On becoming a consultant: a study exploring the journey to consultant practice

Henwood, Suzanne and Booth, Lisa (2016) On becoming a consultant: a study exploring the journey to consultant practice. Radiography, 22 (1). pp. 32-37.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2015.03.013

Abstract

Background: This paper reports a qualitative study exploring the establishment of non-medical consultant roles in Radiography. Given the difficulties reported in recruiting and retaining staff in these posts, we hope this paper offers a historical documentation of those consultants who were some of the first in post, sharing their stories of how they obtained and transitioned into their roles.

Methods: This paper is part of a two year case study exploring the leadership domain of consultant practice. The focus of this paper is a reflection, by the consultants, of their journey to becoming a consultant; a documentation of some of the practical issues in establishing the roles; and the transition to higher levels of practice. Eight consultant radiographers participated in the initial interviews (two consultants withdrew from the study subsequent to this). In-depth iterative interviewing was used to explore and record individual stories and experiences.

Findings: The consultants shared their perceptions of being in post, including their own motivation to progress to a new role, how prepared they felt initially, the lack of role models, the lack of clarity surrounding the role and a perception of ‘being on display’.

Conclusions: The paper offers insight into the journey of these consultants and some of the common characteristics they share. These characteristics give some indication of what motivated them to step into higher level roles, in particular the need to drive change and improvement. The paper also offers suggestions for how the transition into the role could be more effectively supported.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Radiography
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1078-8174
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Medical and Sports Sciences > Health and Medical Sciences
Depositing User: Lisa Booth
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2015 09:58
Last Modified: 05 May 2017 02:28
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1936

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