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Work Based Learning - Expert/Specialist Practice CPPD

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Course overview

Health professionals are engaging in expert and specialist roles within an advanced practice framework. These roles include taking on clinical practices which were previously undertaken by radiologists and radiotherapists.

Examples of such work include interventional procedures, breast mark-up and planning for palliative treatment.

In order to provide opportunities for clinical staff engaged in, or working towards expert/specialist practice and who in the current climate within the NHS are unable to undertake taught programmes of study that necessitates time away from the workplace, there is a need for a module that will allow these practitioners to use their clinical work they are undertaking to gain academic credit.

The flexibility of the work based approach will enable more practitioners to undertake study that can lead to a credit bearing award without the need to attend formal lectures in the City. The work that individual practitioners undertake as part of this module will be embedded in clinical practice.

This module provides a framework for practitioners to gain credit whilst working towards competence in a specialist/expert clinical practice role.

You will need to ensure that you have a suitably qualified clinical supervisor who will be responsible for assessing the negotiated clinical competencies for the clinical practice being undertaken.

All students enrolling on this module must have the relevant scope of practice to undertake the module in the clinical area defined between the institution and their clinical manager.

This module is taken online.

The module start date can be negotiated.



Prerequisite knowledge

Non EEA students can only apply as part of a programme, not as a stand-alone module.

  • Honours degree in radiography (typically minimum 2:2) from a UK university or appropriate professional qualifications e.g. Diploma of College of Radiographers.
  • International qualifications in Radiography may be acceptable if the holder is able to gain registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Any applicant with non-standard qualifications may apply subject to confirmation that their qualifications are acceptable and equivalent to an Honours degree in radiography from a UK university.

    Normally applicants should have a minimum of 2 years clinical experience in their clinical specialty (e.g. radiotherapy / diagnostic imaging) before starting the module and should continue in clinical practice whilst undertaking the module.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.