Clinical Imaging Foundation

MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate Clinical Reporting*

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This postgraduate clinical reporting programme was the first of its kind to be validated and the pioneering work of this institution has been recognised as ‘ground-breaking’ and ‘sector-leading’. Research associated with the course has received international recognition.

 

Members of the programme team have received awards for their work in this field, including the previous Programme Director who received the Fellowship of The College of Radiographers in 2010 and more recently a Clinical Academic, who was nominated as the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer Practice Innovator of the Year and AHP of the Year for 2017.

This course is designed for practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the interpretation of medical images, and is jointly validated by the College of Radiographers (pending final approval in June 2019). It provides support for developing service requirements for reporting radiographers and other healthcare practitioners at consultant and advanced practitioner levels. The aims of the programme and learning outcomes of modules encompass the four pillars of advanced clinical practice as described by Higher Education England, namely: management, leadership, education and research.

The teaching team, which includes consultant radiologists and reporting radiographers (advanced practitioners/consultant radiographers), has specialist knowledge and research interests in the range of subject areas offered.

The team has been commended for its use of research to inform learning and teaching, as well as for the degree of flexibility – meeting both student and stakeholder needs. 

This programme is aimed at registered practitioners with an appropriate level of professional practice and post­ registration development who wish to extend their scope of practice by undertaking clinical reporting. Practitioners will be working in a relevant field of radiographic practice and will have sufficient access to the relevant range of clinical practice to support their studies. 

Most students complete a postgraduate certificate (PgC) or postgraduate diploma (PgD) in their chosen field/s of study. Following completion of a PgD, students may go on to complete a Masters degree. Open modules are also available and can be tailored to each individual’s needs.

The course options primarily consist of clusters of modules offered at Postgraduate level with modules attracting 10 or 20 level 7 credit points, as outlined in the ‘Further Module Information’ section. Students are required to complete 60 level 7 credits to be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate, 120 for a Postgraduate Diploma and 180 for an MSc.

Approximately 10 hours per week is spent on independent study, giving you considerable flexibility in managing your learning time.

The below information shows the range of pathways offered as a PgC and the associated modules for each.

Postgraduate Certificate (PgC)

PgC Clinical Reporting pathways 

Modules within each pathway are compulsory.

PgC Clinical Reporting (Muscoskeletal)

  • Foundations of Clinical Reporting (Musculoskeletal) (10 credits)
  • Musculoskeletal I (20 credits)
  • Musculoskeletal II (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management in Clinical Reporting (Musculoskeletal) (10 credits)

PgC Clinical Reporting (Adult Chest)

  • Foundations of Clinical Reporting (Adult Chest) (10 credits)
  • Adult Chest I (20 credits)
  • Adult Chest II (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management in Clinical Reporting (Adult Chest)

PgC Clinical Reporting (MRI General Investigations)

  • Foundations of Clinical Reporting (MRI General Investigations) (10 credits)
  • MRI General Investigations I (20 credits)
  • MRI General Investigations II (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management in Clinical Reporting (MRI General Investigations) (10 credits)

Postgraduate Diploma

If you wish to continue your studies to gain a PgD you may continue by completing a further pathway in clinical reporting or by completion of a range of 20 or 40 credit modules. Further details are available on request.

MSc Clinical Reporting

Having completed six modules (Postgraduate Diploma) you can achieve the MSc Clinical Reporting by completing:

  • Research Approaches and Methods module
  • Research Dissertation (40 or 60 credit module as required)

 Read more in 'further module information' below.

Modules are pathway specific including Foundations of Clinical Reporting and Leadership & Management in Clinical Reporting.

Development of initial competencies within the student’s chosen pathway will be achieved in the Foundations of Clinical Reporting Module. This is delivered at the start of each PgC and will also focus on the role of a reporting radiographer in an interprofessional context.

The Leadership and Management module aims to develop the leadership skills required for reporting in practice within the chosen pathway. Service improvement and an innovative approach to clinical practice will be nurtured in keeping with competencies expected in advanced practice.

A standalone 20 credit module is offered for the abdomen.

Open modules (20 or 40 credits) provide an opportunity for students to study a specific area of clinical reporting practice that might otherwise be unavailable due to low numbers of students applying and/ or due to the distinct nature of the area of practice which is not included as a current module option. Examples may include reporting of one or more of the following: barium investigations, MRI head and/or cervical spine, hysterosalpingography and MRI breast. Up to 60 credits may be completed through open or standalone modules to gain a PgD Clinical Reporting where students have already completed a PgC Clinical Reporting (Musculoskeletal, Adult Chest or MRI General Investigations).

