Course of Study for the Certification of Competence in Administering Intravenous Injections for Radiographers

  • Level: Short Course
  • Starting: November 2019
  • Study mode: Short Course (1 day)
  • Location: City South

This course is aimed at registered / practising radiographers who wish to develop skills in intravenous injection. This course is designed to enable practitioners to gain accreditation for intravenous injection skills and to be able to practice safely within a written scheme of work.

The course addresses the key theoretical components essential to the administering of intravenous injections and practical sessions under the supervision of an experienced trainer and is delivered over a six month period with an initial one day of contact at the university. This is then followed by clinical practice within the radiographers’ department whereby practical requirements are undertaken. Here they will complete a clinical log book under the supervision of a named mentor/supervisor. The written examination and completion of the clinical log book must be completed within the six month period. 

This course is not open to International students

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Nov 2019 SC 1 day

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

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Entry Requirements

The course is available to all practicing radiographers (both diagnostic and therapeutic) who are HCPC registered. Applicants are required submit evidence of approval for clinical practice and supervision from their line manager/clinical director and a named supervisor at application.  

Course dates

  • Wednesday 6 November 2019

Course Content

This course is designed to enable practitioners to gain accreditation for intravenous injection skills and to be able to practice safely within a written scheme of work. The course addresses the key theoretical components essential to the administering of intravenous injections and practical sessions under the supervision of an experienced trainer. 

Radio-Nuclide imaging, Magnetic Resonance imaging and other medicine used in clinical practice may be discussed during the theoretical component of the course but not in depth and candidates are advised to carry out further self-study dependent on clinical speciality. 

History of contrast media
Medico-legal information
The Cannulation procedure and anatomy of the upper limb
The physiology of reactions to contrast media
Risk assessment of the patient
Management of reactions to intravenous contrast media
Emergency drugs
Drug interactions
Clinical management of the patient
The use of muscle relaxants

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course candidates will be able to:

  • Discuss the role of the practitioner radiographer in the administration of intravenous injections
  • Demonstrate the professional and medico-legal implications of this role
  • Draw up criteria under which practitioners may undertake intravenous injections
  • Demonstrate the ability to asses risk groups and profile the patient for suitability for intravenous injection by the practitioner
  • Negotiate and implement departmental protocols for the administration of intravenous injections by practitioners
  • Demonstrate understanding of pharmacological and physiological principles of medicines administered in clinical practice
  • Explain and undertake the procedure of intravenous substance administration
  • Explain and implement the safety precautions associated with intravenous administration
  • Recognise and deal appropriately with any adverse reaction to intravenous administration
  • Evaluate and assess the procedure of administering intravenous injections


  • Completion of clinical practice record is assessed by a trained supervisor (a Radiologist or a Radiographer who currently holds the College of Radiographers certificate for intravenous injections).  The clinical practice record should include a minimum of 20 unassisted and successful cannulations.
  • A short written examination to be attempted within 6 months of the course.  The examination is 1 hour 30 minutes duration and has a 50% pass mark.  This is in line with postgraduate regulations, as this is a post-registration short course

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

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Genny is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a senior lecturer in radiography (specialising in CT scanning, cross-sectional imaging and CT head reporting). Her role is Programme Lead for MSc Radiography. Genny co-ordinates and teach on both undergraduate and post graduate radiography programmes specialising in cross sectional imaging, anatomy and CT head reporting. 

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Having qualified from University of Central England (now BCU) in 2000, I worked for City Hospital, Birmingham for 13 years. I became an Advanced Practitioner in 2004 as a reporting radiographer. I maintained my clinical expertise by working evening shifts alongside my university work up until October 2013.

Having worked at the university for 9 years I have been involved in a wide variety of modules. Part of my job over the last 4 years has been to develop and instil simulation into the Undergraduate Diagnostic radiography programme.

At the moment I am currently working towards my MSc in Radiography and I hope to complete this by 2015.

I am currently the module coordinator for a number of modules both undergraduate and post graduate.

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