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PC 13a - Radiography and radiology: more than the sum of their parts

Saturday, March 4, 08:30 - 10:00 Room: K Session Type: Professional Challenges Session Topic: Radiographers Digital Evaluation: Open Digital Evaluation for this Session Moderators: P. Bezzina (Msida/MT), P. C. Maly Sundgren (/SE) Add session to my schedule In your schedule (remove)

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Chairmen's introduction: Working together (part 1)

P. Bezzina; Msida/MT

Learning Objectives

1. To appreciate the challenges facing radiography and radiology.
2. To emphasise the importance of a patient safety culture.
3. To understand the need for care and compassion in medical imaging.

Abstract

To sustain a good medical imaging department and to ensure a positive atmosphere at work, a place where most of us spend the majority of our daily time, it is important to work together and support each other. It is only in a positive working environment that radiologists and radiographers can understand and respect each other, acknowledge the competences of all the individuals, and have joint goals to develop and strengthen radiology and radiography so as to improve practice in a department. Among many of the topics in which working together is practically important is patient safely where we all need to be on the same path and committed to this. The same goes for improvement of protocols, new ideas and testing of new sequences and method. In other words, it has to be done jointly if it is to work and has to be implemented with the support of all staff regardless of background. This session will focus on these topics as well as to give an insight into how you as radiologist and radiographers working together, with different but important skills and knowledge, can achieve a lot to improve your daily practice. For sure two work better than one.

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Chairmen's introduction: Working together (part 2)

P. C. Maly Sundgren; Lund/SE
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Learning Objectives

1. To appreciate the challenges facing radiography and radiology.
2. To emphasise the importance of a patient safety culture.
3. To understand the need for care and compassion in medical imaging.

Abstract

This is a joint chairman session to introduce the following lectures that are focused on the need and benefits of working together as radiologists and radiographers in the clinical and research setting to improve quality, to learn from each other and to move the field forward with the best interest in patient care and quality.

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Opportunities and challenges facing radiography and radiology

G. Paulo; Coimbra/PT

Learning Objectives

1. To highlight the current challenges facing radiographers and radiologists.
2. To discuss the opportunities for radiographers and radiologists.
3. To suggest approaches to meeting current and future needs for the delivery of effective patient care in clinical departments.

Abstract

Medical imaging is the main pillar of modern health care systems. The equipment technological development combined with the new medical devices have increased medical importance in healthcare delivery. However, evidence shows an exponential growth of the number of medical imaging procedures and a decrease of radiographers and radiologists. One of the main reasons related to this evidence is related to the fact that medical imaging is slowly being fragmented and taken by others, which represents a real threat to our professions. This new reality calls for a development of a common strategy to make us more visible in the patient clinical pathway, enhancing our importance in patient care delivery avoiding medical imaging to be transformed into a commodity. Radiologists must increase their “clinical” role in the management of patient disease and radiographers must increase knowledge, skills and competences towards a consistent and structured role development into advance practice. The future of medical imaging professions depends on our capability of building a team-work model based on roles and responsibilities, as a tool to develop professional satisfaction and increase our visibility in healthcare systems.

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Patient safety culture: a combined responsibility

S. J. Foley; Dublin/IE

Learning Objectives

1. To familiarise attendees with the European BSS Directive (2013/59).
2. To discuss the responsibilities for radiographers and radiologists within the Directive.
3. To consider how the Directive can improve the culture of radiation safety within the clinical environment.

Abstract

This presentation aims to familiarise attendees with the recent European Basic Safety Standards Directive (2013/59) which is due to be transposed by all member states into national law by February 2018. The directive consolidates five previous directives into one single document and aims to modernise radiation protection in Europe. It strengthens a number of key radiation protection principles such as justification, the need for and use of DRLs and the requirements for appropriate education of all individuals involved in the delivery of radiation. New requirements are also stipulated for the education of patients as to potential risks while undergoing radiological procedures, the need for dose monitoring devices on all CT and interventional equipment as well as the requirement to transfer patient dose data to the radiological report. In particular, new legislative requirements will be discussed with a particular focus on the increased responsibilities regarding patient safety that will be required of both radiographers and radiologists under the directive. Finally, the potential for the directive to improve the culture of radiation safety within clinical environments will be discussed by consideration of the cumulative effect of both the new and strengthened articles contained within, to change professional behaviours.

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Skills and competences in care and compassion

A. England; Salford/UK

Learning Objectives

1. To focus on the specific aspects of care and compassion within radiography and radiology.
2. To discuss the issue of continuous professional development in care and compassion.
3. To emphasise the importance of care and compassion within training curricula.

Abstract

Ever since Robert Francis QC published his report into the mid-Staffordshire NHS trust inquiry care and compassion have been the forefront of many public and professional debates. The subject of care and compassion is in itself huge and one which has implications for both undergraduate radiography education and post-qualification clinical practice. Questions have arisen as to how these two topics can be adequately embedded into high-quality radiographic practice. What skills are necessary to practice with appropriate care and compassion and how can these be assessed at both pre- and post-qualification levels. Care and compassion is highly topical but often difficult to quantify, will these two topics remain at the forefront of radiographic practice and what can we do as professionals to encourage this. This lecture serves to identify and discuss the key issues of skills and competencies in the delivery of care and compassion within radiographic practice.

Panel discussion: A winning team: radiographers and radiologists?

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