The academic radiography workforce : age profile, succession planning and academic development

Knapp, KM, Wright, C, Clarke, H, McAnulla, SJ and Nightingale, JM 2017, 'The academic radiography workforce : age profile, succession planning and academic development' , Radiography, 23 (S1) , S48-S52.

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Introduction: Academia is one area of practice in which radiographers can specialise; they comprise approximately 2% of the total radiography profession in the UK, but are highly influential and essential for the education and development of the workforce in addition to undertaking research. However, the academic environment is very different to clinical practice and a period of transition is required. Methods: The aim of this survey was to explore the age and retirement profile of theacademic radiography workforce in the UK; to understand the research time allocated to this workforce; the time required to develop a clinical radiographer into an academic and the mentorship and succession planning provisions nationally. An online UK wide survey was conducted and sent to all 24 Universities delivering radiography education within the UK. Results: Eighteen out of 24 Universities in the UK responded to the survey. Approximately 30% of radiography academics are due to retire over the next ten years, with over 25% of radiographers who currently hold a doctorate qualification included within this figure. Those entering academia have significantly lower qualifications as a group than those who are dueto retire. Developing clinical radiographers into academics was thought to take 1-3 years on average, or longer if they are required to undertake research. Conclusion: There is vulnerability in the academic radiography workforce. Higher Education Institutions need to invest in developing the academic workforce to maintain research and educational expertise, which is underpinned by master’s and doctorate level qualifications.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Radiography
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1078-8174
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Depositing User: JM Nightingale
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 15:25
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 18:23

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