Degree apprenticeships for the radiography profession; are clinical departments ready?

SEVENS, Trudy, NIGHTINGALE, Julie and ALI, Nancy (2021). Degree apprenticeships for the radiography profession; are clinical departments ready? Radiography.

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    Introduction The recently approved degree apprenticeships for diagnostic and therapeutic radiography and sonography offer a new route into the professions in the UK. The work based nature of apprenticeships is reliant on employers embracing the positive impacts they can offer; however recent studies highlight there is still a lack of understanding around radiography apprenticeships. This study investigated diagnostic and therapeutic radiography and sonography managers' perceptions of and readiness for degree apprenticeships. Methods Qualitative and quantitative data was collated by an online questionnaire survey to capture employers' perspectives of degree apprenticeships. Participants (n = 17) were recruited through social media and advertisements in professional journals and websites. The numerical data was analysed using descriptive statistics and framework analysis was used to analyse textual data. Results Almost all the participants were planning to employ apprentices, believing they would increase the diversity and sustainability of the workforce. Three themes emerged; barriers and facilitators to employing apprentices, impact of apprentices on the local workforce and impact of apprentices on the wider workforce. Managers raised concerns about the cost of apprentice training however, encouragingly, none of the participants identified extreme challenges in employing apprentices. Conclusion Recommendations were formulated to increase awareness, understanding and employment of apprentices. Further clarity was needed on the role of mentors and the academic and practice education split and strong collaborations between clinical departments and higher education institutions was imperative. Implications for practice With careful implementation, degree apprenticeships can help widen participation, grow the workforce, and facilitate support worker career development.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging; 1103 Clinical Sciences
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    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2021 15:24
    Last Modified: 08 Sep 2021 09:00

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