To ensure that assistant practitioners have a voice in Scottish imaging, the inaugural meeting of APRONS (Assistant Practitioners Radiography Online Network Scotland) has been held.
Presenters at the lively meeting facilitated by the Scottish Clinical Imaging Network (SCIN) included Dr Valerie Blair of NHS Education Scotland, who spoke about supporting workforce development, and Maria Murray, the Society's professional officer for Scotland, who talked about the SCoR and the assistant practitioner role.
There also were discussions about the differing scopes of practice and uniforms across Scotland.
The following were elected to the APRONS committee:
Chair: Cathy Munro, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
Vice chair: Karen Morris, NHS Lanarkshire
Secretary: Anne Marie Howley, NHS Lanarkshire
Patricia Meilkle, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde agreed to represent assistant practitioners on Scottish Council.
The group intends to maintain links with Robert Gordon University, which delivers the Higher Diploma of Education for Radiographic Studies. Louise Mifsud, course director, attended the meeting.
APRONS is planning another meeting in the early part of next year. Any assistant practitioners interested in joining the group, please contact a member of the committee.
The minutes of the meeting and the presentations are available on the SCIN website.