To work as a radiographer in the UK you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The HCPC regulates 15 health and care professions and this includes therapeutic and diagnostic radiographers.
A therapeutic radiographer often provides care for cancer patients by planning and delivering treatment using radiation. While a diagnostic radiographer will diagnose injuries and diseases by producing and / or interpreting high-quality images of the body.
To be HCPC registered, means a radiographer meets the required professional standards needed to provide safe and effective patient care. Registration also means a commitment to undertake regular continued professional development (CPD), to ensure they continued to learn and develop their skills and knowledge.
The Clinical Imaging elearning programme provides radiographers with a quick and easy CPD option. By supporting radiographer development, our programme helps to continue improve the care patients receive when undergoing treatment.
The College of Radiographers developed the Clinical Imaging e-learning programme (previously known as Image Interpretation) in collaboration with the Health Education England elearning for Healthcare programme.
We designed our programme to support the development of all imaging staff in areas of clinical practice and importantly enhancing the patient experience.
Launched in 2010, the programme initially had 20 learning sessions (online course modules). As of February 2022 there are over 470 free sessions that form the Clinical Imaging programme.
Video: A selection of feedback from healthcare professionals who have undertaken part of the Clinical Imaging programme. Please note: the video has no sound.
Our patient care sessions focus on improving understanding of how to provide imaging services to patients with disabilities, dementia and those with specific needs along with topics such as consent for procedures, clinical governance and professional development.
Clinically, our course covers a range of topics providing bite-sized content to help enhance and maintain imaging skills in Radiography, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Ultrasound. This also includes developing reporting skills for those working in specialised modalities. For example:
While our free resource is open to all health and care professionals in the NHS, the Clinical Imaging programme is there to support imaging professionals (including assistant practitioners, students, sonographers, early career radiographers and those involved in research, reporting and advanced practice) enhance their skills.
To view an example of a programme session, select one of the options below:
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The Clinical Imaging team meet regularly to review the performance of existing content, monitor feedback and develop new elearning sessions that reflect changes in imaging and the wider NHS.
As of February 2022, we know that:
In 2022 we are launching sessions covering bone and soft tissue pathology seen on conventional radiographs and we will begin our next development phase covering paediatric pathology.