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RC 414 - Maximising outputs from research
Radiographers Research
Wednesday, February 28, 16:00 - 17:30
Room: K
Moderators: F. Zarb (Msida/MT), M. Raissaki (Iraklion/GR)

Chairpersons' introduction (part 1)
F. Zarb; Msida/MT
Learning Objectives

1. To appreciate the importance of study design in enhancing research outcomes.
2. To become familiar with the benefits of collaboration in designing and disseminating research.
3. To understand current funding opportunities and strategies for success.


The radiography profession has gone through numerous developments over the past decades. It is also important that we acknowledge these developments and the educational requirements to fulfill the developing roles of the radiographer. The radiography profession has been required to use and also generate quality research on which to develop evidence-based practice. The presenters of this session are active researchers within the field of radiography and we will be benefitting from their knowledge and experience of radiographic research.

Chairpersons' introduction (part 2)
M. Raissaki; Iraklion/GR
Learning Objectives

1. To appreciate the importance of study design in enhancing research outcomes.
2. To become familiar with the benefits of collaboration in designing and disseminating research.
3. To understand current funding opportunities and strategies for success.


The cornerstone of academic medicine has always been balanced on the concepts of teaching, research and clinical practice. The same concepts are interacting with each other in academic radiography. In the era of innovation and advancing technology, imaging biomarkers, evidence-based medicine and ALARA, radiographers have the opportunity to perceive research on a local, National and International level, as their opportunity to make a visible difference as health specialists, to better appreciate and understand aspects of their craft, to reduce dose and improve or maintain image quality in all imaging modalities.
Radiographers can and should be aware of the role of research in optimization of clinical practice. Familiarization and a positive and attitude towards research are important for implementing the paradigm shift from the traditional model of practice to evidence-based practice.
Research is a learning process both on an undergraduate and on a postgraduate level. Research can only be mastered through team work, careful design, trial and error, dedication, and appropriate funding. Collaboration among institutions can lead to enormous benefits for local, National, and International evidence and guidelines.

A. Designing robust research projects
L. Rainford; Dublin/IE
Learning Objectives

1. To learn about the research design process.
2. To understand the mechanisms available to support the successful design of research studies in radiography.
3. To appreciate the importance of careful research design for successful projects.


The presenter will provide the audience with a detailed discussion of the key steps required to be fulfilled in the design of research projects. The principles discussed will bear relevance to a range of research project types from local studies to research activity involving international collaborators. The information provided will be based on the presenter’s personal experience and from referenced literature. The presentation will outline details of support mechanisms available to radiography researchers active or those interested in becoming research active. The scope of information will range from local academic institutions support, professional society support, national and international research agencies and European groups, in particular the European Federation of Radiography Societies (EFRS). The importance of understanding how careful project design is critical to a research project success and core considerations in the design process will be provided to the audience. Matters such as appropriate supervisory teams, understanding roles, maintenance of progress, meeting deadlines, appropriate ethical oversight, preparing for unforeseen issues, ensuring novel and innovative approaches, ensuring standards are maintained, and positive student development. Considerations required if planning multi-site studies either within one jurisdiction or internationally will be included in the presentation.

B. Collaborating across Europe
G. Paulo; Coimbra/PT
Learning Objectives

1. To learn about the importance of networking to promote research activities.
2. To understand the potential of research collaborations in a multinational approach.
3. To be aware about the importance of research in developing the professions' field of knowledge.


Radiography profession is evolving in an exponential way, driven mostly by the technological development and the new models of delivering care to the patient. It’s because these two main drivers that is essential to promote research, as a tool to develop the radiographer profession field of knowledge. Radiographers, as the guardians of the profession, have the obligation to improve the knowledge basis of professional work through research, which is only accepted and adopted by the peers, if published: “It doesn’t exist if it isn’t written down”. The number of publications in one year is higher than all the publications until 1970, and this has a tremendous impact on our daily life. According to the European Research Area, Europe must increase the efficiency and effectiveness of its public research system. This requires more cooperation so that the brightest minds work together to make greater impact on grand challenges. We have to bear in mind that research paradigm has changed. Changes came from a lonely scientist closed in his laboratory to a whole worldwide network of knowledge (as the common maxim states: “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”), reason why networking and integrating a multidisciplinary approach into research is essential, not only to avoid unnecessary duplication of research and infrastructure investment, but also to create knowledge and increase the visibility of radiographers in the patient clinical pathway.

C. Winning research grants
C. Malamateniou; London/GB
Learning Objectives

1. To learn about potential research funders for radiographers.
2. To understand challenges and opportunities in research grant applications.
3. To appreciate strategies for successful research bids.


Research in healthcare professions allied to Medicine has been traditionally seen as the "difficult to achieve", "challenging" and often "an additional, different to clinical practice" task, that was demanding more time from an already overloaded clinical schedule of the healthcare practitioners. Recent work has shown that research can increase quality of practice, improve patient outcomes and job satisfaction and make the service more efficient. Radiography research capacity and quality building has been identified as one of the key areas for development under the 2016-2021 Research strategy agenda of the Society and College of Radiographers. Research capacity building involves enhancing research awareness, facilitating research involvement but also and most importantly ensuring high quality research leadership. There are many different methods one can employ to achieve these outcomes, but in order to cement a research leadership role for Radiography, one needs to consider how to increase the research income and how to succeed in Research grant applications. There is not sadly a cookbook on how this can be achieved and it is recognised that one needs to travel through rough waters and often learn from constructive feedback and through failure, in order to become better in successful grant writing. This talk is about the challenges in securing grant funding in Radiography in the UK, some tips to help people increase their chances of securing a grant as well as to present the currently available research funding opportunities for radiographers.

Panel discussion: How to avoid strategic mistakes in research?


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