Introduction to Collaborative Professional Practice (Diagnostic Radiography)
School of Health and Society
September 2019Next enrolment
In a nutshell
Accredited by the Society and College of Radiographers, this course will equip you with the skills to be a highly professional radiographer. Radiography combines science, technology and patient care to provide a vital role in patient diagnosis and treatment. Radiographers use a range of different imaging techniques and sophisticated technology to produce high quality images to aid diagnosis for injury or disease as part of the multi-professional healthcare team. The career structure provides opportunities for radiographers to specialise into many areas including ultrasound, CT/MRI scanning, image reporting, teaching and management.
- Learn all of the fundamental elements of radiographic practice including anatomy, physiology and radiographic science
- Develop your skills and understanding by problem based learning activities
- Be involved in research activity in all three years of the programme
- Use our excellent facilities including X-ray rooms and Computed Tomography (CT) imaging suite
This is for you if...
You have an interest in science and technology
You are a problem solver
You have a caring and compassionate nature
All about the course
Your development as a learner and a practitioner are facilitated by both our academic and clinical teams who aim to provide a positive and encouraging learning environment for you to thrive.
Through this module you will be introduced to the concept of being a health care professional, begin to explore factors that influence practitioner and service user interactions and be introduced to moving and handling, infection control, CPR and safeguarding. You will also be introduced to safe and effective professional practice.
Scientific Principles for Diagnostic Radiography
On this module you will learn the relevant knowledge and understanding of the underpinning science and technology of diagnostic radiography. You will also develop skills in experiment design appropriate analysis, display and interpretation of results.
General Radiography I
This module will develop your underpinning knowledge and skills required for safe and effective professional practice at this level the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme.
Fundamentals of Patient Centred Care
The role of the professional radiographer is to provide high quality patient centred care. The aim of this module is to develop communication skills and an understanding of aspects of sociology and psychology in the clinical and inter-professional context.
General Radiography II
This module will continue to develop your underpinning knowledge and skills required for safe and effective professional practice at this level the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme.
Screening, Diagnosis and Intervention I
On this module you will acquire, appraise and apply the knowledge and skills required to ensure safe and effective practice in cross-sectional radiographic examinations, screening programmes, diagnosis and interventions. You will also learn the underpinning theoretical principles of alternative and complementary imaging modalities.
Applied Radiography I
On this module you will acquire, appraise and apply the knowledge and skills required to ensure safe and effective professional practice in more complex examinations and patient presentations commensurate with this level of the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme.
You will gain an understanding of the underlying principles of qualitative and quantitative research and the links between the two. You will compare and contrast research and professional evidence related to the evidence base for the areas of practice relevant to the module, with the aim of enabling you to make an informed choice of research methods to address a particular research question.
Screening, Diagnosis and Intervention II
On this module you will acquire, appraise and apply the knowledge and skills required to ensure safe and effective practice in cross-sectional radiographic examinations, screening programmes, diagnosis and interventions, commensurate with this level. You will also attain the underpinning theoretical principles of alternative and complementary imaging modalities.
Applied Radiography II
On this module you will further develop the knowledge and skills gained during Applied Radiographic Skills 1 to ensure safe and effective professional practice in more complex examinations and patient presentations commensurate with this level of the BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography programme.
Introduction to other imaging modalities
This module will introduce other modalities that are used in diagnostic radiography and will facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and understanding in an alternative imaging modality radiography.
On this module you will develop your knowledge and understanding of all aspects of trauma imaging and appropriate imaging modalities commensurate with first-post competent radiographer level. You will also develop an understanding of safeguarding in the protection of vulnerable adults.
You will critically evaluate health and social care services in the context of current government policy, and with a focus on the service received by the client, from the multidisciplinary team (Normally this would be towards a British perspective, but in some circumstances could have an International perspective). You will also continue to reflect on your professional development and prepare for employment
This module will enable students to develop skills for image interpretation of musculoskeletal images for first post competence level.
Compassion, Professionalism and Employment
You will develop the skills required to support application to and interview for Band 5 radiographer post applications. You will review the concepts of quality, care and compassion in clinical practice and incorporate them in practice, and you will develop the skills required for undertaking ongoing professional development and an understanding of the re-accreditation process.
Applied Research Methods
On this module you will plan and/or conduct an in-depth evidence-based study on a topic of choice.
You will safely undertake a range of clinical examinations on a range of patients efficiently and compassionately within appropriate laws, guidelines, policies and protocols.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
You will be allocated to one of our placement hospitals and this is where you will gain the majority of your clinical experience throughout the course. There will be opportunities for shorter placements at other hospitals for additional experience in special interest areas.
Over the three years 50% of your time will be spent at your placement. You will rotate around a cluster of placements over the three years to ensure that everyone has the same experience of trauma imaging and specialised areas. We work closely with all our placement site trusts to ensure that the course fully prepares you.
The course is delivered using problem-based learning (PBL). You will be given ‘triggers’ to each problem, such as patient scenarios, which mirror everyday practice for radiographers. Solving the problem brings together all the relevant topic areas within a clinical context. This allows you to develop self-directed learning skills that can be used throughout your professional career.
