The role of the advanced clinical practitioner in breast diagnosis: a systematic review of the literature

Spacey, A ORCID:, Hipperson, V, Gloster, AS and Mercer, CE ORCID: 2021, 'The role of the advanced clinical practitioner in breast diagnosis: a systematic review of the literature' , Radiography, 27 (2) , pp. 654-662.

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Introduction Increasing prevalence in breast cancers, workforce shortages and technological advancements have increased the need to further develop advanced practice in breast diagnosis. The Advanced Clinical Practitioner training programme has been introduced to support this need. The aim of this work was to systematically review studies that explore advanced practice in mammography to assess the potential impact of the introduction of a specific Advanced Clinical Practitioner training programme in breast diagnosis within the UK. Methods A systematic PRISMA review of the literature published between 1999 and January 2020 was carried out. A total of 17 studies were included in the review. Results Four themes were identified in the literature in relation to advanced practice in breast imaging: multidisciplinary practice; roles and responsibilities associated with advanced practice; development and progression; embedding and sustaining advanced practice. It was evident across all themes that advanced practice is vital in supporting better care for patients attending breast imaging in light of workforce shortages. Although advanced practice and its benefits are well established in breast imaging, persistent barriers were acknowledged such as role ambiguity, recruitment issues, lack of support from some radiologists and poor funding. Conclusion Findings suggest that introducing a more formalised pathway to advanced practice into breast imaging through the implementation of a specific Advanced Clinical Practitioner apprenticeship training programme may overcome many of the challenges evidenced in this review. Implications for practice The findings of this review will help inform the development of the Advanced Clinical Practitioner apprenticeship programme specific to breast diagnosis.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Radiography
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1078-8174
Funders: Health Education England
Depositing User: CE Mercer
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2023 10:22
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2023 10:22

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