Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions


Professional Practice 3

Module titleProfessional Practice 3
Module codeRAD3002DA
Academic year2021/2
Module staff

Mr Mike Gundry (Convenor)

Mrs Julie Mills (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

Please see note below

Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

Please note that Degree Apprenticeship programmes have variable start dates and modules are taught across the full year. 

The aim of this module is to consolidate your prior learning and to prepare you for practice.  This module will deepen your understanding of the legislative and professional framework that governs radiographers together with associated managerial, professional and interprofessional issues encountered in clinical practice. The resulting framework of knowledge and skills supports safe and equitable practice. This module enables understanding of mental health and further develops communication skills. You will get the opportunity to apply what you have learned about evidence-based practice by undertaking an audit, service evaluation or research project. 

The module commences with an attendance block at the University of Exeter with an emphasis on face-to-face learning. The module then runs over a 12 month period with two further block attendances across the year for further face-to-face learning. In the non-block weeks there will be protected ‘off the job’ learning (one day (7.5 hours) per week) supported by e-learning materials provided by the academic team. The full calendar of activities and assessment will be made available via the handbook. Annual leave may be booked in accordance with the requirements laid out in the handbook.

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to consolidate your prior learning so that you enter the profession of diagnostic radiography fully equipped to be an informed, evidence based, compassionate practitioner.


During this module you will develop the skills and knowledge to fulfil the non-clinical aspect of your role as a diagnostic radiographer. You will gain further knowledge of issues and processes relating to equitable provision, compliance, governance and professional responsibility. You will build upon the foundations of evidence-based practice and research already gained by planning, undertaking and evaluating a workplace-based audit or service evaluation project, or a research project (which might be in the workplace or at the university) written up to be suitable for publication. You will learn about mental health, resilience and self-care. You will further develop your communication skills and will learn how to communicate professional opinion (service evaluation findings).


This module further develops your academic writing skills and IT skills relating to data handling, analysis and presentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Discuss interprofessional working and demonstrate awareness of the range of roles within healthcare
  • 2. Demonstrate awareness of improvement methodology, clinical audit and service improvement skills to ensure quality of practice
  • 3. Demonstrate an awareness of leadership, associated skills, and its role within healthcare
  • 4. Discuss key psychological and sociological concepts relating to healthcare both for patient and self as practitioner, including resilience, self-care and emotional intelligence.
  • 5. Discuss professional principles relating to both the practice and development of radiography

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 6. Demonstrate conceptual understanding of radiography practice that enables you to devise and write an argument, use the evidence base and the ability to make use make use of scholarly reviews and primary resources.

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 7. Manage time and, with guidance, prioritise workloads
  • 8. Demonstrate knowledge of effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills including communicating professional opinion

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:



Interprofessional working and impact upon patient pathways and care

Role of other professions and services in healthcare

Role of occupational health



Audit, service evaluation project or research, including collection and analysis of data

Improvement methodology, clinical audit to ensure service quality

Role of service users in improving services

Experts by experience involvement in care strategy and research.

The role of Patient Advisory Liaison Services (PALS)

Using complaints and feedback to improve care



Theories of leadership

Human factors and culture

Role of the advanced and consultation practitioner, and the practice educator

Role modelling



How dis5ease and trauma processes might impact upon individuals providing care

Mental health awareness, including stress, burn out



Emotional intelligence



Context of healthcare provision including structures and policies of the NHS

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

Financial management in an NHS Trust.

Personnel management in an NHS Trust.

Using incident reporting to improve practice

Legal and ethical considerations

The role of the radiographer and suspected physical abuse in children

Empowering service users to participate in decision making processes relating to their own care

Health and Care Professions Council Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics

Society and College of Radiographers Code of Professional Conduct

Development of radiography as a profession

Radiographer role in health promotion, health education and health screening

Preparing for practice

Transition from student to practitioner (personal development)

Awareness of personal assumptions, values, beliefs, attitudes and potential impact upon appropriate patient interactions

Supervising other staff – understanding of supervision policies, scope of role etc

Immunisation requirements for practice



Use appropriate sources of information to develop own knowledge

Demonstrate problem solving skills

Use appropriate IT skills for data acquisition, data analysis, presentation of results etc.



Manage time

Prioritise workloads

Organise a piece of work (service evaluation)



Effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills including communicating professional opinion (service evaluation findings)

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 and teaching activities99 x 1 hour lectures
Scheduled learning and teaching activities93 x 3 hour practical sessions / SEMINARS
Scheduled learning and teaching activities4040 x 1 hour e-learning resources
Guided independent study29Directed reading, private study and revision
This module is delivered as part of an integrated degree apprenticeship programme. The total required study hours for the programme have been designed in accordance with the ESFA regulations.


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Not applicable

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
Service Evaluation report/Research Project753000 words2, 6-8Written
Viva2525 minutes1-8Written


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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Service Evaluation report/ Research Project (75%)Service Evaluation report/ Research Project (3000 words)2, 6-86 weeks after exam board (January / February reassessment week)
Viva (25%)Viva (25 minutes)1-86 weeks after exam board (January / February reassessment week)

Re-assessment notes

This programme runs to a non-standard timetable, assessment weeks and Assessment, Progression & Awarding Committees (APACs) for both initial and deferred assessments are held as per the programme’s published timetable.

Each component of this module must be passed. Reassessment should be of the original assessment with additional preparation / revisions made to bring performance up to passing standard. The referred assessment will be capped at the pass mark. The module mark will not be capped. If any component is not passed at the final referral attempt, the module is capped at 39%.


Module has an active ELE page

Indicative learning resources - Other resources

Society & College of Radiographers Current Policy and Guidance Document library including:

  • Code of Professional Conduct, College of Radiographers (2013), Society and College of Radiographers,
  • Principles for continuing professional development and lifelong learning in health and social care, Society and College of Radiographers,
  • Obtaining consent: a clinical guideline for the diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy workforce, Society and College of Radiographers,
  • Guidance on mental capacity decisions in diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy, Society and College of Radiographers
  • Professional supervision – Advice & Guidance Document, Society and College of Radiographers
  • The radiological investigation of suspected physical abuse in children

Key words search

Medical Imaging; Images; Care; Diseases; Trauma; Patient Implications; Contrast; Procedures; Health Service Evaluation, Quality Improvement, Audit, Research

Credit value30
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

RAD2001DA, RAD2003DA, RAD2004DA

Module co-requisites

RAD3003DA, RAD3004DA

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