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Diagnostic radiographer (integrated degree) (level 6)

Obtaining images of a high diagnostic quality using a range of complex imaging equipment.

Level
6
Equivalent to degree
Typical duration
36 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
£19,000
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Skills
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Undertake basic patient observations, recognise a deteriorating patient, and manage immediately and appropriately.
  • Manage time and resources and prioritise workload according to clinical needs.
  • Build and sustain professional relationships and work independently, as part of the imaging team, as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and providing supervision as appropriate.
  • Communicate appropriately with each individual patient, their families and carers, involving them in decision making, where appropriate, and the multi-disciplinary team adapting a style for each individual to provide holistic care, taking account of circumstances and environments.
  • Collate and record information from different sources and critically evaluate to make a logical, informed decision using this information, and communicate decisions appropriately and in a timely way.
  • Critically assess a clinical or professional situation and respond accordingly eg raising concerns as appropriate
  • Use good radiographic techniques and modify as clinically appropriate. Have the technical ability to manipulate a range of equipment, whilst maintaining patient comfort and adequately communicate with patients and colleagues to ensure the safe movement of patients into imaging position. Use appropriate touch techniques to locate external bony landmarks.
  • Recognise normal and abnormal image appearances and when to act upon them. Use abnormality alert systems such as a preliminary clinical evaluation.
  • Assess image technical standard according to a recognised methodology.
  • Provide patient care in accordance with patient condition e.g. patient personal hygiene, basic life support, first aid, basic patient care needs and deliver, where appropriate, brief clinical preventative advice interventions.
  • Respect and maintain patient privacy and dignity at all times in all environments, including emergency situations.
  • Maintain accurate and confidential information using, for example, Radiology Information Systems (RIS), Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) etc.
  • Maintain data protection and patient confidentiality in clinical practice and complete relevant concise, factual reports and documentation.
  • Use appropriate Personal protective Equipment (PPE) for staff, patients and members of the public.
  • Use radiation protection techniques safely and appropriately, including distraction/immobilisation techniques to effectively minimise overall radiation dose. Appropriate use of radiation dose software. Manipulate exposure factors according to patient condition to create a diagnostic image with the lowest practicable radiation dose.
  • Adopt Imaging and organisational policies, procedures, protocols, guidance and legislation into the clinical environment under different circumstances and situations.
  • Supervise, facilitate learning, motivate and share reasoned clinical judgement with others.
  • Use Quality Assurance tools/equipment, to analyse and interpret results and act upon them in a safe manner.
  • Read and critically analyse research articles, utilise basic research skills and apply research findings to practice.

Full information on Diagnostic radiographer (integrated degree) (level 6) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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