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Section 2: The Scope of Professional Practice

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 (England) makes it more likely that radiographic services will be provided in diverse settings in the private, voluntary, independent and not for profit sectors. It is your responsibility to ensure that you understand the particular legal and governance frameworks pertaining to the organisation in which you work.

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Scope of Practice 2013

The Health and Social Care Act 2012 (England only)

Professional Standards for Independent Practitioners 2011

HCPC Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics 2012,performanceandethics.pdf


2.2 You must practise within the limits of your competence and, if necessary, refer patients to another qualified practitioner.

You should be aware of your limitations and practice safely and competently within them, asking for help and referring patients as necessary.

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Scope of Practice 2013

Education and Career Framework for the Radiography Workforce 2013


2.3 You must monitor the quality of your practice through reflective practice, using evidence from audit and research.

Reflective practice means taking the time to actively consider how good your practice is. This is best done by engaging in regular professional supervision with peers and ensuring your practice is up to date. You should also take part in audit and research activities appropriate to your role.

Resources and Links

Clinical Supervision: A position statement 2003

Research and the radiography profession: A strategy for research 2010 – 2015


2.4 You must develop and maintain your competence to practise through continuing professional development (CPD).

Your scope of practice will develop over time, often through external factors such as the introduction of new technologies and developments in services. It is your responsibility to manage this process through reflective practice and continuing professional development.  As a member of the professional workforce you may develop your scope of practice as you determine provided that you are competent and that you have undertaken the required education and training.

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A Strategy for Continuing Professional Development 2003

Scope of Practice 2013


2.5 You must only delegate care or treatment to another person if you are satisfied that they are competent. You remain responsible for the overall management of the patient.

Delegation of tasks is most likely to happen with assistant practitioners. They are accountable for their actions within their defined scope of practice. If you delegate care or treatment to an assistant practitioner you remain responsible for overall patient management.  Students you are mentoring are under your supervision, either directly or indirectly, at all times. You must ensure that you know what stage of training students have reached, what they should be expected to do and the level of direct supervision expected.

Resources and Links

Clinical Supervision: a position statement 2003

Scope of Practice of Assistant Practitioners 2012


2.6 You should undertake practitioner, operator and referrer roles within IR(ME)R 2000 and its subsequent amendments, when entitled to do so. 

Resources and Links

Clinical Imaging Requests from Non-Medically Qualified Professionals 2008

IR(ME)R 2000 and IR(ME) Amendment Regulations 2006 & 2011 2012

Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000

Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010


2.7 You must contribute to the education of students, trainees, assistants and other members of the professional workforce as appropriate.

You have a professional responsibility to take part in the education and training of students and trainees and to support them. Therefore you should have knowledge, understanding and skills in facilitating learning, teaching and assessment in the clinical environment. You should provide appropriate support mechanisms for all learners and enthuse and inspire others to engage with learning.

Resources and Links

Education and Career Framework for the Radiography Workforce 2013

Roles and Responsibilities in Clinical Education 2011

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