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Introduction

The Career Progression Framework as outlined within this strategy contains an inherent message to the profession that the future demands good and close collaboration between clinical practice, education and the professional role and an individual willingness to change and develop. ‘New Directions’ provides detail about the four levels of practice related to service delivery and the delivery of an education and training continuum to underpin the Career Progression Framework. This education and training continuum is set out as the profession’s Learning and Development Framework for Clinical Imaging and Oncology3 (2008) which provides a platform to support individuals in maintaining competence and extending and developing their skills. This skills development, in line with service needs, will help to ensure career flexibility related to appropriate reward.

A ‘toolkit’ approach.

This document uses a toolkit design. The text is supported by hyperlinks to other relevant professional documents and resources available in electronic format on or through the SoR website at www.sor.org. Clicking on the links will give direct access to the relevant information.

For example:

  • managers needing to consider service re-configuration may refer to skills mix issues, non-medical consultant-led services and guidance on service delivery location. For diagnostic imaging, these are expanded upon within the SCoR/RCR joint publication Team Working within clinical imaging: A contemporary view of skills mix4 (2007)
  • for radiotherapy, the document Radiotherapy moving forward: Delivering new radiography staffing models in response to the Cancer Reform Strategy5 (2009) may provide useful guidance. 
  • a broad outline of measures relevant to supporting effectiveness in the delivery of healthcare is described in A Strategy for Practice Development in Radiography6 (2005)
  • radiographers wishing to plan their future careers may find that the Learning and Development Framework for Clinical Imaging and Oncology3 (2008) and Clinical Supervision Framework and Clinical Supervision: A Position Statement7 (2003) are relevant and applicable to them.

The hyperlinks to reference documents and sources should enable individuals to make decisions informed by SCoR policy and practice guidance. Guidance documents may also be used in isolation although using them in the holistic manner outlined above should provide added value.

 

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