Clinical skills are continuously assessed with summative assessments at key stages of the course. Academic skills are assessed at the end of each semester, using a range of assessment techniques including:
- Written exams
- Clinical exams
- Article critique
Feedback is given at timely intervals.
The School of Health and Society
The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real-world impact.
Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.
We have superb on-campus imaging facilities including two digital radiography x-ray rooms, CT imaging suite and anatomage table for student learning and research. We are one of very few universities in the UK which has a 16-slice CT scanner.
You will use our x-ray equipment during your first academic block and throughout the course to help you prepare you for clinical practice and to develop your skills as a Diagnostic Radiographer.
As well as x-ray and CT we also have a dedicated ultrasound suite. Whilst ultrasound is taught at postgraduate level, as an undergraduate student you will get an introduction to the role ultrasound has as an imaging modality.
This is no ordinary imaging suite - come and see us on our Open Day!
What about after uni?
When you complete the degree you will be eligible to register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a qualified diagnostic radiographer, which allows you to work in the NHS, the private sector and many countries abroad.
There are also opportunities in education, industry and research.
You will be able to further your career and work in a number of different settings, for example, children's hospitals, casualty departments or hospitals dedicated to heart problems. You could become an advanced or consultant practitioner.
If you decide to pursue further studies, we offer a range of postgraduate master's degrees and short courses for continuing professional development.
The directorate has a close working relationship with several companies including Wolverson, Toshiba Medical Systems and Cooke Medical. We also have strong partnerships with the NHS which means your learning is current and relevant to practice. The majority of your clinical placement will be within the NHS.
Our master's programme in Advanced Medical Imaging aims to help healthcare professionals achieve specialist, advanced and consultant practitioner status in the field of medical imaging. It also offers pathways which will further the professional development of qualified sonographers and mammographers.
If you want to develop ultrasound competencies in MSK, abdominal, obstetrics and gynaecology scanning then we also offer a postgraduate programme in Ultrasound Imaging.
What you need to know
We are looking for students with an interest in science and technology. You will have good communication skills and caring nature. The course is taught using problem-based learning and includes group work. Good interpersonal skills and being able to contribute to group discussions is essential. Entry to the course is highly competitive with approximately one place per ten applicants. Within your personal statement, you should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role of the radiographer.
- Clinical visit
- Disclosure and Barring Service Check
- Health clearance
As part of the admissions procedure, you are required to spend one day at an X-ray department. This should then be submitted to the admissions tutor. Please see forms below which relate to course pre-requisites. You are required to complete these in order to be accepted onto the course.
Radiography Clinical Placement Applicants Reflection Form Radiography Clinical-Placement-Applicants-Reflection-Form .docx
- Clinical site visit form
Radiography Clinical Site Visit Form Radiography Prospective-Student-Clinical-Site-Vist-Form.doc
We have a history of accepting people with a wide range of qualifications and the list below is not exhaustive. If your qualification is not on the list or more information/clarification is required regarding it, please contact either the Central Admissions Team or come along to one of our Open Days and speak to an admissions tutors. If your qualifications are more than five years old then you would not normally be considered. However, you may qualify for Accreditation of Prior Learning which would enable you to apply for the degree course. Please contact the admissions tutor to discuss your options.
Applicants may be interviewed for this course.
The decision process for an invitation to interview is based on academic achievement (or predicted achievement) and personal statement. There will be a task-based group interview which will last 30 minutes and involves discussion around two scenarios. There will normally be eight - ten applicants per group and four interviewers. The interviewers will include members of the academic team, clinical tutors and current third-year students. The interview consists of a group problem based learning (PBL) scenario and applicants are assessed on their knowledge and interpersonal skills.
As well as the interview, there will be a short tour of the clinical teaching facilities. There will also be an optional session for applicants to attend which includes meeting the clinical placement manager and members of the interview panel, as well as the opportunity to ask questions about the programme.
Have a look at our top ten tips for preparing for your interview. If you are offered an interview following your application, you will be sent further information about what to expect and what you need to bring with you on the day.
English language requirements
International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7.0 (no element below 6.5) is proof of this.
Five GCSE subjects at grade C/grade 4 or above including English language and mathematics and Science.
You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.
UCAS tariff points
120 points from three A2s including at least one science (chemistry, biology, physics, psychology) preferred but not mandatory
GCE A level
120 points. To include at least one science preferred from physics, biology, human biology, chemistry, psychology at grade B.
BTEC National Diploma
DDM Applied Science (biology and physics)
Irish Leaving Certificate
Access to HE
120 Points. Access course with physics and biology content is required.
Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019||£9,250per year|
|Full-time international||2019||£15,960per year|
|Part-time||2019||Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.|
Students will be expected to pay approximately £30 for health clearance from their GP. Please note, the charge for health clearance is at the discretion of your GP and can range from £0 to £120. In addition, students may incur other expenses during placements. Students may chose to undertake an ERASMUS exchange to Finland or Norway at an additional cost of £1,000, however this is optional. Costs are approximated based on the current academic year.
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
For international students who undertake a placement, there will be an additional placement fee in the region of £2,000.
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Course ID B821