Affidea sponsors Ireland’s first MSc Diagnostic Radiography programme, in University College Cork

The College of Medicine and Health, UCC, has officially launched its highly anticipated MSc Diagnostic Radiography programme in Brookfield with a number of high profile guests including the Lord Mayor of Cork Mick Flynn.

This is a 2 year full-time taught clinical Masters programme which commenced in September 2018 within the School of Clinical Therapies, with an intake of 15 students. There is a further commitment to a 2 year graduate contract to work with the HSE South/South West Hospital Group.

The development of this programme has been driven by a regional and national shortage of Radiographers both in the public and private sector. It is intended that the programme will be accredited by CORU, Ireland’s multi profession health regulator. Recruitment is already underway for the 2019/2021 student intake.

Head of School of Clinical Therapies, UCC, Professor Jeanne Jackson, commented: “It is an extremely exciting time for the development of radiography in the southern region and an opportunity for University College Cork to become a centre of excellence for radiography education, equipping its students with the clinical and research skills and professional attributes required to work and develop as competent clinicians, researchers and agents for change within the evolving healthcare environment.”

Affidea Country Manager Barry Downes said: “Affidea is delighted to support this fantastic initiative that is the result of many years of hard work, dedication and perseverance from the multiple parties involved. Diagnostic imaging plays a huge role in modern medicine, but we simply do not have enough educational capacity in this country to meet the demands of a modern health system.”

This programme is innovative and takes place in a modern setting with the content delivered by leading academics and practitioners. We at Affidea would love to see the programme expanded in time and are delighted to be able to offer clinical work experience placements to such high calibre students. The staff in UCC and the HSE have produced a model of education that is the clear way forward. Well done to all involved.

About MSc Diagnostic Radiography

This is an accelerated pre-registration programme for students with a primary degree in a subject other than diagnostic radiography. The programme uses the learning and teaching methods that best supports students to develop the knowledge, skills and professional attributes commensurate with radiography practice. The aim of this programme is to provide each student with an excellent educational experience both in the academic and clinical environments.

The programme is located in Áras Watson where the University has invested in the capital fit-out of a radiography suite, teaching space and offices. A radiography team of staff has been appointed with further staff to be recruited over the coming year. Students will receive over 1,000 hours of clinical placement in various hospitals across the HSE SSWHG as well as some private centres. The School of Clinical Therapies, in tandem with the College of Medicine and Health, has the research base to build a relevant evidence base for radiography practice.

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