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ADC 2017 Motions

UK COUNCIL RULE CHANGE

 

MOTION 1

Subject: Proposed Rule Change Motion

This rule change motion ensures the wording in the ADC Standing Orders and Rules replicates the wording in the SoR handbook and reflects the practice operated by the delegate Conference Committee since 2013.

In the ADC Standing orders and Rules delete existing paragraph 5.1.2 and replace with a new paragraph 5.1.2 as follows:

Consider all motions submitted for consideration and, for the purpose of enabling Conference to transact business effectively DCC shall

i.   decide whether motions have been submitted in accordance with the Rules. 

ii.  Group together motions relating to the same subject and decide the order in which they should be debated and voted on by Conference.

iii. Make arrangements where necessary for compositing motions. In doing so, DCC will consult with movers of motions and amendments.

iv. Offer guidance to regions and countries regarding the motions submitted prior to the final deadline for submitting motions. 

v.  After offering guidance the DCC can refuse to accept motions where the wording does not include a clear instruction regarding action required, where the motion itself is unclear, where the motion is factually incorrect or where the motion simply restates a policy set at the previous year’s ADC. 

vi. Amendments that clarify and enhance motions will be accepted but amendments that alter the purpose of the original motion will not be accepted.

UK COUNCIL

MOTION CARRIED

 

PUBLIC POLICY

MOTION 2

Subject: Public Health (Wales) Bill (Group debate with Motion 3)

The Public Health Wales Bill is currently going through its preliminary readings and committee sessions. The Bill, amongst other things looks to provide Welsh Government with the ability to place additional restrictions on smoking in School Grounds, Hospital Grounds and public playgrounds. 

Staff are expected to challenge people smoking in the grounds of hospitals and are often subject to verbal abuse when they do so. Welsh council believes that in order to provide some additional protection for staff this Bill should be passed. 

Conference calls on UK Council to Lobby for acceptance of this bill and to provide advice and guidance to Reps around how best to gain support for the bill. 

WELSH COUNCIL

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 3

Subject: Smoke Free Environment 

It is not uncommon for patients to smoke in hospital entrances, despite the provision of smoking shelters and “No smoking” policies adopted by Trusts. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to ask all NHS Trusts to enforce their policies support patients and visitors to comply with their policies, and when required enforce the policy in a meaningful way, thus protecting the health of patients, visitors and staff who wish to occupy a smoke-free environment. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

Replace ‘ask all NHS Trusts to enforce their policies’ with ‘support patients and visitors to comply with their policies, and when required enforce the policy’

Amendment submitted by NORTH WEST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 4

Subject: Reducing the Cost of Employment Tribunal Fees (Group debate with Motion 5)

Since 2013 fees have been charged to take a case to the employment tribunal, these can be as much as £1200. Subsequently there has been a drop of around 70% in cases lodged. This can effectively be seen as a tax on justice and may have had an effect on discouraging employers settling cases early if they feel the claimant cannot raise the necessary fee to pursue the case in court. 

Conference calls on the UK Council to support the TUC and campaign for a reduction in employment tribunal fees which are now beyond the reach of many individuals and have restricted access to justice for those suffering workplace discrimination or unlawful employment practices. 

EASTERN REGION

UK Council will listen to the debate.

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 5

Subject: Scrapping Employment Tribunal Fees 

Employment tribunal fees were introduced on July 2013, immediately making it harder for employees – especially those on low incomes – to challenge bosses who break the law. Unsurprisingly employment tribunal claims have since dropped by 77 %, from 187,441 between October 2012 and September 2013 to 43,961 between October 2013 and September 2014 

There was no significant change in the ratio of employers winning cases versus employees winning cases when comparing pre- and post-fee periods. 

Evidence obtained by the Citizens Advice Bureau suggests less than a third of claims assessed as having a very good, good or fifty-fifty chance of success were considered likely to be, or were definitely being taken forward by their clients and the concern is that fees are deterring, and in some cases preventing, individuals from exercising their employment rights. The large decline in claims is unlikely to be accounted for entirely by cases of ‘won’t pay’ and it must reflect at least some cases of ‘can’t pay’.  

As a result it’s too easy for bad employers to escape justice. Many low-wage workers now have to put up with unfair or discriminatory treatment simply because they cannot afford to take a case. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to

•   Put weight behind other campaigns such as the legal action by the trade union Unison and to use what ever means it can to persuade the government to remove fees for ET’s 

SOUTH EAST REGION

UK Council will listen to the debate.

MOTION FALLS

 

UK COUNCIL STATEMENT ON BREXIT

Statement by UK Council following the Enactment of Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon.

UK Council notes

1. On 29th March 2017 the UK Government enacted Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty   triggering the process which will lead to the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union thus implementing the decision taken on 23rd June 2016 when a majority of those voting, voted for the UK to leave the EU

2. There will follow a period of negotiation of up to two years between the UK Government and the EU on the exact terms of the withdrawal.

UK Council recognises

1. This has a profound impact on members in the four countries and that, while respecting the different views  members will have  on whether  the decision taken on 23rd June 2016 is in the best interests of the U.K. and its citizens, it is important that, as the trade union and professional body for all working in radiography, the SoR uses its influence wherever it can to protect the interests of members, the profession and patients during these negotiations.

2. The precise impact on the four countries will vary with a possible second independence referendum in Scotland and questions over the validity of the Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland.

3. The specific impact on members living in Northern Ireland but working in the south if there is to be a hard border between the two countries and the need to ensure these members are informed and supported at every opportunity.

UK Council therefore resolves to work

1. On behalf of all members in the four countries by liaising closely with Regional Committees and National Councils to ensure priorities are identified quickly enabling the union to campaign purposefully during the  negotiations and at the next general election, whether that is called early or takes place as expected in 2020.

