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Radiotherapy students' perceptions of support provided by clinical supervisors

Armstrong-James, L., Khine, R., Thorne, R. , Tuckey, M. J. E. & Bennett, C. (2019). Radiotherapy students' perceptions of support provided by clinical supervisors. Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 19(1), pp. 15-19. doi: 10.1017/s1460396919000426


Aim: The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of radiotherapy students on clinical placement, specifically focussing on the provision of well-being support from clinical supervisors.

Materials and methods: Twenty-five students from the University of the West of England and City University of London completed an online evaluation survey relating to their experiences of placement, involving Likert scales and open-ended questions.

Results: The quantitative results were generally positive; however, the qualitative findings were mixed. Three themes emerged: (1) provision of information and advice; (2) an open, inclusive and supportive working environment; and (3) a lack of communication, understanding, and consistency.

Findings: Students' experiences on placement differed greatly and appeared to relate to their specific interactions with different members of staff. It is suggested that additional training around providing well-being support to students may be of benefit to clinical supervisors.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike licence (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the same Creative Commons licence is included and the original work is properly cited. The written permission of Cambridge University Press must be obtained for commercial re-use.
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Midwifery & Radiography
School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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