Assistant Practitioners (APs) in radiography: An exploration of perceptions and experiences related to role development

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Stewart-Lord, A, Ballinger, C and McLaren, SM (2013). Assistant Practitioners (APs) in radiography: An exploration of perceptions and experiences related to role development. Radiography. 20 (2), pp. 137-142. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2013.11.001
AuthorsStewart-Lord, A, Ballinger, C and McLaren, SM
Abstract

A mixed methods study was undertaken to investigate the role of Assistant Practitioners (APs) in radiography from an AP perspective and to explore how their roles have been integrated into the radiography workforce across England. The quantitative survey was followed by a qualitative study utilising semi-structured interviews, findings of which are presented in this paper. Thirty eight face to face, semi-structured interviews were conducted. Thematic analysis allowed the researcher to report experiences and meanings for APs, through a process of identifying, analysis and reporting patterns. Three main themes and eight sub-themes emerged from the data analyses. The first theme showed how participants felt the AP role developed over time. AP practice revealed a range of roles and responsibilities which resulted in confusing boundaries. Participants felt uncertain about their future role as APs. The second theme reflected on the factors that influenced the participants' perceptions. Findings showed that the acceptance of APs changed over time. Participants believed that they were competent to perform their roles and responsibilities. The third and final theme focused on the facilitating and constraining factors in AP practice. Supervision was seen as a constraining internal factor highlighting the fact that supervision practices varied across departments. In conclusion findings have identified a need for revised supervisory standards to inform departmental protocols and procedures. © 2013 The College of Radiographers.

Keywords1103 Clinical Sciences; Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
Year2013
JournalRadiography
Journal citation20 (2), pp. 137-142
PublisherElsevier
ISSN1078-8174
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2013.11.001
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Print02 Dec 2013
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Accepted06 Nov 2013
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