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Chapter 4: Recommendations

IM&T is an evolving discipline in radiography, the scope of practice ranges from general IM&T skills to in-depth knowledge of specialist clinical applications. Therefore the workforce needs to be adaptable to change and IM&T skills need to be acquired and updated. In order to enhance the skills of the workforce and improve patient care there needs to be more IM&T training.

  1. IM&T skills for new graduates need to be identified, and these skills should be explicit within undergraduate curricula, at least to ECDL level.
  2. Educational placements offering IM&T experiences need to be identified for higher education students, with in-service education required for HIS, RIS and PACs.
  3. Further research is required to evaluate the efficacy of different types of training.
  4. More work and investment is needed to support a clinical and cultural change, it is acknowledged radiographers require basic IM&T skills (at least the ECDL) but need to be encouraged to achieve at least a basic level of competence.
  5. The benefits to an organisation of staff training, education and qualifications in IM&T should be acknowledged and addressed with adequate resources to ensure radiographers are equipped with the necessary IM&T skills to ensure optimum service delivery and patient care.
  6. Further work is required to map IM&T competencies across bands and specialties and where necessary, accredited courses developed. CEGS on prioris1/CEGS documents/Reports 2007 51
  7. Key staff must understand how IM&T can benefit patient care in terms of efficiency, effectiveness and safety, and how to apply knowledge and skills within their area of expertise.
  8. In the future advanced IM&T skills may need to be recognised as an area of role development / advanced practice.
  9. Clinical systems must be integrated more efficiently to enhance the flow of work, particularly as IM&T crosses different boundaries and there is a greater sharing of patient data.
  10. Extra training should be given to issues surrounding data protection.

References

British Computer Society (2008) www.bcs.org accessed November 28th 2008

College of Radiographers (2003b) Role Development Revisited: the Research Evidence 2003 London. Society and College of Radiographers.

Devvit, N. and Murphy, J. (2003) The IM&T training needs of doctors in an acute UK NHS trust. In: Teach Globally, Learn Locally: Innovations in Health and Biomedical Informatics Education in the 21st Century; IMIA Working Group on Education, 2003, Portland, Oregon, USA.

Society and College of Radiographers (2003a) The Scope of Practice 2003. London. Society and College of Radiographers.

Society and College of Radiographers (2005) A Strategy for Practice Development in Radiography. London, Society and College of Radiographers.

Society and College of Radiographers (2006) Information management and technology: implications for the radiography workforce. London, Society and College of Radiographers.

Society and College of Radiographers (2008) Information Management and Technology: further advice and guidance on curriculum. London, Society and College of Radiographers.

 

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