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Research and Audit of Practice

It is important that the practice of the assistant practitioner is subject to the same clinical audit processes as for other members of the radiographic workforce. Extension of the role and Scope of Practice of the assistant practitioner to meet service demands can be considered and the results of robust research and audit data could be used to support such proposed change.

Assistant practitioners in the NHS Breast Screening Service are required to submit to the same scrutiny of their images for technical recall as radiographers and are expected to meet the same standards.

In other areas of work such as AAA screening or standard radiographic imaging it is expected that the same audit standards will apply irrespective of the qualification status of the practitioner. It is not expected that assistant practitioners will initiate or undertake clinical research although they may support researchers by contributing data or other related activities.

 

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