Assistant Radiographic Practice (Certificate)
The Assistant Practitioner programme is a one-year full time day release course designed for NHS support personnel who wish to develop their skills and role as a member of the radiography team. It comprises 25% academic-based and 75% work-based learning and leads to the award of Certificate of Higher Education in Assistant Radiographic Practice. Assistant practitioners perform protocol-limited tasks under the direction and supervision of a radiographer. The programme prepares Assistant Practitioners for one of the following areas of radiographic practice:
Assistant Practitioners in diagnostic radiography perform non-complex diagnostic radiographic procedures on ambulant adult patients. Their work is mainly based in General X-ray rooms where they perform many of the basic radiographic examinations. They may work in other radiographic imaging areas in accordance with the NHS Trust’s agreed protocols.
Radiotherapy & Oncology
Assistant Practitioners in radiotherapy and oncology assist radiographers in treatment rooms, particularly those providing palliative care. They may help to perform other radiotherapy treatments in accordance with the NHS Trust’s protocols.
Assistant Practitioners in screening mammography perform basic mammographic examinations within the asymptomatic breast screening programme. Working on the mobile screening vans, they assist radiographers in providing and maintaining an efficient breast screening service.
1 year full time.
The programmes have been approved by The Society and College of Radiographers.
To enter the programme a student must:
- Be employed and have a training position in a Radiology Imaging department, or Breast Screening department or Radiotherapy department.
- Have a minimum of 5 GCSEs including English Language or a suitable Access Course.
Applicants who have not followed a traditional or focused programme of study will be considered on individual merits.