Training and development of the Assistant Practitioners (APs) in radiography

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Stewart-Lord, A (2013). Training and development of the Assistant Practitioners (APs) in radiography. Radiography. 20 (1), pp. 36-41. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2013.08.003
AuthorsStewart-Lord, A
Abstract

A mixed methods study conducted over three phases (Phase I - scoping exercise, Phase II - questionnaire and Phase III - semi-structured interviews) aimed to explore the role and integration of the assistant practitioner (AP) practitioner in radiography from the AP perspective. Findings of the overall study are presented across a range of articles where this publication only presents the findings in relation to the training and education of APs from all three phases. Results showed the educational routes undertaken by APs in radiography during training. Training whilst working in the clinical department has highlighted a number of key issues relating to educational pathways and delivery methods. Findings showed that APs felt that more could be done to prepare the individual for clinical practice thereby increasing their confidence and facilitating role development. Results also identified a number of challenges in the training and education of APs in radiography. Clear routes of progression and career pathways are not available to APs in radiography. In conclusion the findings suggest the need for a review of existing educational programmes and future standardisation. The need exists to clarify the justifiable methods of training and differentiate between recognised educational qualifications to enable informed career development decisions by APs and their employers. © 2013 The College of Radiographers.

Year2013
JournalRadiography
Journal citation20 (1), pp. 36-41
PublisherElsevier
ISSN1078-8174
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2013.08.003
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Accepted05 Aug 2013
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