Researchers from the University of Cumbria have received a grant to lead a nationwide study into the readiness for work of recent radiography graduates. The exercise aims to respond to views held by the sector that current initial training doesn’t fully prepare graduates for the demands of the job.
The concern is that the national radiography curriculum has largely remained the same since 2003 and still focuses on x-ray screening when graduates are increasingly being asked to conduct CT, MRI and ultrasound scans to meet the growing demands of the modern-day NHS. Coupled with a decline in the recruitment of new radiographers, demand often outstrips supply, which only serves to increase the workload of the existing workforce.
In order to explore these claims, researchers at the University of Cumbria proposed to lead a collaborative research project with the Universities of Edinburgh and Derby. They aim to document recent graduates' experience of their first job to understand what training they require and ultimately to inform and shape the future national curriculum governed by the Health and Care Professions Council.
Paul Miller, Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Cumbria said, “We are very excited to receive this grant. It represents an opportunity to lead a UK-wide research project that stands to influence radiography curricula in higher education for years to come.”
The grant has come from the College of Radiographers, a charitable subsidiary of the Society of Radiographers, and will fund informal interviews with alumni from universities across the country.
The research could have a major impact on the careers of radiographers in the future.
Tim Barry, Head of Medical and Sport Sciences at the University of Cumbria said, “We are delighted to be leading collaborative research with Edinburgh and Derby. Addressing the important issue of training the next generation of radiographers to meet the increasing demands of the NHS. This project provides further evidence of the international reach of our medical imagery research.”