The SAFEEUROPE project -summary of results

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Learning objectives
[Fig 1] Recent literature has identified that radiography education is not standardised across Europe1 , hence graduates enter the workforce with different skills and competencies which may hinder their professional mobility. The SAFEEUROPE project was set up with the aid of ERASMUS+ funding under Sector Skills Alliance 2 Key Action 2 grant agreement 2018 - 2993 / 600952-EPP-1-2018-1-UK-EPPKA2-SSA-N to investigate the differences in education and training of Therapeutic Radiographers/Radiation Therapists (TRs/RTTs) across Europe. The aim was to identify any “gaps” in knowledge and competencies of...
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The SAFE EUROPE consortium consists of 7partners geographically distributed across Europe . This consists of Ulster University (UK) as the lead partner,3 National professional associations-Associação Portuguesa de Radioterapeutas (ART),Portugal; -Society of Medical Radiographers (SRM),Malta; -Towarzystwo Naukowe Technikow Medycznych Radioterapii (TNTMR)Polandwho was replaced in the first year by Polskiego Towarzystwa Elektroradiologii (PTE)Poland.1 European federation-European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS),Holland.1 other university-University of Malta,Malta.1 public hospital (IPOP)Instituto Portugues de Oncologia Porto (IPOP),Portugal. [Fig 2][Fig 3] The project consisted of 12 work packages (WP’s): WPs 1 and 2...
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Findings and procedure details
Great variation in education and training of TRs/RTTs exist within and between countries. Gaps in knowledge are evident due to differences in curricula. Underdeveloped skills must be addressed through the inclusion of these aspects into the graduates' basic education or Continuous Professional Development (CPD). These skill gaps include pharmacology, quality assurance, management, leadership, education and research 3, advanced image verification and critical thinking 8, empathy 9, pre-treatment information communication and potential side-effects 10, overall green-skills such as energy and water saving, green procurement, or waste...
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Sectorial skills issues exist andthe projecthas proposed the following solutions to help address these issues: Closing the educational gaps will help decrease the variation in education and training across TRs/RTTs in European countries. Freely available education will address knowledge gaps and improve employability skills. Increased shared knowledge has enabled more efficient movement of TRs/RTTs across Europe. Plugging the knowledge gap has led to improved safety for patients treated by TRs/RTTs. Increased knowledge and access to free online webinars has improved efficiency of radiotherapy treatments. Online...
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Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2023
EventEuropean Congress of Radiology 2023 - Austria, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 1 Mar 20235 Mar 2023


ConferenceEuropean Congress of Radiology 2023
Abbreviated titleECR 2023
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