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8.3. Links and Resources for Assistant Practitioner


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

Policy and Guidance Document Library contains a variety of relevant documents, the most relevant of which are:

Scope of Practice of Assistant Practitioners

Education and Professional Development Strategy: New Directions

Code of Conduct and Ethics

Student radiographers and trainee assistant practitioners: verifying patient identification and seeking consent

Assistant Practitioners and the supply, administration and prescribing of medicines
Education and training opportunities:Directory of Courses for contact details of all universities in UK offering pre-registration programmes


Short courses and study days

e-learning including CORe-learning and  e-learning for healthcare

Information on clinical specialisms can be found on the following website:

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:

Other links:

Knowledge and Skills Framework
The NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (NHS KSF) and the Development Review Process (October 2004).

Simplified NHS KSF

NHS Employers

Skills for Health

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

(All links accessed Nov 2012)

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) website: PDA Radiographic Imaging

Arrangements for: PDA in Radiographic Imaging at SCQF level 8


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