Nicky Hutton and Sarah-Jane Ketterer are working on secondment with the Society of Radiographers as Simulation Champions for an eight month period.
Nicky works as a clinical team leader and treatment delivery advanced practitioner at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Liverpool. She is seconded to the Society on Wednesdays and Thursdays each week and has recently completed a 6-month secondment with the Society of Radiographers as a RePAIR Champion.
Sarah-Jane is a Lecturer and BSc Director of Studies for Therapeutic Radiography & Oncology at the University of Liverpool, where she has worked on simulation projects for several years. She is seconded to the Society on Thursdays and Fridays.
Nicky and Sarah-Jane will work to produce a guidance document for the use of simulation within education and training of pre-registration Therapeutic Radiography students in the UK. This follows on from the SoR RePAIR Champion project which reported clear evidence to support production of national guidance.
Key aspects of the work will be to consult with education providers, clinical practitioners and students, through workshops and surveys (using Delphi methodology), developing consensus statements, building on the evidence base. This will facilitate development of national guidance to enable the use of simulation to be optimised to support and enhance student learning.
Nicky and Sarah-Jane will liaise with external stakeholders, such as the HCPC and HEE leads, to consider views, and to produce professional body guidance on the use of simulation within pre-registration therapeutic radiography education and training programmes, providing recommendations to education and training providers, and to the Approvals and Accreditation Board of the College of Radiographers.
The project is in the initial stages, but watch this space for updates as this exciting work progresses.