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Postgraduate Certificate in Computed Tomography *

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Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich
Duration: 

One year part-time.

Course Dates:

Start week beginning 19 November 2021 (exact dates to be confirmed)

Typical Offer: 

Qualifications and experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Please see Entry Requirements below.

* Subject to validation

This course has been designed to support the advancing practice of radiographers in the field of Computed Tomography (CT).  Between April 2019 and March 2020, 44.9 million diagnostic imaging examinations took place in England alone of which 6 million were CT scans. This is an increase of 5.2% on the year 2018-19 and it is fully expected that this will continue year on year.

The NHS Long-Term Plan (2019) acknowledged that imaging services have been under extreme pressure for some time and as a result, it recommended the implementation of Imaging Networks by 2023. In the same year there was also a Manifesto pledge made by the Prime Minister in which the government committed to replace all CT, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Mammography equipment over the next ten years. This was reinforced by the need to increase the number of scanners (both CT and MRI) per head of population in the  Richard’s Review (2020).  This led to the investment of three Diagnostic Assessment Centres in Norfolk and Waveney. In order that these dedicated imaging centres are effectively staffed, there needs to be a radical workforce design and numbers of radiographers specialising in these imaging modalities needs to be increased. 

This is a new course provision which will support the development of current practitioners in the specialism of CT.  It will enable radiographers to develop their theoretical knowledge and skills in this area of imaging and to develop service improvement within their workplace. 

Introduction

This course has been designed to support the advancing practice of radiographers in the field of Computed Tomography (CT).  Between April 2019 and March 2020, 44.9 million diagnostic imaging examinations took place in England alone of which 6 million were CT scans. This is an increase of 5.2% on the year 2018-19 and it is fully expected that this will continue year on year.

The NHS Long-Term Plan (2019) acknowledged that imaging services have been under extreme pressure for some time and as a result, it recommended the implementation of Imaging Networks by 2023. In the same year there was also a Manifesto pledge made by the Prime Minister in which the government committed to replace all CT, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Mammography equipment over the next ten years. This was reinforced by the need to increase the number of scanners (both CT and MRI) per head of population in the  Richard’s Review (2020).  This led to the investment of three Diagnostic Assessment Centres in Norfolk and Waveney. In order that these dedicated imaging centres are effectively staffed, there needs to be a radical workforce design and numbers of radiographers specialising in these imaging modalities needs to be increased. 

This is a new course provision which will support the development of current practitioners in the specialism of CT.  It will enable radiographers to develop their theoretical knowledge and skills in this area of imaging and to develop service improvement within their workplace. 

Course modules

During this course, you will learn the theoretical aspects underpinning the technical aspects of CT scanning. Links to practice will be made throughout the course and you will complete a portfolio of successful examinations demonstrating an understanding and application of a range of CT imaging protocols and parameters. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of service delivery and innovation, the provision of effective care and leadership.  

There are three modules, all of which are mandatory.

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.   

Fundamentals of CT 20 credits (Mandatory)

This module will enhance students’ overall understanding the technical aspects of CT scanning.   It will provide students with a firm theoretical grounding of the physics principles, clinical application, and technical innovation. The purpose of this module is to equip the students with skills and knowledge to underpin and influence their practice.

CT principles and practice: work-based learning 20 credits (Mandatory)

Students will learn about the range of CT imaging techniques which are used to diagnose conditions and trauma. Students will be required to complete a portfolio to evidence their clinical competence in CT and will be given the opportunity to reflect on their practice.   

Managing effective care in CT 20 credits (Mandatory)

During this module, students will acquire the skills set to develop and manage a CT service.  The student will critically explore a range of service models, develop service standards and design clinical protocols to ensure best practice. The student will also critically examine the NHS quality assurance mechanisms and evaluate their effectiveness in monitoring a CT service.  As part of this module, the students will develop a range of skills needed to lead and manage a CT service and understand the importance of effective interprofessional communication and teamwork. 

Career opportunities

All students will already hold posts across the healthcare sector, nonetheless completion of this programme will enable students to progress into advanced practitioner/lead roles in CT imaging.   Students completing the PGC element of the programme will be encouraged to apply for Advanced Practitioner Accreditation with the Society and College of Radiographers.   

Fees and finance

2021/22

Part-time tuition fee: £915 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information).

2022/23*

Part-time tuition fee: £915 per 20 credits (please contact the Student Centre for further information).

Further Information

At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

* 2022-23 tuition fees are subject to change in line with inflation, or a government change in the fee cap.

Entry requirements

Staff

Associate Professor in Diagnostic Radiography

Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography

Senior Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography

Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography

Lecturer in Diagnostic Radiography

Facilities and Resources

This course will be delivered using blended learning and require access to the Ipswich Campus. No specialist equipment is required.