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8. Accreditation Process

8.1 Advanced Practitioners

During this year work has been undertaken to strengthen the CPD platform to support the Advanced Practitioner accreditation process and give additional and easier functionality. The project is proceeding as quickly as possible given the current pressure to accredit and differentiate complex practice at this level.

The initial accreditation process has being simplified with a stronger emphasis on two yearly re-accreditation and evidence thereof which should encompass the four dimensions underpinning consultant practice, but appropriately to either advanced or consultant level. It is anticipated that the process would commence by the end of 2009.

8.2 Post Registration Skills Accreditation

As in previous years, the demand for the CoR’s Certificate of Competence in Intravenous Administration and the Postgraduate Award in Mammography Practice continues.

The tables below provide data on the up-take and output associated with these accreditation processes for the period 1st September 2008 – 31st August 2009.

Mammography
98 registered students of which 70 were SoR members;
74 students, from 6 breast screening centres previously registered received accreditation certificates

 

Intravenous Injections
554 registered students of which 396 were SoR members;
411 students from 10 education centres previously registered received accreditation certificates

The following diagram (19) indicates the trend in the number of students registering for certification in intravenous administration and those receiving certificates from 2006-2009.

Diagram 19

The following diagram (20) indicates the trend in the number of students registering for certification in mammography practice, and those receiving certificates from 2006-2009.

Diagram 20

The data shows a good increase in numbers for both specialities this year. This year there is a 22.3% increase in registered mammography students and a 44.1% increase in registered IV students.

8.3 The Consortium for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Education (CANME) and the Consortium for the Accreditation of Clinical Magnetic Resonance Education (CACMRE)

It can be confirmed that CACMRE is no longer in existence.

CoR are still channelling nuclear medicine course approvals via CANME. It is expected that that there will be a sizable increase in PET/CT education and requests for approval would come to both SCoR and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

8.4 Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE)

CASE continues its work. It is the longest standing consortia and is likely to continue for the foreseeable future. It is anticipated that if sonographers were to eventually be regulated by the HPC then the need for CASE would disappear at that time. 

The United Kingdom Association of Sonographers (UKAS) merged with CoR with effect from 1 January 2009.  This merger has the potential to impact on CASE as UKAS has been one of its parent bodies.

CASE has devised a new policy relating to the accreditor self nomination process. Until this point each professional body had nominated between four and six names. SCoR nominated ultrasound educators and did not nominate clinicians. All nominations had been both SCoR members and leaders of ultrasound programmes. CASE assessors are expected to attend training sessions and should have active involvement in ultrasound, either academically or clinically.

Previously the CASE remit had not included approval of non credit bearing short courses. CASE is now able to approve short credit bearing courses. The AAB has no objection to CASE undertaking this role, however, CoR expects to continue its own role in relation to short, credit bearing courses related to ultrasound.

Currently there are 828 sonographers on the CoR voluntary register.

8.5 Training of AAB Assessors

This year the AAB recognised the need to increase the number of accredited AAB assessors. The AAB recognises that problems exist in recruiting new assessors, particularly in radiotherapy. Ultrasound is also under represented and there is currently no representation from cardiac specialities.

All new assessors are now given the opportunity to shadow a more experienced assessor before undertaking an approval/re-approval event themselves. A mentoring role is the expectation from those assessors with more experience. Feedback has been very positive showing the shadowing process helps alleviate concerns new assessors have and helps to contextualise the accreditation process.

The AAB has also set up a rolling programme of training day events for new assessors. Three training events were held this year (December, April and August) with the same planned for 2010. Assessors who feel they would benefit from refreshing their skills are also welcome to join the events. Each event is a full day in length and facilitated by a member of the AAB. The aim of the event is to assist assessors in understanding the AAB approval procedures and to gain confidence. The events are limited to small numbers of attendees to enable them to have as much of an individualised experience as possible.

In May, the new handbook covering all the AAB procedures and processes was published. This document may be accessed via the following web link https://www.sor.org/learning/education-accreditation. The handbook forms the basis of the training day events along with anonymised documentation from a previous re-approval event. The cost of attending the new assessor training events is subsumed by the Society and College of Radiographers.

Additionally, an AAB update event will be held on 25 November 2009 at SoR headquarters for all assessors. The agenda will cover sharing good practice from approval events and innovative programme design, accreditation of advanced practice and issues relating to student retention amongst other key topics.

The criteria and application form to become a new AAB assessor are now available online via the following web link https://www.sor.org/learning/education-accreditation/assessors

8.6 Approval of External Examiners

The AAB recognises that it can be difficult to identify appropriately qualified individuals to act in the capacity of external examiners. This is because there is a lack of ready information regarding who is available and qualified to undertake the role.  Accordingly, the College of Radiographers (CoR) is establishing a register of individuals for appointment as external examiners which should be available in November 2009.

The aim of the register is to assist HEIs and other education providers to identify suitable external examiners; and also to enable appropriately qualified individuals wishing to undertake external examining duties to put themselves forward for consideration. 

The register will provide names of suitably qualified individuals to act as external examiners for CoR approved and/or accredited programmes or courses at pre-and post-registration levels.  It will also provide a source of potential examiners for doctoral level studies and programmes undertaken by radiographers.

This service forms part of the ‘inclusive package’ for higher education institutions (HEIs) and other educational providers who purchase the College’s services.  It will be publicised directly to education providers, and through the College’s usual vehicles (Synergy News, TopTalk and the Society of Radiographers website).

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