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14. Project Recommendations

14.1 In summary, the benefits of the prostate/urology specialist radiographer role need to be established and promoted throughout the UK. Prostate Cancer UK and SCoR have the knowledge and expertise to facilitate this but require commitment from other key stakeholders to support and lead change. The recommendations below are proposed to particular groups of stakeholders.

14.2 Recommendations for prostate/urology specialist practitioners

  • Continue to develop the role to become the key worker for men with prostate cancer for a certain period in the patient pathway.
  • Engage more fully with all domains of advanced and/or consultant practice.
  • Contribute to research into the value and impact of the prostate/urology specialist role.
  • Seek opportunities to lead research into radiotherapy practice and patient experience.
  • Participate in the development of the online community forum. 
  • Share practice, knowledge and experience, both within the cancer centre and wider MDT as well as beyond the Trust to help those looking to develop and advance roles in other centres.

14.3 Recommendations for radiotherapy service managers

  • Formulate site-specialist job descriptions that are clearly defined and include arrangements for cover for sickness and leave, and professional supervision.
  • Ensure that cancer centre workforce development plans reflect the strategic priorities of the Independent Cancer Taskforce strategy for 2015 - 2020.3
  • Undertake personal development and review (PDR) to support relevant professional development for prostate/urology specialist practitioners in post and identify potential successors.
  • Share with other service managers to learn from those who have already created these roles or support those who are embarking on it. 
  • Build in research component to site-specialist roles to include measures of impact that will evidence efficiencies, experiences and outcomes.

14.4 Recommendations for the SCoR

  • Update the radiographic workforce advice and guidance to reflect the strategic priorities of the Independent Cancer Taskforce strategy for 2015-2020.3
  • Develop a model role descriptor to support service managers.
  • Provide advice and support to service managers for business case development, including sustainability and succession planning.
  • When possible, promote independent prescribing as the gold standard for prostate/urology specialist radiographers.
  • Develop a database of postgraduate education and training opportunities to support development of full professional autonomy.
  • Promote professional accreditation of advanced and consultant practitioners.
  • Develop and provide ongoing support for an online community forum and support network with resources for prostate/urology specialist radiographers. 
  • Deliver conference presentations to the profession and to the relevant charities.
  • Share the project report with the wider radiotherapy workforce, the Radiotherapy Board, the cancer MDTs and via the Radiotherapy Clinical Reference Group in England, and equivalent groups in the UK.

14.5 Recommendations for Prostate Cancer UK

  • Share information about educational opportunities as well as funding available to support continuing professional development.
  • Use project findings to inform the development of Prostate Cancer UK’s education programme.
  • Promote relevant research opportunities and share findings from funded research projects.
  • Ensure widespread dissemination of evidence gained from funded prostate site-specialists.
  • Work in collaboration with SCoR to share the project report widely with key stakeholders.

14.6 Recommendations to national stakeholders 

  • Be aware of the developing role and contribution of therapeutic radiographers as key workers in the delivery of cancer services.
  • Consider the development of the site-specialist therapeutic radiographer role in workforce planning models for cancer services. 
  • Work with the Society and College of Radiographers to support further development of site-specialist roles and assessment of their impact on patient care. 

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