There is an increasing demand for therapeutic radiographers in the health service. Medical, technological and professional advances in radiotherapy mean the role of the therapeutic radiographer is changing all the time.
We designed this course in response to recent government initiatives to:
- modernise healthcare education
- increase recruitment into the Health Service
- improve cancer care services
This course provides non-radiotherapy graduates with a postgraduate qualification in radiotherapy and oncology. It also allows you registration through the Health Professionals Council as a therapeutic radiographer. We provide clinical experience in one of our nine participating hospitals.
This gives you the knowledge, skills and confidence to undertake and develop your professional role. Clinical placements may be undertaken in St James' Hospital, Leeds Royal Derby Hospital, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough Leicester Royal Infirmary, Lincoln County Hospital, Northern Centre for Cancer Treatment, Newcastle Nottingham City Hospital, Castle Hill Hospital, Hull Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield.
To begin with, your studies focus on the theoretical knowledge you need for your clinical experience. We encourage you to question and analyse, not simply accept the theory wholesale. You also learn to look at the complete picture from the view of the:
- healthcare team
- associated scientific principles
You learn to apply theory to practice and tailor the treatment to the patient by accurately targeting high dose radiation beams and sparing surrounding normal tissues. We train you to use software and systems for treatment planning.
Our studies enable you to develop and adapt your clinical expertise through reflective practice. You learn to analyse and evaluate your experience as you gain and develop new skills and competencies and to look for areas that need changing.
For more information please visit our radiotherapy and oncology website at http://www.shu.ac.uk/radiotherapy.