New e-learning sessions to support gender inclusive education and training for staff

The two e-learning sessions will help deliver services that do not make assumptions about gender and support radiographers

Published: 29 November 2023 Radiation protection

New e-learning sessions have been developed to support the clinical imaging workforce to navigate the delivery of safe, effective, and equitable healthcare to the UK’s gender diverse population.

In support of efforts to provide gender inclusive education and training for staff, the sessionslead the reader through the importance of respectful language and behaviours, terminology, and practical considerations of the inclusive pregnancy checking forms.

The structured approach across two linked sessions is designed to give learners a deeper understanding of gender inequalities in healthcare and provides the tools and confidence to apply a more inclusive approach to care.

'A sensitive and personal matter'

The sessions can be accessed from a safe environment of choice and offer readers the time to assess their knowledge and reflect on valuable learning about this important topic.

Since the SoR published “Inclusive pregnancy status guidelines for ionising radiation: diagnostic and therapeutic exposures” in 2021, there has been an increase in the number of organisations actively seeking gender inclusive education and training for staff. 

Lynda Johnson, professional officer for clinical imaging and radiation protection for the SoR, said: “The modern clinical imaging workforce must strive to deliver services that do not make assumptions about gender and train staff to recognise people as individuals. Gender identity might be a sensitive and personal matter for staff and patients."

'A valuable and effective addition'

She added: “Health and care professionals are required to display conduct that is non-discriminatory, and they must not allow personal views to affect their relationships with others or the care they provide.

“How we steer our way through these complexities is determined by what we understand to be true. Gender diversity is a topic that seems to fascinate the British media, but sensationalised news stories are perhaps not the best source of truth.”

The opportunity to develop these two elearning sessions is a “valuable and effective addition to promote and provide the most accessible learning materials to the whole clinical imaging workforce”, Ms Johnson added.

You canview the sessions here.