The Development of Therapeutic Radiographers in Imaging and Adaptive Radiotherapy Through Clinical Trial Quality Assurance.
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<h4>Aims</h4>Adaptive radiotherapy (ART) is an emerging advanced treatment option for bladder cancer patients. Therapeutic radiographers (RTTs) are central to the successful delivery of this treatment. The purpose of this work was to evaluate the image-guided radiotherapy (IGRT) and ART experience of RTTs before participating in the RAIDER trial. A plan of the day (PoD) quality assurance programme was then implemented. Finally, the post-trial experience of RTTs was evaluated, together with the impact of trial quality assurance participation on their routine practice.<h4>Materials and methods</h4>A pre-trial questionnaire to assess the experience of the RTT staff group in IGRT and ART in bladder cancer was sent to each centre. Responses were grouped according to experience. The PoD quality assurance programme was implemented, and the RAIDER trial commenced. During stage 1 of the trial, RTTs reported difficulties in delivering PoD and the quality assurance programme was updated accordingly. A follow-up questionnaire was sent assessing experience in IGRT and ART post-trial. Any changes in routine practice were also recorded.<h4>Results</h4>The experience of RTTs in IGRT and ART pre-trial varied. For centres deemed to have RTTs with more experience, the initial PoD quality assurance programme was streamlined. For RTTs without ART experience, the full quality assurance programme was implemented, of which 508 RTTs completed. The quality assurance programme was updated (as the trial recruited) and it was mandated that at least one representative RTT (regardless of pre-trial experience) participated in the update in real-time. The purpose of the updated quality assurance programme was to provide further support to RTTs in delivering a complex treatment. Engagement with the updated quality assurance programme was high, with RTTs in 24/33 centres participating in the real-time online workshop. All 33 UK centres reported all RTTs reviewed the updated training offline. Post-trial, the RTTs' experience in IGRT and ART was increased.<h4>Conclusion</h4>Overall, 508 RTTs undertook the PoD quality assurance programme. There was a high engagement of RTTs in the PoD quality assurance programme and trial. RTTs increased their experience in IGRT and ART and subsequently updated their practice for bladder cancer and other treatment sites.
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Clinical Academic Radiotherapy (Huddart)
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Clinical oncology (Royal College of Radiologists (Great Britain)), 2021