Reflections on leadership in advanced and consultant radiographic practice within the UK

J Med Imaging Radiat Sci. 2021 Jun;52(2):164-171. doi: 10.1016/j.jmir.2021.02.003. Epub 2021 Feb 27.


Introduction: This Educational Perspective provides an overview of how leadership fits into advanced and consultant radiographic roles within the UK setting. It draws on research in the area as well as reviewing some of the wider healthcare literature beyond the medical radiation sciences. The reflections outlined suggest how leadership at these levels may look and differ in practice.

Discussion: Leadership should be seen as fundamental to practice and not necessarily a discreet element to either role, but one that supports all other areas. The proportion of the role that leadership takes up, along with the degree of influence, increases from advanced to consultant practice. Consideration over conflict with management and leadership within roles is also important. Ultimately leadership is about relationships with people, for which interpersonal skills are required, along with establishing networks, supported by training and development to maximise effectiveness.

Conclusion: A clearer understanding of leadership is needed to help conceptualise and measure its impact at advanced and consultant levels of practice. The content is intended to provide an opportunity for reflection and discussion around the topic, serving as a development tool in practice.

Keywords: Advanced practice; Consultant practice; Development; Leadership; Radiography.

MeSH terms

  • Consultants*
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Humans
  • Leadership*
  • United Kingdom