UK Council has therefore identified the following initial campaign objectives

1. The guaranteed right for EU nationals living and working in the UK, including those who are members of ours, to remain in the UK with the retention of all existing rights.

2. The guaranteed right for UK nationals living and working in other EU countries, including those who are members of ours, to be able to continue to do so with the retention of all existing rights.

3. A guarantee that all employment protection legislation originating in the EU will be immediately enshrined in UK law with a further guarantee that there will be no repeal of this legislation. The development of Sustainable Transformation Plans increases the potential for members in the NHS to see their employer to change, combined with the regular change of ownership among private sector companies, places particular urgency on ensuring provisions that protect members when their employer changes, such as TUPE, are maintained post Brexit.

4. The retention of other legislation regulating working time and other health and safety issues post Brexit.

5. That the uncertainty created by Brexit is not allowed to adversely impact on the pay or job security of our members and not only is there no return to the pay freezes of the austerity years but that members’ standard of living rises.

6. That politicians prioritise the need to properly fund a free at the point of use UK wide NHS and that those now holding senior Government positions who argued during the Brexit campaign that leaving the European Union would enable more money to be spent on healthcare keep their word.

7. That throughout the negotiations particular attention is paid to the position of members working in Northern Ireland and Eire to ensure that should there be the creation of a hard land border between the UK and the EU this does not affect their ability to work as radiographers wherever they are qualified to do so.

UK Council believes these initial priorities must be pursued vigorously using all of the influence the Society can bring to ensure that whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations any adverse impact on those who work in radiography and those who,  as patients, rely on our members is limited.
UK Council therefore urges members to contribute to the political fund to ensure we can pursue these priorities purposefully during the Brexit negotiations and the anticipated General Election to follow.

 

MOTION 6

Motion withdrawn.

 

EMERGENCY MOTION 3

Conference notes the triggering of Article 50 on 29 March 2017. The next two years will see extensive and detailed activity during with the UK government will seek to agree EU exit terms with the remaining 27 EU member states. In preparation for the U.K.’s exit the government published its Great Repeal Bill.

Conference believes that in the context of Brexit and a general election now called 8 June 2017, it is essential that the SOR is fully geared up to actively campaign to protect its members interests.

ADC 2015 passed a motion calling on UK Council to establish a political fund, and this was set up in 2016. However conference is concerned that the fund was not launched until late November 2016 and that today the take up of members contributing has been minimal.

Conference further believes it is absolutely essential that the SOR seeks to maximise membership take up of the political fund to maximise the amount available to fund a political campaigning and activity.

Conference calls upon UK Council to:

• Re-launch the political fund with a positive campaign to inform the membership of the value of having and contributing to the fund and
• Immediately move to an opt-out arrangement in line with current legislation for England Wales and Scotland
• Give urgent consideration to publicising practically how the fund can be used on behalf of SOR members in the context of Brexit and the run-up to the General Election, and
• Take immediate steps to register as a non-party campaigner with the electoral commission

NORTHERN IRELAND COUNCIL

UK Council will listen to the debate.

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 7

Subject: Professional Issues and Brexit 

As we all know the EU referendum held in June 2016 resulted in a majority vote to leave the European Union. With the future of this decision still unknown we don’t know what impact this may or may not have on professional issues. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to keep the Northern Ireland membership informed of any changes/updates to professional issues with Brexit. This is of particular importance due to the unique challenges that may be faced by Northern Ireland with its border with the Republic of Ireland /Europe. 

NORTHERN IRELAND COUNCIL

UK Council will support this motion.

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 8

Subject: Public Health Intervention and the Role of Radiographers

Last year a motion (22) relating to Public Health Intervention and the role of radiographers in promoting health and well-being was debated. During the debate it transpired that expectations of employers and professional bodies are not being clearly articulated to members regarding the broad scope for contributing to the holistic wellbeing of the patient. 

Conference calls on UK Council to work with HEIs and radiographers who are already engaging with best practice in this area to share case examples, that may encourage others to see the value and opportunities available for radiographers to be involved in this transformation approach. This should update and build on the 2011 published guidance.

SCOTTISH COUNCIL

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 9

Subject: Shortage Occupation List 

Following the loss of healthcare bursaries, and potential reduced EU immigration and restrictions on freedom of movement into the UK, at the same time as increasing demand for diagnosis and treatment of an aging population, Conference calls upon UK Council to work with the Migration Advisory Council so that occupations on the Shortage Occupation List are updated regularly in order to maintain the provision of suitable services to the healthcare consumers of the UK. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion.

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 10

Subject: Communicating Mental Capacity 

The Butterfly scheme works well for patients suffering from memory loss, delirium or confusion. 

We also come into contact with patients with mental capacity issues as part of their care pathways. 

With an increasing number of patients with different issues coming through radiology departments for imaging, it is imperative that we are aware of these issues in order to communicate at the appropriate level with patients who require different approaches. Without these being communicated to radiographers and other clinical colleagues, we are at a disadvantage and are unable to practice the best care for the patient. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to raise awareness with other health related Professional Bodies, in order to highlight the consequences of not communicating these conditions, so that practitioners can offer these patients the best from clinical and professional practice.

MIDLANDS REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 11

Subject: Protection of Worker Rights after the UK Leaves the EU 

A large proportion of worker’s rights are ingrained into European Union law and have taken many years of negotiation to become so. The triggering of Article 50, causing the UK to leave the EU, means that British Law will no longer necessarily be the same as EU law. It is vital that current worker’s rights should not be diminished in any way because of this action.   

