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Professional Skills for Radiographers

Module titleProfessional Skills for Radiographers
Module codePAM3020
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Amy Hancock (Lecturer)

Dr Chris Hayre (Lecturer)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

In this module, you will develop your knowledge of the legislative and professional framework that governs radiographers together with associated managerial, professional and inter-professional issues encountered in clinical practice. The resulting framework of knowledge and skills supports safe and equitable practice.  


You will learn about the skills needed to use contrast-enhancing agents safely, about the complications associated with contrast media, the mitigating measures available against anaphylaxis and the various means that are available for dealing with adverse reactions.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to equip you with the knowledge to fulfil the non-clinical aspects of your role as a diagnostic radiographer such as compliance with governance and professional responsibilities. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate awareness of a range of professional and interprofessional issues encountered in clinical practice;
  • 2. Provide an outline of controls to ensure safe radiographic practice;
  • 3. Demonstrate an awareness of skilled, competent, safe, evaluative, reflective diagnostic practice;
  • 4. Develop a broad understanding of all aspects of equality and diversity in healthcare practice;
  • 5. Explain the procedures by which contrast agents are introduced into the venous supply;
  • 6. Describe mitigating steps against shock and means for resuscitation/defibrillation;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Demonstrate awareness of legal and ethical considerations in relation to radiography practice;
  • 8. Demonstrate awareness of the context of healthcare provision, including the structure and policies of the NHS;
  • 9. Demonstrate awareness of improvement methodology to ensure quality improvement, clinical audit and service improvement skills;
  • 10. Discuss professional issues; mentorship,, raising concerns

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 11. Participate actively in workshops;
  • 12. Work effectively in a team;
  • 13. Take responsibility for continuing professional development;
  • 14. Demonstrate awareness of how personal assumptions, values, beliefs and attitudes affect a professional's ability to interact appropriately with patients and colleagues.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, an example of an overall structure is as follows: 



Professional issues  


 Regulations and legislation in relation to radiography practice: overview and general issues. 


 Local rules and their relation to professional and statutory codes. 


 Safe and efficient practice: overview and general issues. 


 Clinical supervision. 


 Child and adults at risk protection. 


 Development of the profession of radiography. 


 Role of the Care Quality Commission in regulating quality of service. 


 User involvement and Patient Advisory Liaison Services (PALS) 


Service-user focused care. 


 Experts by experience involvement in care strategy and research. 


 Inter-professional issues  


 Interface between undergraduate student and professional practitioner. 


 Skills for working in an inter-professional team. 


 Skills for supervision of assistant practitioners, students on placement, etc. 


 Continuing professional development. 


 Management of an imaging department 




 Research in an NHS Trust: research frameworks and ethical aspects. 


 Equality and diversity in healthcare practice. 


 External factors and benefits of inter-professional working. 






 Venepuncture and cannulation. 


 Administration of contrast agents. 


 Prevention, identification and treatment of anaphylaxis. 

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities1818×1-hour lectures Online timetabled recorded and live synchronous sessions
Scheduled Lerning & Teaching activities12Seminar work online timetabled synchronous sessions with ELE quizzes to support learning
Scheduled Learning & Teaching activities10Drop in/tutorial support online
Guided Independent Study16Guided self-study
Guided Independent Study94Reading, private study and revision


Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay501500 words1-14Written
Written examination online501 hour1-14iExeter and ELE


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Essay 50%Essay (1500 words)1-14August/September assessment period (referral) or May assessment period (deferral)
Written examination 50% onlineWritten examination (1 hour)1-14August/September assessment period (referral) or May assessment period (deferral)


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Not applicable

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of information that students are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Instructor(s). 


  •  Baggott R. (2004), Health and Health Care in Britain (3rd edition), Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 0-333-96159-5
  • Fincham R. and Rhodes P. (2005), Principles of Organisational Behaviour (4th edition), Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0199253975
  • Hannagan T. (2007), Management Concepts and Practices (5th edition), Financial Times Publishing/Prentice Hall, ISBN 978-0273711186
  • Higgs J. et al. (Eds) (2018), Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions (4th edition), Elsevier, ISBN 978-0702062247
  • Lilley M (2002), An A-Z of Management for Healthcare Professionals, Radcliffe-Oxford, ISBN 978-1857759532
  • Moullin M. (2002), Delivering Excellence in Health and Social Care, Open University Press, ISBN 7-80335-20888-3
  • Roberts-Phelps G. (1999), Working Smarter, Ashford Colour Press, ISBN 1-154181-47-5
  • Royal College of Radiologists and Society and College of Radiographers (2018), The radiological investigation of suspected physical abuse in children, Society and College of Radiographers,  Ref No. BFCR(17)4a
  • Society and College of Radiographers (2006), Health Care Associated Infections (HCAIs) Practical Guidance and Advice, Society and College of Radiographers, ISBN 1 871101 39 5
  • Society and College of Radiographers (2018), Obtaining consent: a clinical guideline for the diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy workforce, Society and College of Radiographers, ISBN 978-1-909802-18-6
  • Society and College of Radiographers (2013), Professional Supervision – Advice and Guidance Document, Society and College of Radiographers, ISBN 978-1-909802-00-1  

Key words search

Medical Imaging; Professional issues; Imaging; Contrast; Interprofessional; Frameworks;  Management.

Credit value15
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

Practice Placement 2 (PAM2006)

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