Therapeutic radiographer prescribing practices in the United Kingdom: Questionnaire survey

Karen Crowther, Nicola Carey, Sonyia McFadden, Karen Stenner, Ciara Hughes

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Non-medical professionals in the United Kingdom (UK) have been granted prescribing rights to improve patient care quality and cost-effectiveness. There is limited evidence on how therapeutic radiographer prescribers have impacted medicine management or patient services.

An online survey was conducted amongst non-medical prescribing therapeutic radiographers in the UK between 2019 and 2022. The study teams initially analysed the individual data sets, subsequently combined, and secondary analysis was performed to provide a UK perspective, to understand the services provided and identify areas for improvement. Data was analysed using descriptive statistics from Microsoft Excel® and SPSS®.

74 non-medical prescribing therapeutic radiographers who were predominantly over 40 years old and in full-time work participated. The main job categories were consultant radiographers (n = 23, 31.1%) and advanced practice practitioners (n = 18, 24.3%). Many use their prescribing qualifications (87.5%, n = 62), issuing a mean of 15 independent and seven items by supplementary and prescribing per week. Most received assessment and diagnostic skills training before prescribing courses (91.6%, n = 67). Respondents prescribed from a median of six areas, with the highest being in GI (82%), skin (68%), infections (58%), urinary tract disorders (55%) and ear, nose, and oropharynx conditions (54%).

This study presents the first report on therapeutic radiographers prescribing in the UK, offering insights into current practices and highlighting the success of non-medical prescribing. Therapeutic radiographers’ roles continue to expand into advanced practice and medicine-prescribing responsibilities, contributing to holistic and patient-centred care.

Implications for practice
The results are relevant for nations grappling with oncology workforce shortages and contemplating similar roles for therapeutic radiographers. The study can be a valuable resource for policymakers and healthcare organisations worldwide.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)964-970
Number of pages7
Issue number3
Early online date23 Apr 2024
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 3 May 2024

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  • Non-medical prescribing in the UK
  • therapeutic radiographer
  • advanced practice
  • Advanced practice
  • Non-medical prescribing
  • Therapeutic radiographers


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