Successful completion of this course provides you with the skills and knowledge to enter or continue your career as an advanced practitioner or consultant within the radiography profession. Those who would like to continue to further pursue their academic potential will be able to apply for a place on the doctoral programme (MPhil/PhD) at Canterbury Christ Church University.

In keeping with the University’s Learning and Teaching strategy, the programme is learner centred and is orientated significantly towards workplace partnerships; using work based materials and the normal work environment as a source and site of learning.

Regular briefing sessions are held at the University throughout the programme to direct learning activities, and provide tutorial support. Teaching for the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma is delivered by senior lecturers, experienced reporting radiographers and Consultant Radiologists. At each briefing block students complete test banks and regular vivas are undertaken to test knowledge and progression.

You should expect to commit around ten hours per week in independent study.

Fees

2019/20 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time N/A N/A
Part-time £855 per module £1,485 per module

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2019/20 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

Your knowledge and skills will be informally assessed on an ongoing basis throughout the pathway through a  range of methods and processes. You will have opportunity to receive formative feedback on your work at various points during the course through a variety of learning activities.

Formal or summative assessment will take place throughout the pathway and are scheduled to meet University guidance and to enable appropriate feedback to be returned to students in between assessments.

Assessment of knowledge and skills may include written essays/reports, reflective writing, case studies, oral/poster presentations or Objective Structured Examinations (OSE). All assessments focus on your ability to progress and integrate theory and practice.

Candidates must offer a degree or professional diploma in radiography or its equivalent in a relevant discipline. Applicants must also be a registered practitioner with at least two years’ professional practice and postregistration professional development. In selecting applicants for interview the University will also look for:

  • two references, one from your potential Radiologist Mentor
  • a letter of support from your workplace.

Applicants are only offered a place after an interview. At the interview the University takes into account your:

  • clinical experience in the operation of abnormality detection and initial image interpretation schemes
  • aptitude for participation in the role development activities, in particular clinical reporting  
  • commitment and ability to study at this level.

Recruitment for this course considers not only the values of your specific profession, but also the values of the wider NHS. You can expect your offer to be based upon these values, as well as course any specific requirements. More information on values can be found here.

Apply Direct / Part-time study

Location Length Start  
MSc Clinical Reporting apply
Canterbury 1 year full-time September 2020
MSc Clinical Reporting apply
Canterbury 3 years part-time September 2020
Postgraduate Certificate In Clinical Reporting (Adult Chest) apply
Canterbury 1 year part-time September 2020
Postgraduate Certificate In Clinical Reporting (Adult Chest) apply
Canterbury 1 year part-time September 2020
Postgraduate Certificate In Clinical Reporting (Adult Chest) apply
Canterbury 1 year part-time May 2021
Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Reporting (Appendicular Skeleton) apply
Canterbury 1 year part-time March 2021
Postgraduate Certificate In Clinical Reporting (Axial Skeleton) apply
Canterbury 1 year part-time September 2020
Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Reporting (MRI: General Investigations) apply
Medway 1 year part-time September 2020
Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Reporting (MRI: General Investigations) apply
Canterbury 1 year part-time January 2021
Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Reporting (MRI: General Investigations) apply
Medway 1 year part-time April 2021
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Reporting apply
Canterbury 2 years part-time September 2020
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Reporting (Appendicular and Axial Skeleton) apply
Canterbury 2 years part-time September 2020
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Reporting (MRI - General Investigations Head and Cervical Spine) apply
Canterbury 2 years part-time August 2020

For further information and/or to discuss/register your interest in any of the postgraduate Clinical Reporting Pathways please contact:

Lisa Pittock, MSc Clinical Reporting Programme Director

Tel: 01227 923825

Email: lisa.pittock@canterbury.ac.uk

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UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 4 years part-time

Entry requirements

  • Degree at 2.2 or above or Professional Diploma in Radiography or its equivalent in a relevant discipline. Applicants must be a registered practitioner with at least two years' professional practice and post- registration development.

    Two references, one from the applicant's potential Radiologist Mentor. A letter of support from the workplace. Applicants may also be required to attend an interview.

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