The clinical element of the programme has been designed with imaging service providers to reflect the modern 24/7 nature of health care and give you the best possible clinical education.
Clinical learning and assessment is structured to support, complement and combine with the learning undertaken in all the modules studied throughout the three years of the programme. This will ensure you develop the underpinning knowledge, skills and critical thinking to inform your clinical practice.
Placements are, in the main, provided in the imaging departments of NHS hospital Trusts throughout the West Yorkshire area. The University works very closely with its clinical partners to ensure students are well supported in their clinical practice and whilst they are away from the University. Your placement learning will be supervised by qualified HCPC registered Diagnostic Radiographers and other multiprofessional staff who will contribute to your learning and development.
During each academic year you will spend 18 weeks on clinical placement and at the start of each academic year you will receive a unique placement timetable designed to ensure that you gain the required experience to achieve the learning outcomes of the programme and allow you to develop the skills and competencies required of a registered diagnostic radiographer. Clinical placements occur mainly in blocks during each semester, alternating with block weeks at University. This allows you to fully integrate theory and practice.
As your clinical education is planned to ensure you gain the experience appropriate to your studies, you must attend your placement for the full length of time specified on your personal timetable. This equates to 100% attendance and you will be required to make good any missed placement. During your clinical placements you will gain a wide range experience relevant to the your studies in all aspects of imaging practice including CT, MRI, US, interventional, trauma and general radiography.
Learning and assessment
We use a range of learning and teaching activities to give you the knowledge and skills you need to practice competently as a diagnostic radiographer. These include:
- research informed lectures
- enquiry based activities
- practical simulations in the x-ray room
- using the picture archiving and communication system (PACS) suite to view medical images
- peer discussions and debates
- group work and presentations
- technology assisted learning (such as use of a virtual learning environment, iPads used to support learning and in-class tests, and online wikis and discussion boards)
These are designed to develop your skills as an autonomous learner, an independent and critical thinker, an effective user of interpersonal skills for the benefit of people in your care, and a team-worker.
Academic blocks of university attendance are interspaced with blocks of placement to ensure an integrated approach to theory and practice.
The programme uses diverse assessment methods to allow you to demonstrate the array of knowledge and skills you have acquired. These include assignments, patient case studies, presentations, teaching sessions to peers, research proposals and projects, objective, structured clinical examinations (OSCE), multiple choice questions, patient assessments, clinical assessments, and a professional development portfolio.
A number of platforms are used to support these assessments, including e-portfolios, computer delivered and marked examinations and use of our Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS).
Many modules allow you options in assessment. For example, one of the assessments for the Practicing Radiography in a Diverse Society module allows you to create an e-portfolio demonstrating how you have achieved the learning outcomes. Imaging in Context allows you to choose a patient pathway and write a case study to demonstrate how you have achieved the module learning outcomes.
Throughout the three years of your studies you will complete a Clinical Portfolio indicating that you have achieved required competencies. You can be creative in how you demonstrate that you have achieved these competencies.
Whilst at the University you will have a Personal Academic Tutor (PAT) assigned to you who will oversee both your academic and clinical education. The PAT system ensures that all students have a named academic point of contact and that you are effectively supported throughout your studies.
You will meet regularly with your PAT on a 1-2-1 or small group basis, and they will be able to offer you help and advice on all aspects of the course and support you with both academic and pastoral care.
Your PAT will visit you whilst on clinical placement and liaise closely with Clinical Supervisors, who are based in the clinical placement sites. The Clinical Supervisors will plan your bespoke clinical timetable and they will support you whilst on placement. The Clinical Supervisors will oversee the supervision and teaching of the HCPC qualified radiographers who you will be working closely with whilst on placement. The Clinical Supervisors are also responsible for providing you with feedback or your progress in clinical practice and assessing your practice development.
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