The programme integrates theory and clinical learning to develop a series of modules that have as a central theme the dimensions of professional practice set against an interprofessional experience. In combining the two, students gain an essential understanding of client centred care, based on the assessment of need and provision of holistic care.
The course is modular with six modules being taken at each academic level. The students study four radiography specific modules each year; these are:
- The Human Body
- Radiation Science
- Radiographic Practice
- Image Interpretation
Within these themed modules the level of knowledge and complexity will increase year on year.
At the end of the first year the student will have learnt the fundamental aspects of general x-ray examinations and the concepts of professionalism. Topics will include healthcare ethics, safe effective practice, communication and patient care, including the social and psychological factors relating to health and wellbeing. In year two radiographic practice and technique for fluoroscopy and mobile examinations is considered in conjunction with the impact on the service user undergoing these examinations. By the end of year three students will be able to develop and critically evaluate the principles of good radiographic practice with service users and carers while demonstrating sensitivity to particular needs and being able to place this practice within the context of professional autonomy. In addition to the profession specific modules the student will also study two modules each year in conjunction with all the students undertaking professional programmes in health and social care. These modules are centred on the values that we share rather than specific elements of knowledge.
In year one the focus will be on professional values, beliefs and behaviours. The second year challenges the professional stereotyping in health and social care and explores the concepts of collaboration and team working in health and social care. In year three these concepts are extended to encompass complex situations and how professional practice is developed and maintained.
Clinical Education and Practice
Clinical education and clinical practice are pivotal to the Diagnostic Radiography programme. Approximately 50% of learning occurs within the clinical setting as structured workplace learning activities reinforced by a theoretical context developed during periods of academic study. Clinical placements are arranged at a number of hospitals both NHS and private throughout Kent and East Sussex including Canterbury, Dartford, Maidstone, Gillingham, Margate, Ashford, Hastings, Eastbourne and Tunbridge Wells. Specialist experience may also be gained at other centres within the region.
Theoretical and Practical Knowledge and Skill
Radiographic practice is based on a scientific theoretical base which spans the physical, biological, social and behavioural disciplines. The links between theory and application to practice are at the forefront of the rationale underpinning the structure and content of the programme.
Personal and Professional Development
Technological advances and changing patterns of health and social care have given radiographers unique opportunities to advance the boundaries of radiographic practice. The basis for these role developments is rooted in effective education.
The Diagnostic Radiography programme has been designed to ensure graduating practitioners have the professional, educational and personal skills necessary to meet the challenges of the future.
Development of Research Knowledge and Skills
An integral part of the Diagnostic Radiography programme is the development of sound research skills which encourage and enable practitioners to evaluate and improve professional practice throughout their career. In addition to basic research skills students will consider the ethical issues related to clinically based research and the importance of enquiry into issues which cross the professional boundaries.