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Title: Conceptualisation of the characteristics of advanced practitioners in the medical radiation professions

Professions grapple with defining advanced practice and the characteristics of advanced practitioners. In nursing and allied health, advanced practice has been defined as ‘a state of professional maturity in which the individual demonstrates a level of integrated knowledge, skill and competence that challenges the accepted boundaries of practice and pioneers new developments in health care’. Evolution of advanced practice in Australia has been slower than in the United Kingdom, mainly due to differences in demography, the health system and industrial relations. This article describes a conceptual model of advanced practitioner characteristics in the medical radiation professions, taking into account experiences in other countries and professions. Using the CanMEDS framework, the model includes foundation characteristics of communication, collaboration and professionalism, which are fundamental to advanced clinical practice. Gateway characteristics are: clinical expertise, with high level competency in a particular area of clinical practice; scholarship and teaching, including a masters qualification and knowledge dissemination through educating others; and evidence-based practice, with judgements made on the basis of research findings, including research by the advanced practitioner. The pinnacle of advanced practice is clinical leadership, where the practitioner has a central role in the health care team, with the capacity to influence decision makingmore » and advocate for others, including patients. The proposed conceptual model is robust yet adaptable in defining generic characteristics of advanced practitioners, no matter their clinical specialty. The advanced practice roles that evolve to meet future health service demand must focus on the needs of patients, local populations and communities.« less
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  1. University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health, Taree, New South Wales (Australia)
  2. Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, Westmead, Sydney, New South Wales (Australia)
  3. Homerton University Hospital and School of Allied Health Professions, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury (Australia)
  4. Department of Imaging and Applied Physics, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
  5. School of Medical Science, RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria (Australia)
  6. (Australia)
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Journal Name: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences (Print); Journal Volume: 62; Journal Issue: 3; Other Information: PMCID: PMC4592675; PMID: 26451243; OAI:; Copyright (c) 2015 Australian Institute of Radiography. Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences published by Wiley Publishing Asia Pty Ltd on behalf of Australian Institute of Radiography and New Zealand Institute of Medical Radiation Technology.; This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
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