RTT advanced practice and how it can change the future of radiotherapy

DUFFTON, Aileen, HARNETT, Nicole, MCNAIR, Helen A, BENNETT, Erica, CLARKSON, Melanie, GUILHERME COUTO, Jose, LAWLER, Gavin, MATTHEWS, Kristie, OLIVEIRA, Celeste, ROZANEC, Natalie, SIMÕES, Rita and TSANG, Yatman (2024). RTT advanced practice and how it can change the future of radiotherapy. Technical Innovations & Patient Support in Radiation Oncology, 30: 100245.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tipsro.2024.100245
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The radiation therapy (RT) landscape is continuously evolving, necessitating adaptation in roles and responsibilities of radiation therapists (RTTs). Advanced Practice Radiation Therapists (APRTs) have taken on a proactive role in expanding services and assuming responsibilities within multi-professional teams. A European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO) brought geographically diverse and experienced RTTs together, to discuss how advanced practice (AP) in the RTT profession should be future-proofed and create a global platform for collaboration. Challenges in achieving consensus and standardisation of APRT was identified across jurisdictions, emphasising the importance of international collaboration. Whilst highlighting the pivotal role of APRTs in driving innovation, improving patient care, and navigating the complexities of modern RT practice, this position paper presents outcomes and recommendations from the workshop. Discussions highlighted the need for standardised role definitions, education frameworks, regulatory support, and career development pathways to enable the advancement of APRT effectively. Increasing networks and collaboration is recommended to ensure APRTs can shape the future of RT.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Advanced practice; Radiation therapist; Radiation therapy; Role development
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tipsro.2024.100245
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2024 10:12
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2024 15:26
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33616

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