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BR 1 - The professional roles of the radiographer

Saturday, March 4, 08:30 - 10:00 Room: L 8 Session Type: E³ - Rising Stars Programme: EFRS Radiographers' Basic Session Topics: Professional Issues, Radiographers Moderators: H. H. Hjemly (Oslo/NO), D. Katsifarakis (Athens/GR) Add session to my schedule In your schedule (remove)

A-601

Introduction (part 1)

H. H. Hjemly; Oslo/NO

Learning Objectives

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Abstract

The session will highlight the variety of professional pathways radiographers have the opportunity to persuade, emphasising how to conduct service need analysis as a driver for development and the education required to underpin radiographer advanced and consultant practice. It will present and discuss the pathway from clinical practice to management, requirements to ensure a successful transition from clinical practice to management and challenges encountered during the transition and at management level. It will also present how radiographers can have an academic career and/or become a researcher, the main areas of work for radiographer academics in research, teaching and administration. Radiographers are attractive for vendors of medical imaging industry and an experience-based presentation on this possibility will discuss why radiographers should make the move, the breadth of available opportunities, demands of industry and role progression opportunities.

A-602

Introduction (part 2)

D. Katsifarakis; Athens/GR

Learning Objectives

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Abstract

The session will highlight the variety of professional pathways radiographers have the opportunity to persuade, emphasising how to conduct service need analysis as a driver for development and the education required to underpin radiographer advanced and consultant practice. It will present and discuss the pathway from clinical practice to management, requirements to ensure a successful transition from clinical practice to management and challenges encountered during the transition and at management level. It will also present how radiographers can have an academic career and/or become a researcher, the main areas of work for radiographer academics in research, teaching and administration. Radiographers are attractive for vendors of medical imaging industry and an experience-based presentation on this possibility will discuss why radiographers should make the move, the breadth of available opportunities, demands of industry and role progression opportunities.

A-603

Becoming a clinical radiographer: role, role development and specialisation

N. H. Woznitza; London/UK

Learning Objectives

1. To understand the opportunities for different career pathways across the radiography profession.
2. To be aware of the educational requirements underpinning each of the different careers which will be presented within the session.
3. To support radiographers in making choices about their own career development and career pathway.

Abstract

Worldwide there has been sustained and significant increases in the number of imaging investigations, driven by an ageing population, new and emerging technologies and dissemination of practice. Radiographers are fundamental to the diagnostic pathway, are integrated into clinical teams and have a unique position from which to improve patient care and outcomes. Clinical radiographers have a varied career pathway, from graduate radiographer to consultant practitioner. Key opportunities for career development will be discussed, as well as an introduction to the evidence base that underpins radiographer reporting. To facilitate role development for radiographers, an outline of service need analysis will be included. The education required to underpin radiographer advanced and consultant practice will be identified. Key points covered: challenges facing a newly qualified radiographer in settings with limited radiologist cover. Becoming a reporting radiographer, with education and audit requirements. Progression from advanced to consultant practice, including research evidence to support role development.

A-604

Becoming a clinical manager

E. Kelly; Galway/IE

Learning Objectives

1. To understand the opportunities that may be available for clinical managers.
2. To be aware of the requirements and qualifications needed for this role.
3. To support prospective radiographers when choosing a managerial role.

Abstract

Making the transition from clinical practice into clinical management requires extensive consideration. For some the transition results from ‘stepping up’ into the role of clinical manager while others actively pursue promotion to management and undertake formal managerial studies in preparation for the challenges encountered in a management role. Pre-requisites for a managerial role include excellent communication and people skills, excellent organisational, administrative and project management skills and the ability to adapt in a rapidly changing environment. While it is not essential in Ireland to possess a managerial postgraduate qualification a manager does require six years of post-graduate experience. The role of a clinical manager can be extremely fulfilling with the ability to improve the service provided to patients and support and develop staff in their own professional roles. Managers also encounter many challenges including budget restrictions which impact on technology advances and education and development and ultimately on the quality of service delivery. However, a successful clinical manager overcomes those daily challenges through continued commitment in effective leadership and by empowering and motivating staff.

A-605

Becoming an academic and/or researcher

S. J. MacKay; Liverpool/UK

Learning Objectives

1. To understand the role of the radiographer as an academic person and researcher.
2. To be aware of the educational requirements underpinning this career pathway.
3. To support radiographers by providing the required information on the opportunities in these fields.

Abstract

This talk will begin with a description of the role of the radiographer as an academic/researcher drawing on the recognised role from the UK experience. It will explain the main areas of work for radiographer academics in research, teaching and learning and administration. It will then describe the educational requirements to obtain an academic/research post in the UK. Finally, it will discuss the opportunities available for a career in research and academia.

A-606

Working in industry

P. Doherty; Forchheim/DE

Learning Objectives

1. To understand the opportunities of working in industry.
2. To be aware of the fast developments that take place in industry and be knowledgeable of the requirements to occupy such a post.
3. To provide the necessary support for radiographers in making the choices to pursue a career in industry.

Abstract

The healthcare environment is one which is rapidly changing. Consolidation and industrialisation of services are changes which are evident worldwide. Industry partners are evolving to meet these changes. This evolution places unique demands on these companies and one integral cohort of employees for such companies are those who have clinical training. For imaging companies, radiographers are uniquely positioned to leverage their extensive training in a wide variety of areas. The potential for radiographers is vast, but it is imperative that radiographers entering into industry are not only aware of the unique challenges associated with the transition but also of the unlimited rewards that can be attained.

Discussion, questions and conclusion

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