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Radiographic practice continues to evolve rapidly and the higher levels of responsibility and autonomy carried by the profession have been shown to be beneficial to patients/clients and to provide radiographers and support staff with increased job satisfaction. All members of the profession and the radiographic workforce have roles in the further evolution of the profession. However, top level members of the profession including service managers and leaders, educators, clinical consultants and researchers, carry particular responsibilities for this by strengthening and integrating the development of radiographers’ potential, improving patient care and re-configuring and re-aligning services along care pathways and across health care sectors.

Developing radiographers’ potential

The profession’s potential may be further developed by:

  • continuing to develop multiple entry routes to the profession to support skills mix and facilitate career progression
  • providing education appropriate to all levels of radiography practice
  • using preceptorship to support newly qualified radiographers and, subsequently, adopting clinical supervision to provide the support framework for all staff
  • undertaking CPD in a planned and cohesive manner
  • formally incorporating reflection into daily radiographic practice
  • engaging fully in wider multi-disciplinary team meetings and work
  • developing enhanced knowledge management skills
  • participating in approval and accreditation processes at all levels of practice and for all services.

Improving patient care

The improvement of patient care and patient experience is central to radiographic practice and requires the profession to:

  • practise on the basis of evidence
  • engage in audit and research to evaluate practice and to provide the required evidence
  • adopt innovations where these provide clear improvement for patients and the public
  • integrate quality assurance into daily practice and strive for quality enhancement
  • ensure they practise within clear clinical governance frameworks
  • develop excellent multi-professional and inter-professional working relationships
  • integrate health informatics into daily practice
  • value and support the roles of its clinical experts, high achievers and leaders.

Service re-configuration and re-alignment

Significant changes in the way services are delivered are under way, with diagnostic and cancer services at the heart of those changes. Critical to ensuring these maximize the contribution radiographers can make and enhance the services delivered to patients and the public are:

  • embedding the profession’s career progression framework into the re-configuration of radiography services
  • undertaking service redesign and interlinking this with role redesign
  • supporting service and role redesign with a strong governance framework and processes
  • reviewing  education provision to ensure it matches with service and role development needs
  • protecting and supporting development time and resources for the workforce.

 

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