The changing role of pre-admission work experience (clinical visits) in therapeutic radiography, diagnostic radiography and operating department practice: Academic perspectives (part 2).

IBBOTSON, Rachel, ALI, Nancy, CADMAN, Victoria, BURKE, Gemma, SHUTE, Elizabeth, ELKINGTON, Marcus and NIGHTINGALE, Julie (2022). The changing role of pre-admission work experience (clinical visits) in therapeutic radiography, diagnostic radiography and operating department practice: Academic perspectives (part 2). Radiography.

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    Abstract

    INTRODUCTION: A clinical visit (work experience) provides an opportunity for prospective students, prior to registration, to visit a clinical department to observe health professionals in practice. The Covid-19 pandemic interrupted access to clinical visits; this article explores the value of clinical visits and the alternatives implemented as a response to Covid-19 restrictions from an academic perspective. METHODS: This article reports the quantitative phase of a three-phase mixed methods study. A survey was distributed to Higher Education Institution (HEI) education leaders for onward distribution to academics supporting recruitment for diagnostic radiography, therapeutic radiography and operating department practice programmes. Qualtrics online survey software was used to administer the survey which was launched in October 2020. Descriptive statistics summarised the data. RESULTS: Representing 37.7% (n = 18/49) of eligible universities, 34 responses from 18 HEIs across England and Wales were received Seventy-eight percent of respondents strongly agreed that they are vital in confirming career choices. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, 64% of respondents' programmes had a clinical visit requirement, yet with improvements in simulation and online learning alternatives, 48% agreed that in the longer-term clinical visits will become obsolete. CONCLUSION: Requirements for clinical visits vary between professions and HEIs; academics welcome an opportunity to standardise work experience. Regardless of prospective student background and selected profession/university, all should have equitable and easily available access to high quality resources to support career decision-making. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: The enforced withdrawal of clinical visits may impact upon subsequent attrition associated with 'misinformed career choice'. Alternatives to clinical visits, while less onerous for students, admissions staff and clinical colleagues alike, need to be carefully evaluated to ensure they offer prospective students a realistic understanding of the profession.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Education; Healthcare careers; Radiography; Recruitment; Work shadowing; Workforce; 1103 Clinical Sciences; Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2022.08.003
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2022 09:44
    Last Modified: 08 Sep 2022 09:44
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30685

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