Conference calls upon UK Council to work with the TUC, and other relevant parties, and negotiate with the UK Government to ensure that current worker rights are kept as a minimum for changes in the law in the future. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 12

Subject: Myths around National Insurance Contributions and Pensions

In April 2016 the National Insurance Contributions (NIC) for all NHS staff increased. Up to this date NHS staff paid a reduced rate of NI contributions, as the NHS “contracted out”.

The two tier state pension arrangement introduced in 1978 changed in 2016, with the introduction of the single tier state scheme and the ending of SERPS. Contracting out has now also ended as there is no longer anything to contract out of.

People in contracted out schemes feel they must work 35 years on the current scheme and that they are not being given the opportunity to pay higher NI contributions to get a full state pension. These factual inaccuracies have led to confusion amongst members.

Conference calls upon UK Council to provide guidance to members on the recent changes to state pensions including the introduction of the flat rate pension, the ending of contracting out and increases to the retirement age with the resulting guidance being published in Synergy or Online.

Conference also calls upon UK Council to provide training sessions for National Councils, Regional Committees and Reps on these changes.

Conference further call on UK Council to keep Pensions developments under review, and to work through the TUC to ensure that the SoR voice is heard to protect our members interests.

MIDLANDS REGION

Insert ‘Conference also calls upon UK Council to provide training sessions for National Councils, Regional Committees and Reps on these changes.

Conference further call on UK Council to keep Pensions developments under review, and to work through the TUC to ensure that the SoR voice is heard to protect our members interests.’

Amendment submitted by LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 13

Subject: Change to State Pension

This conference notes that thousands of 50 plus women will have to wait longer to receive their state pension. Over the course of this decade women’s state pension age is rising from 60 which is was until 2010. Originally the age was to rise to 65 in line with men’s pension age by 2020.

But in 2011 the coalition decided that the rises should be accelerated so that both men’s and women’s state pension age reached 66 by 2020.

Thousands of women will have to wait longer, for many this is a double delay.

These changes were not properly communicated.

The move to 66 comes too soon.

The new system could mean less money.

Conference believes the changes to be iniquitous and calls upon UK Council to:

•   Campaign for the changes to be postponed so that no women loose out.

•   To support The Women Against State Pension Inequality Campaign and to make a final donation to the campaigns running costs.

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 14

Subject: Identifying Dementia Patients 

There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with this figure set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. A further 250,000 people will develop dementia this year, which is one every three minutes. More than a quarter of hospital inpatients have dementia but not all staff may be aware that a patient has dementia. It is important for all staff to be aware of a patient’s dementia as it may affect the type or nature of treatment the person receives. 

Some hospitals have introduced a ‘dementia identification scheme’, whereby patients with dementia have a symbol printed on their hospital identification bracelet, or the bracelet itself may be coloured. This provides a good basis for communication with staff to help them identify a patient with dementia. 

GPs are frequently the first point of contact for patients with dementia and it could be at this stage that the dementia identification scheme begins. However, more work is needed in order to be able to implement this in all healthcare settings, providing a universal way of identifying patients with dementia, to ensure they get the correct treatment delivered to them in the correct way. Therefore conference calls upon UK Council to work with unions such as the BMA and Royal College of GPs, as well as charities such as Alzheimer’s Society, to help develop a universal way of identifying patients with dementia while in a healthcare setting. 

EASTERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 15

Subject: Control of Medical Litigation Adverts 

Recent years have seen compensations claim companies expanding and actively promoting their services. This is now pushing into medical litigation claims services. Often these companies can be seen as being aggressive in their pursuing of people to encourage them to claim when things may have gone wrong. This can be in the terms of printed adverts and cold calling. 

Conference is concerned that the active pursuit of people in this way can be insensitive. Conference calls upon UK council to raise this issue with the relevant bodies to introduce legislation to regulate this type of advertising and promotion of services, and ensure that these bodies also enforce any legislation. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 16

Subject: Silent Fireworks

This conference notes that the sale of fireworks to the public has become widespread, with very large noisy fireworks available at most large supermarkets.

The use of fireworks is also no longer limited to the 5th November or New Years Eve.

The noise from these can present a significant cause of harm to wildlife, livestock, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) sufferers and pet owners.

Conference calls upon UK Council to lobby the government to change the law on publicly for sale fireworks, to only allow the sale of silent/quiet fireworks for domestic use in the UK.

SOUTH WEST REGION

UK Council will listen to the debate

FALLS

 

SOR POLICY

MOTION 17

Subject: Member Benefits (Group Debate with Motion 18)

With budgets being squeezed more and more, our members are starting to feel the pinch and question what they are really getting for their money. 

Although the SoR does offer a fantastic legal package and indemnity Insurance for its members – there appears to be no complimentary benefits for our members. 

With current SoR membership costing just over £21 a month for a fully Qualified Radiographer we owe it to our members to ensure that they each feel valued. 

Local representatives are often asked questions such as: 

•   Why are we still in receipt of printed copies of Synergy when surely it’s more cost effective to become an electronic version hosted on SoR webpage for all to access? 

•   Why are there no ‘fringe benefits’ with SoR membership as there are with other unions such as ‘UNISON’ 

With Unison Membership, based on earnings, a qualified Radiographer working at Band 5/6 would be paying £17.25 pcm (£207 PA) – whereas a member of SoR will be paying £21.33 pcm (£256 PA). 

With the above in mind Conference calls upon UK Council to campaign for member benefits, thereby supporting your local Representatives in the recruitment and retention of future SoR members, as well as retaining the current members. 

EASTERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 18

Subject: Retirement and Insurance 

This Conference recognises and applauds the SOR for having a reduced membership rate for retired members and for advising that insurance should be maintained for a further 3 years post retirement. 

There is, however, a discrepancy between state retirement age and work pension retirement age which is causing confusion for members as to when the reduced membership payments commence. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to formulate and disseminate clear, up to date guidance for members on the reduced rate of membership on retirement so that they have all the facts and can plan their retirement appropriately. 

