Competencies of Therapeutic Radiographers working in the linear accelerator across Europe: A systematic search of the literature and thematic analysis

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Introduction: The literature identifies various competences required for therapy
radiographers (TR), however, these are varied and scattered among different publications.
The aim of this study was to identify the competences required by therapy radiographers
practising on the linear accelerator in the European setting, according to published literature.
Methods: A systematic approach was performed to find relevant literature. The literature was
then scrutinised for competences practised by linac TRs. Thematic analysis was performed
to organise the competences according to themes.
Results: A list of 170 competences were generated based on the assessment of 28
publications. The competences were organised in themes, including “delivery of treatment”,
“verification of patient setup”, “patient care” and “teamwork and multidisciplinarity”. The
competences of the therapeutic radiographers encompass multiple themes, evidence of the
complexity of the role of these professionals.
Conclusion: Radiographers across Europe must be trained to the highest standards to
ensure the best care possible is given to patients, irrespective of the country the
radiographer trained in. This will also promote for free movement of professionals across
countries. The competences identified can be used as reference for the design of academic
curriculum for TRs practising across Europe.
LanguageEnglish
JournalRadiography
Early online date3 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Jul 2019

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Keywords

  • Competencies
  • Education
  • Radiation therapist
  • Standards of practice
  • Therapeutic radiographers

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