-directions/assistant-practitioners

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

Student radiographers and trainee assistant practitioners: verifying patient identification and seeking consent
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/student-radiographers-and-trainee-assistant-practitioners-verifying-patient-identification-and

Assistant Practitioners and the supply, administration and prescribing of medicines
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/assistant-practitioners-and-supply-administration-and-prescribing-medicines
 
Education and training opportunities:Directory of Courses for contact details of all universities in UK offering pre-registration programmes
https://www.sor.org/about-radiography/career-radiography/directory-courses

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

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

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

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

Other links:

Knowledge and Skills Framework
The NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (NHS KSF) and the Development Review Process (October 2004).  http://web.archive.org/web/20120217221848/http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_4090843

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

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

Skills for Health
http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/

NHS Education for Scotland Support Workers Toolkit including information about the Scottish Government's Mandatory Induction Standards and Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers
http://www.hcswtoolkit.nes.scot.nhs.uk/

(All links accessed Nov 2012)

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) website: PDA Radiographic Imaging
http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47666.html

Arrangements for: PDA in Radiographic Imaging at SCQF level 8
http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47666.html

 

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