Canterbury Christ Church University Radiography

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Canterbury Christ Church University Radiography

Canterbury Christ Church is renowned for expertise in an advanced area of diagnostic radiography, clinical reporting, and expertise in ultrasound imaging. Effective health and social care services depend on the professional knowledge and expert skill of their practitioners. Radiographers providing this care require the highest level of professional knowledge, competence and mature confidence in their expertise.

Our course prepares you to work within radiology departments in NHS hospitals or in private hospitals and clinics, and provides you with a wider background to support you in your future career direction. Our staff draw upon their wealth of academic and professional expertise and knowledge to support our goal of helping all students to achieve their full academic potential.

The role of a diagnostic radiographer involves interacting with patients and making them feel relaxed and at ease while conducting technical clinical examination procedures. Radiography departments within hospitals normally provide a wide range of different imaging investigations e.g. ultrasound, computed and digital x-ray examinations, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography.

An integral part of the diagnostic radiography course is the development of sound skills in evidence based practice and research that encourage and enable practitioners to evaluate and improve professional practice throughout their career. These skills equip you to go on to undertake a higher taught or research degree at the Canterbury Christ Church or elsewhere.

It is normal, two or three years after qualification, for a radiographer to choose a speciality in which they wish to advance and it is common to apply for a specialist training post and return to university part-time for further study at Masters or Doctoral level, or for some to transition onto a higher degree after qualifying.

Radiographers with experience are valued in the international market and opportunities in sales, research and development are also available in the imaging and healthcare industries.

Top reason to choose this course

The University was the first institution to offer postgraduate opportunities in Clinical Reporting for radiographers and has developed a national and international reputation in research in this area. Our postgraduate Medical Imaging programme provides a number of pathways, including ultrasound, CT, MRI and Nuclear Medicine for qualified practitioners from a range of backgrounds to enhance their skills.

Our undergraduate BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography aims to ensure students become safe, competent and confident practitioners. It places great emphasis on ensuring that you are adequately prepared for a role in image interpretation and clinical reporting.

You will be taught in a modern learning environment which includes our own clinical simulation labs and radiographic imaging suite where you can to practice and perfect your radiographic skills for clinical practice.

What will I study?

We are excited to be offering a newly designed course of interprofessional education from September 2017. Our course is designed to reflect the rapidly evolving dimensions of the health and social care sector and the needs of the individual, as well as being rich in diagnostic radiography content. The course is based on the many years’ experience and expertise that Canterbury Christ Church has in teaching collaborative learning.

Our aim is to give you the opportunity to embrace and capture interprofessional placement experiences and the use of interprofessional interactions through simulation activities which will support learning, teaching and assessment.

You will gain clinical and academic knowledge through this integrated programme delivered within the University’s dedicated clinical simulation facilities, which include our X-ray suite, operating theatre and wards, andin clinical radiology departments in Kent and East Sussex. Clinical education and clinical practice are pivotal to the course, and approximately 50% of learning occurs within the clinical setting.

The course is subject to the approval of the statutory regulatory body, the Health and Care Professions Council. This allows students to be eligible to apply for registration upon successful completion of the course

Further entry requirements

GCSE English Language, Mathematics and Science, at grade C or above, or equivalent. Science at A2 Level or equivalent is advantageous, but not essential.

Applicants need to demonstrate a basic understanding of diagnostic radiography and show that it is a well considered career choice for them. Suitable applicants are invited into the University for an information session and interview. All candidates should visit a diagnostic imaging department for one day prior to interview. Interview process: At interview, students will be expected to talk about Diagnostic Radiography as a career. They should possess an understanding of the personal qualities and skills required by a radiographer and have an awareness of current issues affecting health and social care.

Recruitment for this course considers not only the values of the specific profession you are wishing to join, but also the values of the wider NHS. You can expect to be shortlisted and interviewed based upon these values as well as course/profession specific requirements.  More information on values can be found here.

Offers of a place can only be made after a successful interview, subject to satisfactory health clearance and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.