The continuous professional development (CPD) requirements of radiographers in Europe: An initial survey

Marshall, Gill, Punys, Vytenis and Sykes, Anne E. (2008) The continuous professional development (CPD) requirements of radiographers in Europe: An initial survey. Radiography, 14 (4). pp. 332-342. Full text not available from this repository.

Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.radi.2006.11.003

Abstract

Purpose
The aim of this study was to investigate via a questionnaire factors relevant to continuous professional development (CPD) in twelve countries in Europe. The study was carried using co-funding from the European Commission by members of the Higher Education Network for Radiography in Europe (HENRE).

Results
Seven hundred and thirty-four individual questionnaires were circulated with a return rate of 75%. CPD was important to most radiographers, although longer qualified radiographers assigned less importance to CPD. Six to ten hours monthly devoted to CPD was the preferred amount of study, with 7 hours per month being the mean time radiographers were prepared to devote to CPD. A mixture of paper, e-learning and internet based materials in the native language of the radiographer would be the most popular method for CPD delivery. English was the most popular non-native language for CPD materials. More recently qualified radiographers were able to use a non-native language to study. Cross sectional imaging (CT and MRI) was the most popular area for CPD training although training in digital imaging and trauma were also much sought after.

Conclusion
This study identified the potential for European-wide core CPD provision for radiography practitioners. There may be a role for the HENRE network in co-ordinating this. Whilst tailoring CPD to the above requirements would be beneficial it must be remembered that antagonists to CPD exist, e.g. cost, work and family constraints.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Radiography
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1078-8174
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Medical and Sports Sciences > Health and Medical Sciences
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Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2010 15:23
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2016 16:08
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/433

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