SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHB826011
Module Leader Margaret Spalding
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Diagnostic Imaging
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally, completion of level 3 of the programme.

Summary of Content

-4 This module equips students with the skills to think critically about patient safety and advancements in radiotherapy. They will develop mechanisms to transfer these skills to their competent professional role. Students will be introduced to the four key concepts of Clinical Governance: quality assurance, quality improvement, risk, and incident management. This includes the completion of tasks related to risk assessments, audits, and error reporting. The effect of an incident on both patients and staff will be investigated. With the increase in verification imaging in radiotherapy, images will be used to highlight the risk of potential matching errors, which in turn will increase confidence in image interpretation. Additionally, with rapid technological advances in the field of radiotherapy and emerging technologies this module will introduce students to novel approaches and their application


1. Clinical Governance: Quality assurance, Quality Improvement, Risk Assessments and Audits. 2. Image verification - Critical problem solving. 3. Patient safety and incident management in oncology. 4. Emergent therapeutic approaches in oncology. 5. Development of the therapeutic radiographer profession.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student should be able to:1. Discuss the importance of patient safety mechanisms and appraise the role of Clinical Governance within radiotherapy departments2. Interpret verification images, recommend appropriate adjustment and critically discuss consequence of mismatch. 3. Critique emergent therapeutic approaches in oncology, and development of the therapeutic radiography profession. 4. Evaluate radiotherapy incidents on a national and international context, and discuss the impact on radiotherapy practice.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

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Indicative Reading

Radiotherapy and Physics -360b7 Barrett A, Dobbs J., Morris S., Roques T. (2009) Practical Radiotherapy Planning 4th Edition, London, Hodder Arnold ebook b7 Bushong, Stewart Carlyle. (2017) Radiologic science for technologists: physics, biology, and protection. 11th ed. St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier. b7 Cherry, Pam. & Duxbury, Angela. (2009) Practical radiotherapy: physics and equipment. 2nd ed. Wiley-Blackwell. b7 Dieterich, Sonja et al. (2016) Practical radiation oncology physics: a companion to Gunderson & Tepper's clinical radiation oncology. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier. b7 Ellis, Harold et al. (2015) Human sectional anatomy atlas of body sections, CT and MRI images. 4th ed. Hoboken: CRC Press. b7 Graham, Donald T. et al. (2011) Principles and applications of radiological physics . 6th edition. Edinburgh;: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier. b7 Hoskin, Peter. (2013) External beam therapy. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. b7 Neal, Anthony J. & Hoskin, Peter J. (2009) Clinical oncology basic principles and practice. 4th ed. Hodder Education. b7 Levy (2010) Radiation Therapy- Study Guide and Exam Review. Missouri, Elsevier b7 Rankin J., Robb K., Murtagh N, Cooper J (2008) Rehabilitation in Cancer Care Blackwell Oxford b7 Sibtain, Amen. et al. (2012) Physics for clinical oncology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. b7 Symonds, Paul. et al. (2012) Walter and Miller's Textbook of radiotherapy: radiation physics, therapy, and oncology. 7th ed. Elsevier. b7 Tobias, Jeffrey & Hochhauser, Daniel (2015) Cancer and its management. Seventh edition. Chichester, England: Wiley Blackwell. b7 Washington, Charles M. & Leaver, Dennis T. (2016) Principles and practice of radiation therapy. Fourth edition. St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier Mosby. Anatomy -360b7 Bridge, Pete & Tipper, David J. (2017) CT anatomy for radiotherapy. Second edition. Keswick, Cumbria: M & K Update Ltd. b7 Ellis, Harold et al. (2015) Human sectional anatomy atlas of body sections, CT and MRI images. 4th ed. Hoboken: CRC Press. b7 Moore, Keith L. et al. (2014) Essential clinical anatomy. 5th ed. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. b7 Spratt, Jonathan D. (2017) Weir & Abrahams' imaging atlas of human anatomy . 5th ed. New York: Elsevier Limited. b7 Waugh, Anne et al. (2018) Ross & Wilson anatomy and physiology in health and illness. 13th edition. Edinburgh: Elsevier Health Sciences. Journals -360b7 International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology and Physics b7 British Journal of Radiology b7 Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology b7 Clinical Oncology b7 Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice Websites: -360b7 Royal College or Radiologists: <> b7 Society of Radiographers: <> b7 Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine: <> b7 American Association of Physicists in Medicine: <> b7 Health and Care Professions Council <> b7 Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines <> b7 NICE <> b7 European Soceity for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Apps: e- Anatomy: e-Anatomy. Montpellier, France: IMAIOS.

Transferrable Skills

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Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 16.00
Independent Learning (FT) 138.00
Tutorials (FT) 16.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 0.00 20.00 35% Image verification portfolio
Course Work 02 0.00 80.00 35% Essay 2,500 words