PgCert Breast Imaging
The Breast Imaging programme is designed to address the increasingly specialised needs of practitioners for education to underpin professional practice in breast diagnosis.
A major feature of this programme is the option for you to pursue specific knowledge and skills development in your area of practice through the use of work-based learning e.g. breast ultrasound and ultrasound guided biopsy procedures.
The programme includes provision for developing a high standard of mammography skills. However, it also caters for those wishing to move into advanced and consultant practice to meet the evolving requirements of breast screening and diagnostic services.
The course and the modules listed within it are provided through a partnership between LSBU and the National Breast Screening Training Centre, King's College NHS Foundation Trust. The course focuses on competency development and attainment within the breast imaging and breast care fields, adhering to the national standards of the NHS Breast Screening Programme, the Royal College of Radiologists, the Society and College of Radiographers and the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education
Applicants will normally be a Health and CareProfessions Council (HCPC) registered radiographer, with a relevant professional qualification, or in possession of a first degree in a science, biomedical or health and social care subject.
This course is validated as part of the Diagnostic Imaging PgCert / PgDip / MSc
up to 2 years
Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.
The PgCert Breast Imaging programme (60 Credits) may be made up of a selection from the following specialist modules, all taught at the National Breast Screening Training Centre, King’s College NHS Foundation Trust:
- Mammography Theory (20 credits)
This module facilitates clinical mammography training. In combination with Mammography Practice it fulfils the requirements for the College of Radiographers Postgraduate Award in Mammography (for UK based Practitioners only). This module is suitable for Practitioners working within the National Health Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP), symptomatic clinics and the private sector. Assessment method: 4000 word written assignment. Module code: AHP_7_020
- Mammography Practice (40 credits)
This module facilitates clinical mammography training. In combination with Mammography Theory it fulfils the requirements for the College of Radiographers Postgraduate Award in Mammography (for UK based Practitioners only). This module is suitable for Practitioners working within the National Health Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP), symptomatic clinics and the private sector. Assessment method: Two reflective evaluations (1000 words each), a Clinical portfolio and 60 minute OSCE. Module code: AHP_7_115
- Mammography Image Interpretation and Reporting(40 credits)
This module provides the range of clinical skills and development required for practitioners who wish to engage in the interpretation and comment on mammographic images. It provides important role development in this area and facilitates elements of advanced practice in mammography. Assessment method: 4000 word written assignment, 60 minute OSCE and portfolio. Module code: AHP_7_101
- Clinical Breast Examination and Communication Skills (20 credits)
This module provides the range of clinical skills and development required for practitioners working within the Breast Unit who wish to develop specific knowledge base and skills set in clinical breast examinations and respond to the communication needs of the patient (female or male) requiring or requesting breast care. It provides important role development in this area and facilitates elements of advance practice in breast imaging and breast care. Assessment method: Clinical Portfolio and 4000 word Written Assignment. Module code: AHP_7_075
- Breast Ultrasound for Ultrasonographers (40 credits)
This module is for Practitioners who hold a recognised qualification within the field of ultrasound (general, obstetrics or gynaecology) who wish to attain competency within the field of breast ultrasound. You should have regular access to a breast imaging department and participate in weekly breast ultrasound clinics. This module should be taken in conjunction with the 'Clinical Breast Examination and Communication Skills' module if taken as part of the PgC award. Assessment method: Clinical portfolio and 120 min OSCE. Module code: AHP_7_074
- Breast Ultrasound (60 credits)
This module is for Practitioners who currently do not hold a general or obstetric/gynaecological qualification in ultrasound but wish to attain competency within the field of breast ultrasound. You should have regular access to a breast imaging department and participate in weekly breast ultrasound clinics. Assessment method: Clinical portfolio, 60 minute Examination and 120 minute OSCE. Module code: AHP_7_073
- Ultrasound guided interventional procedures (20 credits)
This module is to enable Practitioners performing breast ultrasound examinations within a Breast clinic to become competent in ultrasound guided interventional procedures e.g. breast core biopsies, fine needle aspirations etc. Students should have regular access to a breast imaging department and ideally participate in weekly breast ultrasound clinics. Students studying this module should already have successfully completed the'Clinical Breast Examination and Communication Skills' module. Assessment method: 3000 word case study. Module code: AHP_7_076.
Whilst these modules enable the achievement of the PgCert Breast Imaging adhering to UK national standards, they also form part of the PgDip/MSc Diagnostic Imaging award, enabling progression beyond PgCert.
This programme will assist in developing your career options as a practitioner, or into specialist, advanced and consultant practice, research or management areas.
The course is approved by the Society and College of Radiographers.
The Society and College of Radiographers represents the UK radiographic workforce.
Teaching and learning
Applicants will need to meet the following criteria:
- Registration with an appropriate regulatory body, e.g. Health and Care Professions Council
- Possession of a recognised appropriate professional qualification (at a minimum of level 6) e.g. BSc (Hons) Diagnostic Radiography
- Be employed within the Breast Care Field and have access to a Breast Imaging Department and/or Breast Clinic which can provide appropriate clinical experience
- Evidence of departmental support due to the nature of the clinical competency requirements of the individual modules. This must be confirmed at the time of application and should include identification of an appropriate clinical department
- If English is not the first language, students must have an IELTS average score of 7.0 on entry to the programme. No individual elements should be below 7.0
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up to 2 years
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