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1. Introduction

The role of the Community Liaison Expert Practitioner was first defined in the College of Radiographers’ document Positioning Therapeutic Radiographers within Cancer Services: Delivering Patient Centred Care(1)

The aim of this new guidance is to provide commissioners and providers with information about this role in order to support the local implementation of this role to meet local service needs. 

The guidance describes what an expert radiographer could offer, both within and beyond the traditional boundaries of the Cancer Centre, if higher level posts at consultant levels were to be developed and then commissioned.

The Community Liaison Expert Practitioner will undertake:

  • liaison with teams and individuals involved in the disease management and case management levels
  • supply of information and support to patients both waiting for and after radiotherapy
  • advice to primary care teams regarding the management of side effects of radiotherapy
  • liaison with palliative care teams. 

(College of Radiographers, 2006, Positioning Therapeutic Radiographers within Cancer Services: Delivering Patient Centred Care.)(1)

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