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The first Education and Professional Development Strategy was published in 2002 and subsequently revised in 2003 and 2006. Since then there have been many developments in policy and practice that are reflected in this document:

  • consultant radiographers have become established as part of the workforce in both diagnostic imaging and oncology
  • occupational Standards have been developed for use across the Health Functional Map
  • the Allied Health Professions (AHP) Career Framework and Modernising Scientific Careers (MSC) framework have been developed
  • targets for referral to treatment times exist for the majority of national service frameworks and clinical pathways
  • the Cancer Reform Strategy (CRS) is taking further forward the NHS Cancer Plan in England and is informing cancer policy in the devolved countries
  • introduction of new and expansion of existing screening programmes
  • devolution of Health Policy to all four countries of the UK
  • the NHS Next Stage Review (England)
  • shifting the Balance of Care (Scotland)
  • health Policy of the Welsh Assembly  
  • health Professions Council (HPC) standards and the Commission for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE)
  • continuing professional development (CPD) is mandatory for HPC re-registration
  • progress with regulation of sonographers and clinical technologists
  • voluntary public registers
  • accreditation of individuals at consultant, advanced and assistant levels of practice
  • evidence based practice
  • self-referral to AHPs by patients
  • quality, Improvement, Productivity and Prevention (QIPP) in England and similar programmes in devolved countries to deliver cost effective, high quality care
  • imaging Services Accreditation Scheme (ISAS)
  • cancer Peer Review measures.

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