Short course

Patient Centred Care in Diagnostic Radiography: An Educational Toolkit

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6 units, 3 hours of study per unit

CPD hours

18 CPD hours


Self-guided online learning



Online course description

This open online course has been designed as an educational resource to support the development of patient-centred care (PCC) approaches within diagnostic radiography.

Patient Centred Care in Diagnostic Radiography: An Educational Toolkit is the result of a large-scale research project into PCC in diagnostic radiography. This course shares the research findings and provides learning materials to support the development of PCC behaviours. Both the research project and this online course were funded by the College of Radiographers Industry Partnership Scheme.

The development costs for this course were funded by the College of Radiographers Industry Partnership Scheme

Student radiographers and trainee assistant practitioners will find this course useful to develop their skills in patient-centred care. Qualified diagnostic radiographers or assistant practitioners working in clinical practice or in educational roles may find it useful to guide students or trainees about PCC approaches while on clinical placement. It may also be useful for radiographers preparing for their bi-annual Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) audit.

The two audit tools provided in this course may be useful for radiographers working in governance roles to evidence PCC within their organisation. The self-audit could be used to measure levels of PCC within a group of radiographers in a particular department or organisation. The organisational audit could be useful to underpin quality improvement initiatives to support PCC approaches and/or bids for funding designed to improve PCC.

The first course units have been written in such a way that they may be useful CPD activities for anyone working in health or social care who wishes to increase their knowledge of patient-centred care, and it is hoped that a variety of health or social care professionals will access these materials.

Who is this course for?

The course is suitable to a wide range of practitioners including:

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We are proud to be an accredited provider of the CPD Standards Office for our online short courses and free courses, demonstrating that they conform to CPD best practice and are appropriate for inclusion in a formal CPD record.

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Course units

The course is made up of six units and this online course will require approximately 18 hours of study.

The first unit will introduce the concept of patient-centred care (PCC). You will consider the nature of interactions in healthcare and ways that healthcare professionals can deliver PCC.

Good communication with patients and their carers is the cornerstone of patient-centred care (PCC). This unit considers what good communication looks and sounds like.

Unit 3 begins to focus on the specific challenges facing diagnostic radiographers when delivering patient-centred care (PCC). A number of PCC approaches are outlined in this section to help support diagnostic radiographers in providing holistic care.

This unit considers the role of the diagnostic radiographer in imaging examinations and procedures and looks at how to maintain service efficiency while ensuring care is patient centred.

This unit introduces you to a self-audit tool that can be used to measure your level of patient-centred care (PCC) in your day-to-day practice. This type of audit is an ideal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) activity and will help you to meet the requirements of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) biannual CPD audit.

The final unit introduces you to an audit tool that can be used to audit your organisation’s level of patient-centred care (PCC) and/or approaches. The organisational audit is a way for you to reflect on practice within your organisation and an opportunity to consider how the organisation could become more patient centred.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing the course, you will have:

Course requirements

How to enrol

All of our free courses are delivered through an easy-to-use online learning platform, which you can enrol from directly.

Course Requirements

The course is free and widely available for anyone to take part in regardless of age, location or education status. You will need to agree to the terms and conditions before you start the course which will be available when you enrol.

However, there are some basic requirements. You will need access to the internet whether it is on your PC, tablet, mobile or other electronic devices, as well as a valid email address to register with our online learning environment in order to take part in the course.

Once registered, please be aware that all study for this course is online and so you will need to be able to engage with this via a personal device, preferably a computer or laptop, for the stated duration of the course.

The learning platform is compatible with screen reader technology to assist those with visual impairments.

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Dr Emma Hyde
Course author

Dr Emma Hyde is an Associate Professor in Learning, Teaching and Pedagogy at the University of Derby. Emma is a qualified HCPC registered Diagnostic Radiographer. Before joining the University in 2006, Emma worked as a Diagnostic Radiographer in the NHS for approximately 10 years, specialising in CT and MRI scanning.

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