The extension of the role of the diagnostic radiographer in the UK National Health Service over the period 1995–2009

SMITH, S and REEVES, Pauline (2009). The extension of the role of the diagnostic radiographer in the UK National Health Service over the period 1995–2009. European Journal of Radiography, 1 (4), 108-114.

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Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.ejradi.2010.08.003

Abstract

Abstract Objective The purpose of this paper was to review the literature relating to the extension of the radiographer role in the UK National Health Service, 1995–2009; focusing on those activities where this role extension had been most pronounced. Methodology In this paper descriptive research method was used. This literature review was focused on five key research surveys together with other peer reviewed primary research articles. Government and professional bodies’ publications were also reviewed. Results The number of trusts adopting extended radiographer roles had grown considerably over the period 1995–2009, encompassing a diverse range of activities, many of which have become well established. These included radiographer reporting in ultrasound and in skeletal X-ray examinations and intravenous injection administration. Influencing factors were increased service demand, shortage of radiologists and increased capacity of radiology services and equipment. Keywords: Radiographer reporting; Advanced practice; Extended role; Diagnostic radiography; Specialist practice

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.ejradi.2010.08.003
Depositing User: Pauline Reeves
Date Deposited: 12 Aug 2011 11:51
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2011 11:51
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3784

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