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9.3. Links and Resources for Autonomous Practice (Practitioner)


All radiographers at the point of registration are competent to practise autonomously in their discipline at the first level. Clinical skills obtained during the pre-registration period need to be consolidated to provide the foundations for continuing development of this group of staff.

Newly qualified radiographers should have a period of formal preceptorship following registration. This is a period for consolidation and induction into the clinical environment as a staff member under the supervision of a named preceptor.

Accreditation at this level of practice is achieved as the individual will have completed a recognised programme that entitles them to apply for membership of the Society of Radiographers and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

SCoR links:
Website for Practitioners

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

Education and Professional Development Strategy: New Directions

Code of Conduct and Ethics

The Scope of Practice 2009

Clinical Supervision Framework

Education and training opportunities:


Post-registration courses

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 paediatrics.

There are various groups and networks in specialist areas and information is given here:

Other links:

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)  

At initial registration with the HCPC, practitioners will meet the standards set by the HCPC; Standards of conduct, performance and ethics (2008) and Standards of proficiency – Radiographers (2009)

Department of Health (England)

Health in Wales


NHS Education for Scotland (NES)

Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland

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

Simplified KSF

NHS Employers

Skills for Health

Section on Scottish Government website: AHP workforce making a difference

(All links accessed Nov 2012)


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