New medical imaging degree provides career boost for diagnostic radiographers
Diagnostic radiographers can now help boost their career prospects thanks to a new part-time postgraduate degree offered by Queen Margaret University (QMU), Edinburgh.
MSc Medical Imaging is approved by the Society and College of Radiographers, providing continuous professional development (CPD) opportunities for diagnostic radiographers. The Ultrasound programme is also now fully accredited by the Consortium of Sonographic Education (CASE).
Modules in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Clinical Reporting and Ultrasound are being delivered through work-based learning; distance e-learning and block attendance.
CPD is a requirement for all allied health professions in the UK in order to secure re-registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to retain the right to practice within the UK. Radiographers are required to evidence their learning and to demonstrate how this learning has informed practice.
The course aims to foster an intellectual approach to personal and professional development, encouraging diagnostic radiographers to challenge and progress radiography practice in response to evolutionary change. The course aims to provide flexibility in learning with the opportunity for learners to select modules in order to support individual practice development.
Simon Holmes, Programme leader for MSc Medical Imaging (MRI, CT and Clinical Reporting) at QMU, said: “Diagnostic radiography and medical imaging are core components of modern healthcare and rely on rapidly changing diagnostic modalities. It is widely accepted that medical imaging will remain an essential component of diagnostic services for many years to come and that the demand for imaging services will continue to rise.
“Recent modernisation within the NHS has raised the profile and extended the scope of practice for allied health professionals. Diagnostic radiographers, as one of the sixteen registered allied health profession groups, are now required to build and extend their scope of professional expertise within a multi-professional setting, so our new MSc Medical imaging will help them to achieve this objective.”
Dawn Walker, Programme Leader for MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) at QMU, said : “The demand for Medical Ultrasound continues to rise and so the Sonographer workforce in the UK is required to expand to meet the service needs.
“It is important that Sonographers working within this specialised imaging modality are offered a high standard of training and QMU is excited to be able to offer this CASE accredited programme in Scotland. Radiographers are offered the opportunity to extend their scope of practice with a PgC in four clinical areas within ultrasound; General Medical, Obstetric, Musculoskeletal and Breast ultrasound.”
MSc Medical Imaging does not lead to UK registration with the Health & Care Professions Council or the right to practice within the UK.