QMYOU Alumni Magazine Issue 84 - Page 9

New courses advance opportunities for British Sign Language/ English interpreters A CADEMICS AT QMU have launched two new modules in British Sign Language(BSL)/English Interpreting which will significantly advance the skills and understanding of experienced interpreters.  These modules are a stepping stone to the development of a fully online Master’s programme in Advanced BSL/English Interpreting, and represent an important advancement in the post-registration provision for BSL/English interpreters in the UK. For the first time, this will allow interpreters to get accreditation for work in specialist fields such as healthcare, education, legal services, and mental health provision. Interpreters typically work across a broad range of areas. Projected modules will allow practitioners to ratify existing skills already acquired in crucial areas, such as interpreting in the health service or education, as well as helping interpreters extend their practice into new specialisms. This will work-based learning; distance e-learning and block attendance. CPD is a requirement for all allied health professions in the UK in order to secure re-registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and to retain the right to practice within the UK. Radiographers are required to evidence their learning and to demonstrate how this learning has informed practice. The course aims to foster an intellectual approach to personal and professional development, encouraging diagnostic radiographers to challenge and progress radiography practice in response to evolutionary change. The course aims to provide flexibility in learning with the opportunity for learners to select modules in order to support individual practice development. Simon Holmes, Programme Leader for MSc Medical Imaging (MRI, CT and Clinical allow individuals to develop their profiles as specialists in key sectors. There is high demand for BSL/English interpreters across the UK, but training and development opportunities are not always easily accessible and can be very costly. These modules are unique, as they will be delivered entirely online, ensuring they are equally accessible regardless of geographic location. Dr Ben Matthews, Lecturer in Deaf Studies at QMU, explained: “The introductory two modules will focus on enhancing interpreters’ reflective practice and the theoretical foundations of their work. Further opportunities will be available in the future to develop their research skills and undertake a project in an area of personal interest, should students choose to complete the Master's award.” skillset for work in these priority areas, and we hope to develop an MSc in BSL in the near future. Professor Fiona Coutts, Dean of Health Sciences at QMU, said: “The development of this provision demonstrates that QMU is leading the way in addressing the actions that are likely to result from the BSL (Scotland) Act. Ultimately, it will enhance the quality of life of the deaf community in Scotland and beyond.” ❒ *full Master’s course is subject to validation Dr Rachel Mapson, Lecturer in BSL/English interpreting at QMU, said: “Continued professional development (CPD) is a requirement for registered interpreters. However, there is currently a gap in the market for academically accredited training that is both accessible and relevant to the everyday practice of BSL/English interpreters. The key benefit for interpreters will be the convenience of these modules – the fact that they are delivered entirely online. Our students will also be able to use their study to evidence annual CPD requirements.” In 2017, the Scottish Government will publish the first national action plan in relation to the BSL (Scotland) Act  2015. This Act imposes a duty on public bodies to promote use of BSL and it is anticipated that the initial plan will include a particular focus on education and healthcare. The new QMU modules, will help ensure interpreters have an enhanced Reporting) at QMU, said: “Diagnostic radiography and medical imaging are core components of modern healthcare and rely on rapidly changing diagnostic modalities. It is widely accepted that medical imaging will remain an essential component of diagnostic services for many years to come and that the demand for imaging services will continue to rise. “Recent modernisation within the NHS has raised the profile and extended the scope of practice for allied health professionals. Diagnostic radiographers, as one of the sixteen registered allied health profession groups, are now required to build and extend their scope of professional expertise within a multi-professional setting, so our new MSc Medical imaging will help them to achieve this objective.” Dawn Walker, Programme Leader for MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) at QMU, said: “The demand for medical ultrasound continues to rise and so the sonographer workforce in the UK is required to expand to meet the service needs. “It is important that sonographers working within this specialised imaging modality are offered a high standard of training and QMU is excited to be able to offer this CASE accredited programme in Scotland. Radiographers are offered the opportunity to extend their scope of practice with a PgC in four clinical areas within ultrasound; General Medical, Obstetric, Musculoskeletal and Breast Ultrasound.” MSc Medical Imaging does not lead to UK registration with the Health & Care Professions Council or the right to practice within the UK. For more information on MSc Medical Imaging at QMU and to apply, visit: www.qmu.ac.uk or email Simon Holmes, E: sholmes@qmu.ac.uk ❒ QMYOU / New Courses 9