MIDLANDS REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 19

Subject: Female Genital Mutilation and The Role of the Radiographer

On 31st October 2015 a mandatory reporting duty for regulated health professionals to report known cases of female genital mutilation came into force. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to produce and circulate guidance on detecting and reporting such cases to members advice on action to take if FGM is identified or suspected and to actively encourage practitioners to access the excellence E-learning for health module to ensure these requirements are met.

EQUALISE

UK Council will support this motion

Replace ‘guidance on detecting and reporting such cases to members’ with ‘advice on action to take if FGM is identified or suspected and to actively encourage practitioners to access the excellence E-learning for health module’.

Amendment submitted by MIDLANDS REGION

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 20

Subject: Playlist For Life

Researchers have highlighted the potential for music to alleviate dementia symptoms such as anxiety and agitation, reducing the need for medication. Playlist for Life is a charity which encourages families and caregivers to create a playlist of personally meaningful music on an iPod for people with dementia.

Conference calls on UK Council to:

•   Explore with Playlist For life the benefits for dementia patients undergoing treatment/examinations

•   Support the Playlist for Life iPod donation drive via an article in Synergy

SCOTTISH COUNCIL

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 21

Subject: Supporting the POA 

Prison officer numbers have fallen by 30% since 2010 whilst the prison population has stayed relatively stable. This is creating a dangerous and unstable climate in prisons with self-inflicted death, self-inflicted harm and assaults on officers increasing. Also 18 prisons have closed or been re-roled as immigration removal centres leading to more pressure on the remaining establishments as they have to accommodate higher numbers of inmates. The increase in overcrowding in already full prisons has lead to riots taking place. 

UK Council call upon Conference to support the Prison Officers Association (POA) in their campaign for a substantial increase in officer numbers and a reduction of overcrowding in prisons.

UK COUNCIL

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 22

Subject: Leadership

One of the key challenges post Francis report is to embed and nurture cultures that improve safe and compassionate healthcare, leadership is evidenced as the most influential factor in shaping that culture in organisations.

There is a compelling need for leadership across professional boundaries, as evidenced by Professor Michael West from the Kings Fund that is clearly linked to organisational outcomes and patient outcome data. Traditionally the approach has been programmes provided to individuals in remote locations. Developing leadership is best done back at base and highlights the important contribution of organisational development not just individual leader development.

UK Council seeks support from this conference to explore and action ways that are evidence based in which leadership skills can be developed and embedded at all levels of the radiographic profession across all four countries of the UK.

UK COUNCIL

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 23

Subject: Utilisation of Reporting Radiographers

It has been strongly proven that advanced practice reporting radiographers (RR) make a considerable contribution to the quality and timeliness of provision of reporting services. With a lack of radiologists and an ever increasing workload these radiographers provide vital input in adhering to safe reporting times and reducing the burden on radiologist colleagues. Radiographer reporting is a necessary service for patients; it is robust in its’ clinical effectiveness; is proving efficient and cost effective and the standard of reporting is the same as that for consultant radiologists.

However, many of these radiographers, despite being trained to a high standard at post graduate level are prevented from making a full contribution in their area due to numerous factors; variation in scope of practice across health boards and Trust’s, lack of funding and backfill for sessions limiting possible RR reporting time, pay protection preventing role progression, lack of managerial and radiologist support.

Conference calls on UK Council to:

Raise the profile of the RR and engage with Commissioning Groups and Chief Executives to promote the positive impact this group of advanced practitioners can bring to a department when utilised in the correct way.

SCOTTISH COUNCIL

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 24

Subject: Out sourcing of CT Out-of-Hours Reporting

The out-sourcing of CT reporting out of hours, to third party services is becoming an ever increasing reality in today’s NHS. This use of third party companies appears to coincide with an increase in work load and often these scans appear non-compliant with RCR and NICE guidelines.

Whilst we do not endorse the privatisation of services, Conference calls upon UK Council for practical advice for Radiographers as HCPC registrants to deal with these companies when we feel the scan protocols requested are not in the best interests of the patient.

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will oppose this motion

MOTION FALLS

 

MOTION 25

Subject: Time for Checking 

Everyday, imaging staff undertake checks prior to any imaging examination /procedure or treatment. 

Many of these checks cannot be undertaken by non registered staff as they must remain the responsibility of the practitioner or operator. This is part of our professional responsibility. 

These checks take time to undertake and lists must be planned so that there is time to facilitate them. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to lobby all health Providers to maintain throughput to a workable level and allow time for these vital checks to occur. 

MIDLANDS REGION

UK Council will oppose this motion

MOTION FALLS

 

MOTION 26

Subject: Allied Health Professionals 

Allied health professionals are the third largest professional group in the NHS workforce, yet we tend to be overlooked. Despite work being done to increase our standing nationally, on a local level Radiographers don’t know much about their AHP counterparts. 

Conference calls on UK council to offer our AHP siblings a platform, for example, “a day in the life of...” column in Synergy, so we can inform ourselves on what they do. Hopefully, they may also do similar and we can increase the awareness of all our roles. By doing this conference believes it can educate us in other professional roles within the NHS and it can unite us. Because knowledge is power and we are stronger united. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 27

Subject: Promoting the Radiography Profession 

How many of us can actually say that we have a complete understanding of what the other side of our profession does. The public perception and understanding of the Radiography Profession is limited. We work daily as part of the Multi Professional Team and our AHP colleagues don’t understand what our job entails. Radiography is involved in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers but GPs aren’t fully aware of our roles. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to support our National Officer and Northern Ireland Council providing guidance and financial assistance in initiatives to promote the Radiography Profession to the public and our Medical and Allied Health Professional colleagues. 

