New support for international radiographers launched by SoR

In support of internationally educated radiographers, the SoR has launched new sessions to help trainees transition

Published: 14 November 2023 Role Development

The Society of Radiographers is pleased to launch two new e-learning sessions and a learning path to support radiographers trained overseas considering joining the NHS. 

These sessions provide insight into the professional roles of diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers in the UK, and offer vital information to candidates from other countries interested in applying for positions in the NHS. They will be helpful to those applying for jobs, have been offered employment in the UK, or are new to the role.

New sessions available 

International radiographers can access the 2 sessions, free of charge, by registering here.

NHS users can access the 2 sessions and the learning path of resources here and search for the module titles. 

The Working in the NHS session provides a brief overview of the NHS and the principles and values of the NHS Constitution.

The Role of the Radiographer in the UK session outlines the role under the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) regulation. Information on the UK radiographer career structure and the vital role of the support and assistant practitioner workforce is included, while the multidisciplinary team delivering diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy in the UK is identified and some of the possible professional differences are highlighted. 

The role of the Society of Radiographers as the professional body and trade union for the radiography workforce is also explained. 

The sessions in the learning path International Recruitment Learning Path Introduction to patient care within imaging departments provide further support for newly recruited international radiographers, starting with an introduction to e-learning and patient care. 

This includes sessions on personalising care, imaging patients with dementia, and topics such as respect and dignity, and is recommended for all users. Following this, there are specific introductory sessions for general radiography, CT and MRI.

To ensure high-quality patient care and to support radiographer colleagues, it is crucial to coordinate the learning process with local and regional induction, preceptorship, mentorship, and personal support. Reflective practice, policies and procedures should be taken into consideration to ensure that this activity is beneficial. 

The Clinical Imaging program offers nearly 500 e-learning sessions, and learners are encouraged to complete the sessions that are relevant to their practice, in addition to the recommended core sessions. By working together, we can strive towards improving the quality of patient care through continuous learning and development.

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