Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions


Professional Skills for Radiographers

Module titleProfessional Skills for Radiographers
Module codePAM3015
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Dr Sue Hopkins (Convenor)

Mrs Julie Mills (Convenor)

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 responsibility.

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. to 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. awareness of improvement methodology to ensure quality improvement, clinical audit and service improvement skills;
  • 10. professional issues; mentorship, PGDs for drug administration by non-prescribers, 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. 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

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)

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.

Financial management in an NHS Trust.

Personnel management in an NHS Trust.

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

Equality and diversity in healthcare practice.

External factors and benefits of inter-professional working.

Service-user focused care.

Experts by experience involvement in care strategy and research.

Practical training in advanced patient care

Venupuncture and cannulation.

Administration of contrast agents.

Prevention, identification and treatment of anaphylaxis.

Defibrillation and resuscitation procedures.

Imaging Modalities from a Management Perspective

Comparison of all the imaging modalities

Appropriate choice of imaging modality

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 Activities2020×1-hour lectures Online timetabled and recorded synchronous sessions with ELE follow on discussion
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities20Practical work Online timetabled and recorded synchronous sessions with ELE quizzes to support learning CSRC sessions delivered face to face with PPE and SD measures in place
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities5Tutorial support online if needed
Guided independent study14Guided self-study
Guided independent study141Reading, 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
Essay502000 words1-14Written
Written examination - online502 hours1-14iExeter 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%)Essay1-14August/September assessment period (referral) or May assessment period (deferral)
Written examination 50% onlineWritten examination1-14August/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).


Health and Health Care in Britain, Baggott R. (2004), (3rd edition), Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 0-333-96159-5 (UL: 362.10941 BAG)

Principles of Organisational Behaviour, Fincham R. and Rhodes P. (1999),  (r3d edition), Oxford Press, ISBN 0-19-877577-6 (UL: 658.3 FIN/X)

Management Concepts and Practices, Hannagan T. (1998),  (n2d edition), Financial Times Publishing, ISBN 0-273-63103-9 (UL: 658 HAN)

Clinical Reasoning in the Health Professions, Higgs J. and others (2008), (3rd edition), Butterworth-Heinemann, ISBN 978-0750688857 (UL: WB 141 CLI)

Delivering Excellence in Health and Social Care, Moulin M. (2002),Open University Press, ISBN 7-80335-20888-3 (UL: XXX)

Working Smarter, Roberts-Phelps G. (1999), Ashford Colour Press, ISBN 1-154181-47-5 (UL: 658.5421 ROB)

The Child and the Law: The Roles and Responsibilities of the Radiographer, College of Radiographers (2005), Society and College of Radiographers, ISBN 1-87110-127-1 (UL: PAM 616.0757 CHI/X)

Health Care Associated Infections (HCAIs) Practical Guidance and Advice, College of Radiographers (2006), Society and College of Radiographers, ISBN 1-87110-139-5 (UL: XXX)

Clinical Supervision Framework, College of Radiographers (2003), Society and College of Radiographers, ISBN 1-871101-02-6 (UL: PAM 616.0757 CLI/X)

Management and Managing: Leadership in the NHS, Walton M. (1997),  (n2d edition), Stanley Thomas Ltd, ISBN 9-9780748-73324-8 (UL: WX 135 WAL)

Key words search

Medical Imaging; Practical; Issues; Imaging; Contrast; Interprofessional; Trust; Frameworks; Modality; Agent; Management.

Credit value20
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

Practice Placement 2 (PAM2006)

Available as distance learning?


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