NORTHERN IRELAND COUNCIL

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 28

Subject: Increasing Membership Amongst Radiographers Recruited from Overseas 

Currently approximately 10 to 15% of the NHS workforce are recruited from outside the UK, from both the EU and the rest of the world. Figures are not available for radiography specifically, nor for those employed by private health care providers. It is likely that numbers are not insignificant and these radiographers are under-represented in the membership of the Society. 

Conference calls on UK Council to research the number of overseas radiographers in the radiographic workforce and to take action to increase membership amongst this group. 

EASTERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 29

Subject: Engagement of SOR Members

It has been noted over the past year that there has been an increase in study days that have had to be postponed or cancelled due to lack of attendees. Also the struggle of some Regional Committees to run a purposeful committee – due to the increasing number of reps that are either unable to be released from work or are disassociated with this potential part of their role as a rep.

For those involved in the organisation this is disappointing, but for the on-going engagement of members and fulfilment of CPD requirements for HCPC it is worrying.

Conference calls upon UK Council to investigate the possible disengagement of members in participating in study days and committees and the underlying causes for this and look for any solutions to aid re engaging our members and reps.

SOUTH WEST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

​MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 30

Subject: Community Platform 

Synapse groups have been established for various groups throughout the membership and this has shown to be a quick and effective method of communication between members who otherwise wouldn’t be in regular contact. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to investigate the costing and feasibility of a social media platform to engage members in a sense of community within the organisation. This may facilitate the development of discussion forums for regional representatives, national/regional officers and the membership for each region. 

NORTHERN IRELAND COUNCIL

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 31

Subject: Using Social Media to Benefit Members and Promote the Radiographic Profession 

In society today there is an increasing reliance on technology and in particular the use of social media, by individuals and groups to communicate with a wide audience instantaneously. By understanding the main methods of social media in use and the impact this can have, we can ensure the Society and College of Radiographers utilise this technology to promote the profession and benefit members. 

Examples of how this can be applied are: 

•   Post links to hot topics and pertinent articles as they are released through SOR social media sites 

•   Respond instantaneously to press releases by government 

•   Use social media sites to engage with other professional and government bodies to raise the profile of Radiographers and what they can do for you! 

•   Engage the membership by having interactive conversations, which in turn would lead to an understanding of how members feel about current issues 

It is not the intention to replace current forms of communication with members, merely to enhance what is already in place. 

Conference calls upon UK council to: 

1.  Increase the SCoR social media presence to enable dynamic conversations and interactions with members and other agencies

2.  To provide education and resources for those who work on a voluntary basis within the various Regions and Councils to ensure future success within this area 

SCOTTISH COUNCIL

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 32

Subject: Annual Delegates Conference Motions Database 

SOR reps are regularly asked by members “what is the Society doing about ….” or “what is the SOR position on….”

To answer these questions, we then need to navigate the SOR website to see whether or not the issues raised have been addressed at ADC. Motions and what actions were taken are recorded year by year, which means you need to search each year via a PDF for specific topics. If all motions were recorded together and “searchable” via a keyword it would allow reps and members an easy to access resource which would provide all information debated on a specific topic.

Conference calls on UK Council to:

Develop a ADC motions database on the SOR website where reps and members can input a keyword that will retrieve any previous motions on the subject requested

SCOTTISH COUNCIL

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 33

Subject: Membership Database 

In the run up to ADC the Society of Radiographers emailed all members in all Regions and Countries to invite them to conference. 

Sadly not all members received an invitation, and some received one for a region or country of which they do not belong. Whilst we appreciate that this is partly due to members not voluntarily updating their details, the organisation as a whole should take some responsibility for auditing contact details in order to be compliant with Data Protection Regulations. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to put the appropriate resources into ensuring that the membership database is kept up to date. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION FALLS

 

MOTION 34

Subject: The Relationship between UK Council and Regions and Countries when Responding to Specific Local Issues 

In the developing health landscape, there are emerging disparities in the way that health policy initiatives impact on the regions and countries of the UK. This is a particular issue in the Countries, where health and education are partially or wholly devolved, however it may also occur in the Regions where policy and strategic decisions are increasingly localised. An example of this in Scotland is where both the Scottish Council and the UK organisation submitted a response to the Scottish Cancer plan. Given the basic premise that Regions must or should by default, liaise with their own local health communities, it would be valuable to develop more defined engagement in order to ensure that regional nuances are understood by the UK organisation and prospects for mixed messages or duplication of effort are avoided. 

Conference calls on UK Council to: 

Initiate steps to clarify and define the relationship and lines of communication with the Regions and Countries of the UK in order to ensure appropriate and effective engagement with regionally specific issues. 

SCOTTISH COUNCIL

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

MOTION 35 (Group debate with Motion 36)

Subject: Adoption of Agenda for Change Annex T and Annex U 

For the majority of Society members Agenda for Change has now formed the basis of our employment contract with the NHS for over 10 years and is now in its third incarnation. 

The Society states: ‘A career to be proud of. We believe career progression should be available to all, irrespective of level, modality or field of practice, and we expect it to be supported and encouraged in the workplace.’ 

Sentiments we all concur with, which in the current crisis must secure, realise and maximise all the talents of the Radiography workforce, to achieve a more resilient and sustainable NHS. Efficiency and productivity savings can only be achieved by a motivated and highly trained workforce engaged at all levels of care provision and health protection. 

Radiographers’ talents, knowledge and skills are not always recognised in the wider health world and we must be ready to seize opportunity where it arises. 

In order to promote and support that career development this Conference calls upon UK Council to campaign for employers to adopt Annex T and Annex U in full; to relaunch the guidance provisions and to widely engage with all healthcare protection and provision agencies.

EASTERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 36

Subject: Career Progression 

Annex T of agenda for change terms and conditions is the accelerated career progression for health professionals who enter their profession at band 5 and during the first two years develop their skills and knowledge to operate in roles that require a level of autonomous decision making that exceeds those normally associated with jobs allocated to band 5. 

With the current financial crisis within the NHS, there is increasing concern that Annex T will no longer be implemented or continued in Trusts where local Agreements are in place. However there are advantages for recruitment and retention when local agreements are in place which may not be recognised by managers when initially considering Annex T. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to provide additional advice and guidance to reps on how to implement and protect these agreements and also promote the advantages of having a local agreement for Annex T in place.

MIDLANDS REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 37

Subject: Voluntary Overtime Hours to be Included in Holiday Pay

Radiographers undertaking overtime are not at the moment allowed to take these hours into account when holiday pay is calculated; many workers are working long hours to be able to afford rising rents and the increase In the cost of living. Due to the pay freeze in the NHS this is affecting Radiographers too. Overtime for some is a necessity. With the increase in short hour contracts in other areas of work i.e. shops and the food industry many are losing out on holiday pay. 

The right to paid holiday is a statutory right so that one can have proper rest from working etc. If holiday pay does not reflect the overtime put in then it is difficult to take holiday, indeed some staff work though their holiday to able to maintain their living standards not realising that rest is there for health and safety reasons .There must not be a financial disincentive to taking annual leave. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to support moving this item into discussions with other health unions to put into law the right to have all overtime reflected into holiday pay as a right. 

SOUTH EAST REGION

UK Council will oppose this motion

MOTION FALLS

 

MOTION 38

Subject: Bank Holiday Entitlements for Staff on Long Term Sick Leave 

Agenda for Change currently allows staff on Maternity leave to accrue Bank Holidays as well as Annual Leave, however for staff on long term sick leave this is not the case. 

We welcome the recent change to legislation that allowed individuals on maternity leave to accrue statutory annual leave but Conference calls upon UK Council to work with other Trade Unions to campaign for the same benefits for all staff whether they are on sick leave or maternity leave.

NORTHERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION REMITTED TO UK COUNCIL

 

MOTION 39

Subject: Clarity of AFC for Bank Holidays and TOIL (Annex 3) 

Conference notes that trying to interpret certain elements of AFC terms and conditions can lead to non-standardised working practices across the UK. One of those areas of confusion is on-call working on a Public Bank Holiday (PBH), particularly the aspect of Time Off in Lieu (TOIL): chapter 13, Annex 29 refers. Annex 29 table 22 states, ‘Covering a PBH will attract a day in lieu in accordance with paragraph 13.4’, yet para 13.4 states ‘...are entitled to equivalent time to be taken off in lieu...’. This confusion has resulted in different remuneration agreements within policy documents of our Employers with the potential loss of earnings to our members. 

Conference calls on UK Council to seek an amendment from NHS Staff Council, to the AfC T&C document, to remove the current ambiguity and clearly state the TOIL entitlement when working or on-call on a PBH is remunerated with equivalent time back.

NORTH WEST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 40

Subject: Peripatetic Workers Paid for Travel Time 

The recent rulings in favour of workers who have no base and are paid the minimum wage have sought to ensure that they are paid for their travel time so as not to fall below the minimum wage for their hours worked. However workers paid above the minimum wage and travelling from home to different places have to log their travel time so as not to exceed the working time directive .They are however not being paid for travel but it is considered “work”. by European law, a worker’s time is either working time or a rest period. 

Sometimes the hours of travel are extensive if there is traffic problems etc so workers are out of the home for 16 hours but only paid for 12. 

Some companies already do pay staff for travelling to different sites and some pay after a 2 hour travel, a change or even a campaign to get these hours recognised as warranting payment would help those put forward an argument to their employers for improvements to existing conditions. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to work with other Unions to secure payment for those hours when you are by law, “working.” 

SOUTH EAST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

PAY

EMERGENCY MOTION 1

Subject: Pay review body recommendation

The Independent pay review body (IPRB) has recommended a 1% pay increase for staff working in the NHS. However, there are currently differences between England, Scotland and Wales and so far no response to the recommendation in Northern Ireland. The recommendation has already been criticised by health unions, including the SoR, for failing to match the rising costs in living.

It is known that last year the SoR were one of fifteen trade unions to write to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, urging him to consider the cap of 1% on NHS pay increases. But the Government’s continued insistence on a 1% cap is making the IPRB’s ability to make an independent and impartial recommendation difficult. This is therefore likely to worsen the NHS staffing crisis as staff leave for better rewarded jobs outside the NHS.

In light of this, plus the upcoming general election in June, this Conference calls on the SoR to engage with all members to make representation to oppose the imposition of the 1% pay cap recommended for implementation by the IPRB from April 2017.

EASTERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion.

MOTION FALLS 

 

EMERGENCY MOTION 2

Subject: Ballot on industrial action in response to latest below-inflation pay award

On 28th March, the government announced a 1% pay rise for NHS staff, a pay award which lags far behind inflation which is currently running at 3.2%. This is the 6th consecutive year that the NHS pay award has been lower than the rise in the cost of living, leaving staff with a real-terms pay cut of 14%.

In a climate where many radiology and radiotherapy departments are already struggling with recruitment and retention this derisory pay award can only have a damaging impact on the services we provide, on staff morale and ultimately on the patients in our care.

The continued pay restraint has left many members of the workforce struggling, and will deter new talent from joining the profession.

Conference calls on UK Council to ballot members on industrial action in response to the latest below-inflation pay award.

UK Council will oppose this motion.

