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7.0 Summary

The role of the radiographer in CT is autonomous and multifaceted. It demands awareness of, and adherence to, national legislation, professional guidance and local policy. It requires possession of specific skill sets and excellent anatomical, physiological and radiographic knowledge. It encourages critical thinking and experiential-based development. It necessitates team ethics and shared objectives. Its focus is to deliver a safe, high quality, compassionate and effective patient experience.

Radiographers working in CT add value, breadth and diversity to the multidisciplinary team and are encouraged and supported by the CoR to develop accredited advanced and consultant-level practice via the CPD Now platform.29 This can only be achieved through effective teamwork which is enhanced by all members working at the top of their skill sets.

The continuing development of technology and the growing range of clinical applications in CT suggest that individual and population dose from CT will continue to rise. It is imperative therefore, that safe staffing considerations are paramount in the commissioning, planning and delivery of CT services in order to deliver the National Quality Board agenda of the right staff, with the right skills, in the right place at the right time.30

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