London South Bank University

London South Bank University

Therapeutic Radiography

Therapeutic radiographers use sophisticated radiography equipment to treat patients suffering from cancer or non-malignant tumours by aiming doses of radiation at tumours. With an increasing amount of opportunities available for therapeutic radiographers, prospects for graduates are very bright. In the treatment of cancer, accuracy is paramount and a variety of highly specialised equipment is available within Radiotherapy Departments to achieve this. Computerised Tomography (CT) simulators employ the latest technology to localise tumours. Technological advances in linear accelerator design ensure that treatment conforms to patients needs with pinpoint accuracy. Treatment units housing radioactive sources also play a useful role in patient management, as do 3D planning systems. Alongside the technology, the importance of high standards of communication and care of cancer patients cannot be overestimated. Cancer patients are treated by a multidisciplinary team in which the therapeutic radiographer plays a major role in reducing the sense of vulnerability and promoting patients autonomy. Therapeutic Radiographers work within a multidisciplinary team in Radiation Oncology and play a vital role in the management and treatment of patients with cancer. They are predominantly responsible for treatment for the accurate localisation, planning and delivery of ionising radiation The PgDip programme compliments the changing healthcare environment with the aim of providing practitioners who are fit for purpose and fit for award and is an accelerated programme over two years, for graduate students who already have a level 6 qualification. Building on graduate skills you will develop an enquiring, reflective, critical and innovative approach to Therapeutic Radiography within the context of the rapid changes occurring in the health service. The programme aims to develop confident and competent practitioners who practice autonomously, compassionately, skilfully and safely whilst fostering independence in learning and commitment to lifelong learning. The course comprises of five compulsory units instilling a range of academic knowledge from health sciences to profession specific radiotherapy and oncology practice.

Entry requirements

A Bachelor degree second Class Honours Upper Division (2.1) in a subject related to science or health, for example: physics, biology, health sciences; consideration will also be given to other relevant qualifications recognised as equivalent to the above; all applicants must be 18 years or over at the commencement of the course.

Course modules

Modules include: Radiation sciences for radiography; biological sciences 1; clinical radiotherapy theory and practice 1; management of morbidities; clinical radiotherapy theory and practice 2.

Sponsorship information

If you are attending a Nursing, Midwifery, Occupational Therapy, Therapeutic Radiography, Diagnostic Radiography or Operating Department Practice course and meet certain residency and eligibility criteria you will have your tuition fees paid in full by the NHS and you will normally receive an income assessed bursary from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). The bursary is a grant intended to cover living costs and is non-repayable.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time September 2017 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Southwark Campus Kensington and Chelsea SE1 0AA South East

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