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SCoR publishes response to Francis Report and Mid Staffordshire Independent Inquiry

12 December 2013

The Society and College of Radiographers implements measures to support the profession and promote patient-centred care

The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) has implemented a number of actions and published a response to the final report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry, chaired by Robert Francis QC.

The SCoR response includes revising the profession’s Code of Professional Conduct, building on and enhancing the library of e-learning resources, and upgrading the online CPD portfolio tool.

These measures and the formal response are the result of a working group established in February 2013 following the publication of the final report. Chaired by the SCoR’s immediate past president, Jackie Hughes, the group looked at how the organisation develops and implements policy for radiographers and the profession.

In line with all healthcare professions, the group also identified the lessons learned for the radiography workforce, to help ensure that the failures identified at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust are not repeated.

Pam Black, SCoR president and a member of the working party, comments:

“The events that took place at Mid Staffordshire and their consequences for patients and their loved ones, were deeply disturbing and shameful.

“No radiographer came under the scrutiny of the independent inquiry. However, radiographers are core frontline staff who come into contact on a daily basis with patients who are ill, vulnerable and elderly. There is, therefore, significant potential for them to be aware of poor standards of care.

“It is the professional responsibility of every member of the workforce to take action where there is concern or, indeed, evidence of unacceptable or substandard care. Turning a blind eye is not an option.”

The chair of the SCoR working group, Jackie Hughes, says:

“The inquiry has given all healthcare professionals much to reflect on. As both a professional and a representative body, the SCoR made it clear that it would take time to fully consider and review its own functions and structures.

“This document sets out our direct responses to the Francis Report’s recommendations, along with many of our expectations of the workforce, as well as those who commission clinical imaging or radiotherapy services. Central to our response is our expectation that the radiography profession puts the patient first at all times."

"We urge all members of the profession – as well as patients and service commissioners – to read this extremely important document. It is one that will be informing our work well into the future, not least because we intend to do an annual stocktake to ensure that what we do continues to help our profession to deliver safe, high quality and compassionate care for patients."

Download/read the final response. The document will remain in the SCoR's online policy & document library.

Notes for Editor

The SCoR working group was tasked to find the lessons to be learned by the radiography profession. The group’s aim was to provide the radiography workforce and profession with meaningful and enduring leadership, guidance and support in light of the inquiry report’s recommendations. The joint response of the Society of Radiographers and the College of Radiographers to the Final Report of the Independent Enquiry into care provided by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust can be downloaded at: For more information please contact Dominic Deeson on 01227 469060 or 0795 784 5238.

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