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6. Education and training

The graduate therapeutic radiographer will have received post registration education and training in the appropriate provision of information and support, together with referral to the multi-disciplinary team. In the past, specialised training has been provided for Macmillan funded radiographers, though specialists funded by alternative means have often sought courses outside the field of radiotherapy. 

The following topics have been proposed to meet the breadth of practice for radiographers working specifically as community liaison expert radiographer practitioners and should be viewed in conjunction with the SCoR Learning and Development Framework(6).

Expert practice

  • Advanced communication skills
  • Information provision
  • Patient assessment and review
  • Management of short and long term side effects including wound care
  • Pharmacology particularly in relation to toxic regimes, such as chemo-radiotherapy
  • Palliative care
  • Pain management
  • ‘End of life’ skills
  • Health education
  • Cancer therapies and innovative treatments
  • Cancer networks and the primary care team; NHS structures, roles and the opportunity to shadow other cancer care professionals

Strategic expertise

  • Study with other health professionals is recommended to broaden horizons beyond radiotherapy and to engender the strategic expertise required for the expert/consultant level role.
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Teaching skills
  • Identifying service need
  • Time management
  • Project management
  • Leadership skills - identified as crucial for the consultant role

Academic capability

  • ‘Advanced practice' should relate more to a state of mind than simply an ability to practice in a specific area of expertise. 
  • Study at Masters Level should be a pre-requisite.
  • Knowledge of research methods and the ability to plan and deliver research is essential to identify the potential for research within the field.

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