The Imaging Directorate is committed to providing opportunities for imaging staff to continue their professional development (CPD). The directorate strives to provide an appropriate learning environment where each individual is encouraged to achieve their full potential, enabling the delivery of a first class service to our patients.
The Directorate ensures each individual staff member undergoes an annual appraisal and creates a personal development plan. It is anticipated that the individual will also take responsibility for their own development in association with opportunities offered by the directorate.
The Directorate also encourages multidisciplinary audit and research. Radiographers are actively encouraged to carry out audit / research and implement change in line with findings. Staff are also actively encouraged to attend Directorate Audit meetings.
The Trust has an excellent Education Department based at the education centre on all three main sites. Within the education centres there are library facilities and IT access which are well established. All major medical journals are carried and there are a number of databases and research tools which can be accessed throughout the Trust.
All Radiographers should maintain a professional development portfolio, in line with requirements for state registration stipulated by Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). The Directorate supports this and provides resources help develop portfolios. The HCPC have agreed the following standards for continuing professional development (CPD).
A registrant must:
- Maintain a continuous, up-to-date and accurate record of their CPD activities;
- Demonstrate that their CPD activities are a mixture of learning activities relevant to current or future practice;
- Seek to ensure that their CPD has contributed to the quality of their practice and service delivery;
- Seek to ensure that their CPD benefits the service user;
Present a written profile containing evidence of their CPD on request.
We have recently developed training and development plans for all Radiography staff Bands 2 – 7, and we are now looking at developing training and development plans for the Imaging nursing staff and the clerical & admin team.
Protected Study Time
The Imaging Directorate across all of the sites offers each established Imaging staff member 6 days per annum protected study for CPD. This time can be used for personal development activities such as reviewing journals, audit etc. Time can also be spent away from the department in a multidisciplinary environment, for example observing an endoscopy session, meeting a play therapist on the children’s ward. Following every period of study undertaken, the individual must complete a short reflective account, highlighting identified learning needs and benefit to practice and service.