Interactive patient pathway days for prospective therapeutic radiography students
Walker, C., Jones, H., Simon, M., Flint, I. and Stewart-Lord, A. (2020). Interactive patient pathway days for prospective therapeutic radiography students. Radiography. 26 (1), pp. S2-S3. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2019.11.010
|Authors||Walker, C., Jones, H., Simon, M., Flint, I. and Stewart-Lord, A.|
Introduction: Currently there is a significant national shortfall in the number of potential students applying to Therapeutic Radiography courses.
This project will create an ‘Introduction to the Profession Experience’ for schools/colleges and the wider local community to raise awareness of the profession, as a potential career pathway, and recruit students to the pre-registration courses.
This presentation will focus on the results from the pilot project that was run as a collaboration between London South Bank University and Guys Cancer Centre.
Methods & Materials: Phase 1: A pilot project was conducted using current student applicants. Participants visited the Cancer Centre on a Saturday where they had the opportunity to trial different radiotherapy professional tasks and gain experience and knowledge about the profession as a whole, they were then asked to complete a survey on their experiences. Phase 2: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with participants who attended the interactive patient pathway and subsequently enrolled onto the course.
Results: Descriptive statistics, frequency tables and content analysis were used.
Preliminary results are outlined below (presentation will include tables):
Conclusion: This collaborative project allowed participants to experience practical aspects of the clinical patient pathway in a Radiotherapy centre without the patient presence.
It is anticipated that future days will replace individual work experience days, as they are less resource intensive and allowed students to gain a collective experience.
|Keywords||Student recruitment; Retention; Therapeutic radiography; Widening participation; NHS; Staffing provisions|
|Journal citation||26 (1), pp. S2-S3|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2019.11.010|
|Online||08 Jan 2020|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||01 Jan 2020|
|Deposited||28 Oct 2020|
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