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

MOTION FALLS

 

MOTION 41

Subject: Pay Review Body 

In 2014 the Pay Review Body (PRB) recommended a 1% increase for all NHS staff, but government ministers rejected the recommendation claiming that the 1% would be “unaffordable”, estimating the cost to be £500m. The ability of the government to easily reject the recommendation seems to make a mockery of the PRB and the time spent working on the recommendation. In order to make the process more robust, we suggest that any government response to the PRB recommendations should be fully evidenced and debated in parliament before a final decision is made. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to lobby members of parliament, with a view to raise an early day motion, which proposes a mechanism is put in place which ensures that every year parliament must debate the rationale behind governments response to a PRB recommendation for NHS workers and then votes on the final decision, in order to ensure the work of the PRB is fully considered and all MPs are able to vote on behalf of their constituents. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 42

Subject: Apprentice Pay 

The Society of Radiographers represents existing and future members, as well as the wider radiography workforce. As a trades union, we also have a duty to speak up for the interests of all workers. 

The implementation of the Apprenticeship Scheme must be founded upon the trades union principles of strong employment rights and fair pay for all. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to campaign for at least the full living wage for all apprentices within healthcare. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

EMERGENCY MOTION 4

Subject: Snap General Election

Theresa May has called a surprise General Election for June 8. Conference is concerned about the current state of the NHS in some parts of the UK. Private contracting has doubled since 2010. There has been increased rationing of certain services and operations. The BMA stated recently that “the NHS is at breaking point, having been put through one of the worst winters on record”. The Red Cross declared the NHS a humanitarian crisis. The Kings Fund notes that “this month the NHS is to enter the eighth year of unprecedented constraints on funding and the NHS having to plan for infinitesimal growth in 2018/19 and 2019/20..”

Many feel this election will have a strong focus on Brexit. However many members want to see a healthier more sustainable NHS which remains true to its principles of being free at the point of delivery and based on clinical need not ability to pay.

Conference calls on UK Council to work with all parties to commit to a manifesto pledge to protect the NHS and call for sustainable and credible funding across the four countries. Once manifestoes are released there could be a published collation by UK Council of all the parties positions on the NHS to ensure the NHS issues are highlighted and so that members can make an informed decision on 8 June 2017.

UK Council will support this motion.

SCOTTISH COUNCIL

MOTION CARRIED

 

NHS

COMPOSITE MOTION 1 (Group debate with Motion 43)

Subject: Apprenticeships

Conference notes that Government is seeking to increase the use of apprenticeships. These may be more appealing than degree course graduates for various reasons.

Conference is concerned that degree status graduates could be disproportionately disadvantaged with regard to employment opportunities.

Conference believes that any route into the profession should ensure equivalence of educational standards and terms and conditions of employment.

Conference calls upon UK Council to:

1.  Seek to Ensure the SoR is involved in the negotiations for the implementation of apprenticeships.

2.  Challenge any actions taken by employers or other bodies that potentially erode Radiographers professionalism and or undercut members hours, pay and conditions.

3.  Seek to ensure full equality of access to employment opportunities for Radiographers whether by an apprenticeship or undergraduate degree route.

PROPOSED: NORTHERN IRELAND COUNCIL

SECONDED: NORTHERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 43

Subject: Apprenticeships (Group Debate with Composite Motion 1)

Conference notes that apprenticeships are rapidly being introduced into the NHS. Due to the loss of the NHS bursary and the associated high debt of the conventional university degree, individuals may opt for the new apprenticeship route into radiography.  

We call upon council to engage with employers and appropriate stakeholders to ensure that any radiography apprenticeships are dealt with in the same way as the Nursing Associate Program. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION FALLS

 

MOTION 44

Subject: Mammography Moving Forward 

Conference notes that The Breast Screening service has recently been the subject of concern regarding Mammographer shortages, perhaps most notably covered by the Public Health England blog of 18th July 2016. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to open a dialogue with the NHS Breast Screening Programme with the aim of revoking the current stipulation that screening is only performed by female Radiographers.

EQUALISE

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 45

Subject: NE NW England/SW Scotland Cross Border Emergency Heart Attack Protocol

A member of the public may suffer a heart attack in Gretna, SW Scotland, where they will be taken by ambulance to Golden Jubilee Hospital (GJHG) in Glasgow, without thrombolysis: a distance of nearly 90 miles. Just 6 miles south of Gretna, over the English border is Carlisle who have had for 3 1/2 years a highly effective 24/7 emergency heart attack service.

Conference calls upon UK Council to investigate the NW England/SW Scotland cross border heart attack protocol and report back findings and suggested actions on this issue.

NORTH WEST REGION

Replace ‘NE’ in subject line with ‘NW’

Amendment submitted by YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 46

Subject: Chaperones 

There are many existing documents on the use of chaperones within the NHS setting including NHS trust local policies. 

The NHS Clinical Governance support team, published the “Guidance on the Role and Effective Use of Chaperones in Primary and Community Care settings” in 2015. It states that “The most commonly identified issues that restrict the offer and use of chaperones were availability of chaperones and time constraints when one is required.” Unfortunately these are the same words as in a previous version dated 2005. 

There has been an increase in claims against health professionals for inappropriate behaviour and the use of chaperones now has a second rationale in assuring professional integrity particularly when undertaking intimate examinations. 

The employment of support workers varies nationally but for practicing professionals striving to achieve ‘Best Practice’, reinforcement from a high level will strengthen the argument of their requirement and provide a chaperone at all times. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to work in collaboration with the Regions and Countries Public Health department to lobby NHS / publish guidelines to support the organisation’s existing policy on chaperones for the safety and protection of both patients and staff. 

MIDLANDS REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 47

Subject: Medical Equipment Shortages 

The Kings Fund has stated that the NHS is experiencing its largest ever sustained reduction in spending as a proportion of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Simon Stevens appeared before a parliamentary committee and complained that the NHS trails the rest of the EU for medics, beds and scanners. 

