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Advanced and extended scope practice of radiographers: the Scottish perspective.

Henderson, I.; Mathers, S.A.; McConnell, J.; Minnoch, D.


I. Henderson

S.A. Mathers

J. McConnell

D. Minnoch


Purpose The impact of changing roles, skill mix and a shortage of consultant radiologists on the profession of diagnostic radiography is not clearly understood in Scotland although the anecdotal perspective suggests the situation in many areas does not equate to that of England. Method A questionnaire survey was administered to 'lead diagnostic radiographers' across all Health Boards in Scotland and this was supplemented with telephone interviews. Results The implementation of skill mix initiatives and particularly advanced/extended scope practice was found to be geographically variable with limited evidence of change in some areas. Lack of effective funding and backfill for training was found to be a major barrier to change, although it was also acknowledged that opposition from some professional groups could be a major factor. Conclusion Although there is some optimism and evidence of accelerating change, development of the radiographic workforce in Scotland does not in general compare favourably to the findings of Price et al., in 2007. The reasons are multi-factorial including fiscal, professional and geographical elements.


HENDERSON, I., MATHERS, S.A., MCCONNELL, J. and MINNOCH, D. 2016. Advanced and extended scope practice of radiographers: the Scottish perspective. Radiography [online], 22(2), pages 185-193. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 7, 2015
Online Publication Date Dec 28, 2015
Publication Date May 31, 2016
Deposit Date May 5, 2016
Publicly Available Date Dec 29, 2016
Journal Radiography
Print ISSN 1078-8174
Electronic ISSN 1532-2831
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 22
Issue 2
Pages 185-193
Keywords Extended scope; Advanced practice; Skill mix; Role development; Role extension
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