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The Role of the Radiographer in Computed Tomography Imaging
In line with the Society and College of Radiographers “Role of the Radiographer” promotional resources https://www.sor.org/about-radiography/promotional-resources a new document defining the Role of the Radiographer in CT has been produced. It illustrates the technological growth of CT and its pivotal position in the diagnostic pathway. It demonstrates the diverse skills, experience and personal qualities required of the radiographer in the modern and challenging CT environment.
It is intended to be of interest to radiographers either seeking to expand their role into CT or to advance their current practice within this specialist imaging modality.
It aims to offer support for existing leaders of CT services and to provide guidance for those seeking to commission new or additional services.
Consultant Radiographer - Guidance for the Support of New and Established Roles
The Department of Health defines a Consultant Allied Health Professional (AHP) as an individual who provides clinical leadership within a specialism, bringing strategic direction, innovation and influence through practice, research and education. In radiography, although these posts were developed at a time of medical Consultant shortages, they were not designed as a replacement but to enhance service delivery by:
- providing better outcomes for patients by improving quality and services
- providing a new career opportunity to help retain experienced staff and recognise their clinical contribution
- strengthening professional leadership.
According to the Department for Health (DoH), non-medical Consultant posts consist of four core domains of practice:
- Expert clinical practice
- Professional leadership and consultancy
- Education, training and development
- Practice and service development, research and evaluation.
The College of Radiographers, as the UK Professional Body, expects its members at Consultant Radiographer (CR) level to be in alignment with the DoH recommendations; as illustrated in the Career Framework.
To optimise role performance, create and sustain healthy working practices and encourage retention, these senior roles require support and strategic planning.
This guidance is based on existing documents, definitions and experience of established CRs. It is intended to be an all-encompassing document, providing clear guidance on the national requirements needed to support this role. It explores all four core domains, explains rationale for robust job descriptions and job plans, clarifies how to facilitate role development and touches on terms and conditions.
Have you paused and checked? Radiotherapy
A range of ‘Have you paused and checked?’ posters have been published to serve as a handy reminder for therapeutic radiographers.
The posters are designed in a PDF format to allow for easy downloading and printing for display in the department as required. Sections of text can be edited to reflect local protocols.
There are four posters in the series:
- IR(ME)R checklist for referrers about to refer a patient
- IR(ME)R checklist for operators about to CT a patient
- IR(ME)R checklist for operators about to treat a patient
- IR(ME)R checklist for operators about to treat a simulator planned patient
Each poster is designed to act as a ready reminder of the checks that need to be made when referring or treating a patient.
To be able to edit the sections of text that can be changed, the PDFs must be opened using the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC application. This is a free application that is standard on many PCs and Apple Mac computers.
The downloadable pdfs below are set for A4 printing but they can also be printed A3 size by using the scaling feature in PC printer software that allows a user to choose what size they want a document to be printed.
Approval and Accreditation Board; Annual Report 2014-15
The CoR is pleased to publish the 2014-2015 Approval and Accreditation Board (AAB) Report. The purpose of the report is to draw together the activity of the AAB by including data on the approval and accreditation work of the Board. Data and statistics from the Education Institution Annual Survey constitute a significant proportion of the report. These statistics provide a mainly quantitative overview of the position of radiographic education within the UK. This will enable education providers, including providers of clinical imaging and radiotherapy services, to compare their own data with national data and to extract key areas where they may have further work to do or areas where they can share their good practice with the rest of the radiographic community.
This document is available as a PDF only. Click here to download.
The College of Radiographers Research Priorities for the Radiographic Profession
Research should be at the heart of healthcare practice, underpinning all aspects of patient care. In order for radiography practice to move forward, radiographers need to lead and participate in research and implement the findings of such research to enable improvements in health care delivery, patient care, technological innovations, education, and development of the workforce. This need is made explicit in the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency for Radiographers, which state that radiographers must be able to engage in evidence-based practice.
A newly revised research strategy from the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) from 2016 to 2021 sets a clear vision to improve patient care and outcomes by continuing to develop, grow and implement a high quality evidence base. In order to meet the aims and vision of the SCoR research strategy, it is important to identify what the key research areas will be for radiography research in the UK over the next five years. These research priority areas will enable the profession to focus research activity on topics that are deemed to be critical for current and future radiography practice; and enable appropriate channelling of funding resources. This report describes the modified Delphi method used to establish the key research priority areas for the radiography profession.
The Radiography Workforce: Current Challenges and Changing Needs
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Society and College of Radiographers and British Medical Ultrasound Society: Guidelines for professional ultrasound practice
This document is as a result of collaboration between the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) and the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS). Originally published in December 2015 it will be reviewed every year to maintain currency. This is ‘Revision 1’ and is dated December 2016. These Guidelines are not designed to be prescriptive but to inform good ultrasound practice, they are a further development of the former United Kingdom Association of Sonographers (UKAS) Guidelines. They also provide a valuable source of information for many ultrasound related topics with active weblinks to relevant organisations and advice.
This document is available as a PDF only, click here to download the document.
Diagnostic Radiography UK Workforce Report 2016
In May 2016, the College of Radiographers (CoR) carried out a census of the diagnostic radiography workforce in the UK. The objectives were to establish the size, structure, nature and vacancy rate of the workforce in order to inform workforce planning. Around 90 providers of diagnostic imaging responded to an online questionnaire. This document presents an analysis of the census results.
Patient Identification: guidance and advice - Medical Ultrasound Examinations
The Clinical Imaging Board (CIB) has previously issued a statement in recognition of the importance of correct patient identification when undertaking diagnostic imaging procedures utilising ionising radiation. This has been adapted to include advice published by the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) so as to apply to medical ultrasound examinations. These examinations do not involve the use of ionising radiation but the good practice principles of safe patient identification are the same. This guidance is endorsed by BMUS.
This document is in PDF format only. Click here to download.
Trans Equality; guidance for the radiography workforce (imaging and radiotherapy)
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SoR group Equalise presents this guide to assist the workforce to better understand Trans-gender. The guide looks at the issue of trans equality and provides an introduction to the issues, information on the legal framework and guidance on common workplace issues.