This course aims to develop you to meet the challenge of working in both the symptomatic and NHS Breast Screening Programme. You will learn how to perform and critically evaluate advanced mammographic techniques and procedures. You will also develop critical decision making skills to further develop your role as an autonomous practitioner.
The Advanced Medical Imaging PGC comprising this module along with Fundamentals of Mammography Practice is approved and accredited by the College of Radiographers, and you will also gain the College of Radiographers Postgraduate Award in Mammography Practice.
Applicants must have already completed our module in Fundamentals of Mammography Practice before taking this course.
Entrants must be appropriately qualified practitioners. Graduate healthcare professionals with a minimum degree classification of 2:1 may apply directly.
Appropriately experienced applicants who do not meet the above requirements will be considered in line with the University's APL procedure.
Evidence of access to a relevant imaging caseload and the support of a suitably trained clinical mentor. You must have the agreement of the service manager and clinical mentor to facilitate your access to this caseload.
Supporting Information and Personal statement if you are applying through NHS North West CPD-Apply
You should include details of your current post and role and previous study at level 6/ 7
Please outline the reasons why you wish to undertake this module.
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English – IELTS – a minimum overall score of 6.5 in any component is required with no element below 6.
Radiographers working within a breast unit with a mammography imaging caseload.
For practitioners who already hold the College of Radiographers Postgraduate Award in Mammography Practice, this module can be taken to build to a PGC in Advanced Medical Imaging.
This module is delivered in block release format. Study is part-time so that you can develop your clinical skills in the workplace as you learn. You will require a mentor in your workplace who will be an experienced mammographer.
The course is delivered by:
OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) 50%
Most of our postgraduates return to their work equipped for advanced practitioner status, and a number have gone on to become consultant practitioners.
You will be able to evaluate a range of clinical situations, perform high quality mammographic examinations and assist in tissue sampling procedures.
Qualified mammographers are sought after in both the NHS and the private sector.
The radiography directorate has a very successful history of developing advanced practice and this module has strong links with imaging departments, mostly within the UK National Health Service. This means that all your learning will be relevant to current practice and will ultimately benefit your patients through development of your clinical skills and enhanced knowledge.
This module is supported by the Manchester Breast Screening Training Centre and other breast imaging departments throughout the North West. The Manchester Breast Screening Training Centre offers excellent clinical education and will provide you with one to one mammography training to support your course. The centre offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to women and men with breast cancer and co-ordinates the NHS breast-screening programme for Greater Manchester.
All applications for post qualifying heath and social care modules are made directly to the University.
North West SHA-SLA funded applications
If your Trust is part of the North West SHA-SLA agreement, contact your CPD Lead to agree funding. You must then apply through the NHS CPD Apply system: www.cpd-applynw.nhs.uk
Self funded applications
If you are self funding a programme of study or single module, please complete the appropriate application form and send directly to the University.
The Radiography Directorate has first class facilities including a sonography suite with several ultrasound machines, a 16 slice CT scanner with a range of tissue-equivalent phantoms and two computerised radiography rooms. We also have high specification digital monitors so that we can link all our imaging facilities with a PACS system to enable real-life image viewing and reporting, and these are of diagnostic quality suitable for our image interpretation courses.
At the University we have kept pace with changing practice by installing a diagnostic mammography workstation for digital image appraisal and interpretation.
A vibrant mammography research programme headed by Professor Peter Hogg ensures teaching is research informed and will enable you to engage in research based discussions which question and debate practice.
Start Dates: February