March 25th: Education during COVID-19

One year on, the pandemic has had a significant impact on both student and staff education. This month we’ll reflect on the experiences of students and educators and look at the lessons learned.

Rainford et al. The impact of COVID-19 upon student radiographers and clinical training. Radiography. 2020.

Optional readings:

February 24th: Advanced practice roles

The UK’s multi professional advanced clinical practice (ACP) framework defines advanced practitioners as:

Healthcare professionals, educated to Master’s level or equivalent, with the skills and knowledge to allow them to expand their scope of practice to better meet the needs of the people they care for.  ACPs are deployed across all healthcare settings and work at a level of advanced clinical practice that pulls together the four ACP pillars of clinical practice, leadership and management, education and research.

NHS: What is Advanced Practice

However there has been little research evaluating ACP expectations in radiography. Harris et al’s study examined a consecutive sample of UK diagnostic radiographer job descriptions and found that many posts advertised as ‘advanced’ differ from advanced practice roles defined by the ACP framework.

Join us to discuss what defines an ACP role in radiography, and why so many posts fall short of the national benchmarks.

Harris M A et al. An analysis of advanced and specialist posts in diagnostic radiography: Do job descriptions describe advanced practice? Radiography. 2020.

Themes:

  1. What defines an ACP role and what preparation do people need to take on these roles?
  2. The study found “a focus on clinical skills rather than the wider expectations” – what are the drivers for this?
  3. Do our job descriptions really reflect our practice?
  4. How do we demonstrate the impact of our posts?

While you’re here – read this month’s blogs “What does your job description say about your role?” by authors Martine Harris and Bev Snaith and “Are Sonographers Advanced Practitioners?” by Jacquie Torrington.

Additional reading:

Caulfield L. A literature review exploring the perceived impact, challenges and barriers of advanced and consultant practice in therapeutic radiography. Radiography. 2021.

Times: Vancouver 12pm (24th) /Edmonton 1pm (24th) /Toronto 3pm (24th) /UK 8pm (24th)/Brisbane 6am (25th) Sydney & Melbourne 7am (25th) /Auckland 9am (25th)

January 19th: Late effects of radiotherapy

January’s article is from the Interpersonal Skills JMIRS special edition. Rhea Crighton is a patient living with significant late effects of radiotherapy after treatment for cervical cancer in 2017. She explains how this continues to affect her, what support she has and why radiographers are well positioned to support patients with late effects.

Crighton R. Living with Long-term Effects of Radiotherapy: A Patient’s Perspective. JMIRS. 2020 Dec; 51(4S):S14-S15. doi: 10.1016/j.jmir.2020.08.013. Epub 2020

This month’s blog by Zoe Grant is now available here.

Themes:

  1. Rhea wrote “I found that, after the treatment ended, my oncologist appeared to struggle to provide support regarding my late effects” – do you think we struggle to provide support in this area and why?
  2. What late effects information and support services for patients are available where you work?
  3. What would a good service for patients experiencing late effects look like?
  4. What is the role of a radiation therapist/radiographer in the area of radiation therapy late effects?

Additional resources:

Missed the chat? Catch up with Wakelet here.

Times: Vancouver 12pm (19th) /Edmonton 1pm (19th) /Toronto 3pm (19th) /UK 8pm (19th)/Brisbane 6am (20th) Sydney & Melbourne 7am (20th) /Auckland 9am (20th)

December 15th: Christmas chat!

This year’s festive chat is based on the BMJ article “Fictional Doctors Who Inspire” where Abi Rimmer asked doctors, students, and patients to think about the fictional doctors who have inspired and influenced them. Answers ranged from Dr. Who to Christina Yang from Grey’s Anatomy.

Who inspired and influenced you to become a radiographer/MRS professional? Are we missing fictional role models? How do you think the profession is represented in shows and stories? Join us on December 15th with a mince pie to talk about #radspiration!

THEMES!
1. Our paper for today’s chat is “Fictional Doctors Who Inspire”…Who or what inspired you to be a radiographer?

2. How do you think medical radiation professionals & procedures are portrayed in the media? Share the best and worst examples…

3. It’s been a tough year, but what has been your professional highlight? / proudest moment?

Finally – give us a GIF to sum up 2020…

Recommended Reading! Portrayal of radiology in a major medical television series: How does it influence the perception of radiology among patients and radiology professionals? By T. Heye et al. Eur Radiol. 2016 26(8):2863-9

Times: Vancouver 12pm (15th) /Edmonton 1pm (15th) /Toronto 3pm (15th) /UK 8pm (15th)/Brisbane 6am (16th) Sydney & Melbourne 7am (16th) /Auckland 9am (16th)

Don’t forget the annual MRJC awards are coming up!

The poll for ‘Best Chat’ will start mid-December
Winners will be announced before Christmas

Missed the chat? No worries – catch up here.

November 25th: Why isn’t there an evidence-based radiography?

In an ideal world all healthcare professionals (including radiographers and medical radiation professionals) would deliver care based on the best available evidence, ensuring best outcomes and optimal use of resources. Unfortunately, we know this is often not the case. Zachary Munn’s article calls for structural changes to enable the development of an evidence-based radiography.

Read, reflect and come and chat!

Munn et al. Why isn’t there an evidence-based radiography? Reflections and a call to action Radiography. S14-S16, 26(2) 2020

This article was part of the Translating Research into Practice Radiography special issue edited by Peter Hogg and Mark F. McEntee.

Read the accompanying blog by Dr. Michael Neep “Are you questioning your practice?”

THEMES

T1: What does evidence-based practice mean to you?

T2: Does your department give you dedicated time to be scheduled into rosters for staff to conduct activities such as quality improvement, policy review, journal clubs, research, continuous professional development or planning meetings?

T3: How can we help to develop a culture of research and further academic development within the profession?

T4: All radiographers do not need to conduct research. However, do you feel that you are capable of appraising research and translating evidence-based practice into your everyday practice? If not, how could you improve?

Additional reading:

Times: Vancouver 12pm (25th) /Edmonton 1pm (25th) /Toronto 3pm (25th) /UK 8pm (25th)/Brisbane 6am (26th) Sydney & Melbourne 7am (26th) /Auckland 9am (26th)

Did you miss the chat? Never fear – catch up here!