SAFE EUROPE STUDY: SAFE AND FREE EXCHANGE OF EU RADIOGRAPHY PROFESSIONALS ACROSS EUROPE

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Abstract

Purpose: It is estimated that 52.3% of cancer cases require radiotherapy (RT) at some stage during their treatment. Therapy radiographers (TR) have a key role in the health care provision, however a common regulation for TR across the EU countries does not exist, leading to differences in skills. This hinders mobility of professionals and compromises patient safety. The aim of this study is to assess the market needs, identify the educational gaps and implement educational actions to close these gaps.
Methodology: Literature reviews will be performed to investigate the competencies developed in European undergraduate curricula and highlight the gaps in competencies. Surveys and interviews to stakeholders will determine the essential competencies for radiographers. Gaps in skills will be investigated among radiography professionals. Specific skills include administration of radiation treatments, digital skills, advanced skills and green skills. Online education webinars will be offered to close these gaps and ensure that the TR are educated with the necessary skills to enable them to practise across the whole of Europe.
Results: Recommendations regarding skills to be developed within education programmes will be published. The overall expected result of this project will be that radiographers will have competencies that match the market needs, a market that is not country specific but European wide. This will be accompanied by a radiography profession with standardised educational skills/competencies across all EU member states.
Conclusions: In the future, standardised training will increase employability and knowledge transfer. Staff educated in different countries will be able to travel freely within the EU and deliver work to the same standard and competency level, regardless of where they were educated
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSRM's International Conference on Medical Imaging and Radiotherapy: Book of Abstracts
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2020
EventSRM'S INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MEDICAL IMAGING AND RADIOTHERAPY - Malta, Malta
Duration: 7 Feb 20209 Feb 2020

Conference

ConferenceSRM'S INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON MEDICAL IMAGING AND RADIOTHERAPY
CountryMalta
Period7/02/209/02/20

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