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Improving Continuing Professional Development opportunities for radiographers: A single centre evaluation.

Authors
  • Stevens, Barry J1
  • Wade, Demetri2
  • 1 Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Moat Road, Walsall, West Midlands, WS2 9PS, United Kingdom. Electronic address: [email protected] , (United Kingdom)
  • 2 Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Moat Road, Walsall, West Midlands, WS2 9PS, United Kingdom. Electronic address: [email protected] , (United Kingdom)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Radiography (London, England : 1995)
Publication Date
May 01, 2017
Volume
23
Issue
2
Pages
112–116
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.radi.2016.12.001
PMID: 28390541
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study aimed to identify current barriers to CPD and generate ideas for strategies to overcome these issues. Further aims were to gather an overview of respondents' understanding and opinions of CPD. An online survey was used to acquire information from departmental band 5 and band 6 radiographers. Descriptive statistical analysis and thematic analysis were performed to understand demographics and individuals' behaviours and experiences. Radiographers (n = 33) were sent an invitation via email providing a response rate of 75.8% (n = 25), with 20 females (80%) and 5 males (20%). 52% (n = 13) dedicate less than three hours a month. Participants highlighted time restraint as their biggest barrier to CPD. They also indicated a reluctance to use their own time to undertake work-related learning, despite exhibiting positive attitudes towards CPD. Radiographers see CPD as a vital and necessary, career-long learning process and they recognise the impacts on service provision. The notion of dedicated study time was unanimously suggested as the best approach to increase commitment to CPD. Radiographers demonstrated positive opinions of CPD, yet it was evident that many are not undertaking activities during their own time and it was acknowledged that opportunities during work time are limited. The provision of study time in work was suggested as an approach to improve radiographer's opportunities to complete CPD. Training sessions underlining the necessity of CPD in maintaining registration, what constitutes CPD and reinforcement of the benefits of systematic recording of CPD should be provided. Crown Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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