The reporting radiographer's role: a contemporary insight

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Benwell, MJ and Fowler, P (2017). The reporting radiographer's role: a contemporary insight. journal of Social Science & Allied Health Professions. 1 (1), pp. 6-11.
AuthorsBenwell, MJ and Fowler, P

The aims of this study were to determine how the skills of reporting radiographers are being utilised and how reporting radiographers fulfil their mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) commitment. Data were collected via an anonymous postal questionnaire from qualified diagnostic radiographers who were working in the NHS and who had successfully completed a post-registration qualification in radiographic reporting. There was a total return of 81 questionnaires. The majority of reporting radiographers report for at least half a day per week with a small number undertaking this role for the entire week. For most respondents qualifying as a reporting radiographer had a positive effect on their grade however a substantial proportion stated that their grade had not changed. Most of the respondents were audited on a regular basis with peer review being more prevalent than review by radiologist. Reporting radiographers were actively engaged in reporting related CPD with study days and activities in journals being more popular and e-learning the least preferred. The ability of reporting radiographers to undertake both reporting and image acquisition roles means they are a versatile workforce that has a positive impact on service delivery. Reporting radiographers are highly motivated to maintain their skills, develop their knowledge base and extend their role.

Keywordsreporting; radiographer; CPD
Journaljournal of Social Science & Allied Health Professions
Journal citation1 (1), pp. 6-11
PublisherSocial Science and Allied Health Professionals
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Print03 Mar 2017
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Deposited13 Mar 2017
Accepted03 Mar 2017
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