Expectations of radiographer reporting roles: A multimethod evaluation across a single imaging network.

HOUSE, S., SNAITH, B. and SEVENS, Trudy (2023). Expectations of radiographer reporting roles: A multimethod evaluation across a single imaging network. Radiography, 29 (6), 1070-1076.

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Prior studies have demonstrated inconsistent development and utilisation of radiographers in the reporting of radiographs, and there is ongoing consideration of the level at which such radiographers should be educated to and operating at. This study aimed to explore and evaluate expectation and utilisation of radiographers currently, or training in, reporting in projection radiography across one integrated care system (ICS).


A multi-method approach was utilised, with document analysis of projection radiography reporting role job descriptions and person specifications and an online survey of managers and clinical leads. A single ICS in the north of England formed the setting for the study.


This study demonstrated variation in implementation and utilisation of the role across trusts within the ICS. Inconsistencies in scope, expected underpinning education and role activity were identified. Radiographers autonomously reporting in projection radiography were titled advanced practitioners, however are not expected to achieve national educational standards for such roles and are not empowered to work at this level of practice by their employers. It was acknowledged that staffing pressures hinder appropriate role utilisation and reporting capacity.


Inconsistent development and utilisation of radiographers in such roles may hamper collaboration and service delivery across a network. Identifying variation and working towards role standardisation could promote cross-organisational working and improve career progression opportunities.

Implications for practice

Scoping the reporting radiographer workforce may assist and guide future imaging service and workforce planning.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans; Radiography; Motivation; Clinical Competence; Allied Health Personnel; England; Advanced practice; Imaging network; Job description; Radiographer reporting; Humans; Motivation; Clinical Competence; Radiography; England; Allied Health Personnel; 1103 Clinical Sciences; Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging; 3202 Clinical sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2023.09.001
Page Range: 1070-1076
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2023 12:58
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2023 13:00
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32816

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