Professional/Short course Paediatric Imaging - Suspected Physical Abuse

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Online distance learning
Course Director
Donna Dimond

30 credit level 7 module

Page last updated 12 October 2023


Accreditations and partnerships:

This 30 credit Paediatric Imaging - Suspected Physical Abuse module aims to equip paediatric imaging practitioners with the relevant skills to enable them to understand the legal complexities involved in the imaging of children with suspected physical abuse (SPA).

Delivered by lecturers with extensive SPA knowledge and clinic experience, the module will encourage you to develop your professional skills and techniques.

This level 7 (Masters level) module is distance-based, following an optional attendance of the Non-Accidental Injury/Suspected Physical Abuse Study Day. Teaching will be delivered through a combination of self-directed and e-learning activities to cover image appraisal, practical tasks and the formation of a portfolio of evidence.

This module has been approved and accredited by the College of Radiographers for the purpose of professional practice.

Entry requirements

You must be a HCPC registered radiographer working in paediatrics on a regular basis (to be determined with the module leader).



The course syllabus typically covers:

Clinical Protocols

  • Rationale for imaging required and technique adaptation
  • Paediatric anatomy and physiology.
  • Fundamentals of paediatric skeletal abnormality to include normal and abnormal variants.

Management and Organisation

  • Consideration for organisation and management of SPA skeletal survey service provision.
  • Evaluation of modern technology upon working practice.
  • Ethical and legal issues relating to SPA imaging practice, to include Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposures) Regulations (2018) IR(ME)R, and Ionising Radiation Regulations (IRR) (1999), Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNICEF), Children Act (2004).
  • Professional body regulations, particularly the joint Royal College of Radiographers (RCR) and Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) 2017 guidance document.

Patient Care

  • Evaluate patient care, preparation and quality enhancement to service delivery.
  • Employment of restraints, immobilisation and sedation considering risk/benefit issues.
  • Contrast the requirements of different patient groups including anaesthetised and sedated patients.
  • Appraise the use of patient immobilisation relating to risk/benefit issues and dealing with adverse reactions.

Learning and Teaching

This module's learning approaches will embrace UWE Bristol's current vision associated with Technology Enhanced Learning. Such learning will include, but not be limited to, asynchronous delivery of lecture material through narrated presentations, notes and other guided reading,

The learning and teaching strategy for this module has been developed to show achievement of an appropriate level of familiarity with paediatric anatomy and images that gives you more confidence in understanding the images you are producing.

Scheduled Learning
Teaching and learning methods will include, but not be limited to, delivery of lecture material through narrated presentations, notes, seminars, group work and tutorial support.

Independent Learning
Includes hours engaged with essential and other guided reading, VLE discussion board forum with specific objectives, narrated presentations workplace tasks, and other study tasks deemed appropriate to the development of your knowledge, case study preparation, assignment preparation and completion etc. You will be working in the field of paediatric imaging or encountering such patients on a regular basis. There will be competency based tasks to complete locally as per the clinical portfolio component.

Study time

Contact hours will be achieved through multiple learning approaches which will typically include attendance of three days. One of these days will include the UWE Bristol Non-Accidental Injury/Suspected Physical Abuse Study Day.

Typically, two hours of contact with the module leader for discussion of module-related issues will be facilitated by e-mail, phone conversations and through interaction at attendance days.


The assessment components comprise a Structured Oral and Practical Examination (SOPE) - this will be up to one hour in duration, and a Clinical Portfolio of Evidence, containing the following:

  • Record of clinical experience (minimum of five cases) with anonymised reports and images
  • Three x 1000 word case studies of Suspected Physical Abuse surveys to include consideration of differential diagnosis, and the legal, ethical and organisational aspects of the case.

This component of assessment provides the opportunity for you to demonstrate clinical competence and appreciation of the role of a paediatric advanced practitioner in the context of Suspected Physical Abuse skeletal survey imaging.

Formative Assessment
A series of online paediatric quizzes and workbooks will be available in addition to tutor support and feedback.


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