This Conference calls on UK Council to campaign for the government to address the shortages of medical equipment (particularly CT, MRI and Linacs) available in radiology (particularly CT, MR and Linear Accelerators) available in Radiology and Radiotherapy departments across the UK. 

WELSH COUNCIL

Replace ‘(particularly CT, MRI and Linacs) available in radiology’ with ‘(particularly CT, MR and Linear Accelerators) available in Radiology and Radiotherapy’ 

Amendment submitted by NORTHERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 48

Subject: Standardised Uniforms for NHS Staff 

With the variety of uniforms nationwide, different colours, tunics, trousers, dresses, scrubs, polo shirts it is unsurprising that patients and other NHS staff find it difficult to identify health professionals and to which specialty they belong. 

The SoR should be proactive in moving toward a standardised uniform colours for radiographers allowing patients to associate with the profession and which in turn would promote the profession. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to lobby NHSE to standardise uniforms amongst radiographers. 

MIDLANDS REGION

UK Council will oppose this motion

MOTION FALLS

 

MOTION 49

Subject: “Fat Cats” and Unequal Wage Distribution in the NHS 

It took Britain’s highest paid chief executive, Martin Sorrell, less than 3 waking minutes to earn what a newly qualified radiographer earns over an entire year. In 2010, the average FTSE 100 boss earned 89 times the average full-time salary. By 2015, this had risen to 123 times. These outrageous statistics are from the private sector, but the NHS is following the trend... 

Almost 8,000 NHS hospital managers and consultants were paid six-figure salaries last year, that’s increased three years running. Their total pay also rose, amounting to almost a billion last year. And just like their private sector counterparts, there are differences between Trusts remuneration of their chief executives. 

In light of these statistics, we call upon UK Council to advocate for mandatory reporting of top-to-bottom (as well as top-to-median) pay ratios in Trusts to the Trust boards and publication in the Trust annual reports. 

NORTHERN REGION

UK Council will listen to the debate

MOTION FALLS

 

MOTION 50

Subject: Continue Campaigns Against the STPs and to Defend the NHS 

The Government’s latest plans for Sustainability and Transformation Plans risk being used as a smokescreen for further cuts and privatisation. 

The NHS is the single greatest achievement of the trade union and labour movement. We cannot allow it to be undermined and ultimately destroyed. “The NHS will last as long as there are folk with the faith to fight for it.” 

44 footprint leaders will be appointed by the CEO of NHS who will have powers over local people and health organisations wishes. We already know there are plans to close or downsize many hospitals and A&E departments, cut in hospital beds, restricting the rights of access to healthcare services, cuts in staffing and an extension of privatisation. 

There is a mood to fight back against the attacks on the NHS. We have seen some mass local community campaigns develop in Huddersfield, Leicester and Grantham. Already two Labour councils have refused to sign up to their STP plan due to the proposed cuts. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to:

•   Be part of discussions with other unions in the area, to ask that Labour council’s in particular refuse to sign up to STP plans that involve cuts, closures and privatisation

•   Work with other unions and community campaigns to fight the STPs 

•   Call on the SOR to draw up an immediate campaign to fight the STP and support this with action where necessary

SOUTH EAST REGION

UK Council will oppose this motion

MOTION FALLS

 

MOTION 51

Subject: NHS Privatisation

The current government is unwilling to rule out the increased involvement of Private Healthcare Providers within the NHS. We must make the NHS fit for the future and ensure that its underpinning principles are maintained. It is vital that all services keep patient care at its core and outsourced contracts are not solely motivated by profit.

We call upon UK Council to work alongside NHS England to explore the possibility of prioritising the commissioning of services that reinvest a certain percentage of profits back into the NHS.

LONDON REGION

UK Council will oppose this motion

MOTION FALLS

 

EDUCATION

MOTION 52

Subject: Accreditation Education 

This conference supports and endorses the joint SCoR and RCR accreditation scheme for diagnostic imaging services, ISAS.

Accreditation of imaging services gives the people using them, the patients and their relatives, confidence in their diagnosis; in addition, accreditation helps to improve clinical governance standards as well as enhancing the credibility and reputation of the service amongst key stakeholders as it reassures patients, their family and friends, funders and policy makers of the competency of the delivered service.

The ISAS standard is clearly laid out and easy to understand. It covers key aspects of an imaging service’s performance across five quality domains: Leadership and Management, Clinical, Patient Experience, Safety and Facilities, Resources and Workforce.

Good preparation of the service and its staff to develop its systems prior to applying for accreditation is key to the success of gaining the accreditation.

UK Council call upon Conference to support this process by developing a range of learning materials including an online education package such as an ELearning for health module for all radiographic staff, including sonographers, covering for example, development and use of a quality management system, document control, policy and procedure writing, service audits and quality assurance, risk assessments, project management, business planning and objective setting. 

Conference please support this motion.

UK COUNCIL

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 53

Subject: Maintaining Radiography Expertise within Further and Higher Education 

This conference recognises the acute and continuing shortfall of diagnostic radiographers. The change from health education commissioned places, to payment of tuition fees by individual students has meant a funding gap for radiography courses at English Universities. 

Whilst the generic delivery of some of the academic component has potential to save money, the applied expertise of radiographers in higher education will always be essential to produce fit for purpose radiographers. A generic nursing Allied health social care degree cannot deliver the necessary proficiency for professional registration in any of those disciplines. Such a degree will serve neither individual career prospects nor the wider health and social care needs of the UK. 

This conference resolves that underpinning radiographic theory delivered by suitably skilled radiographers must be protected in the study components of any new apprenticeship degree programs. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to

•   disseminate this policy to the heads of radiographic education and any other relevant AHP forms for further discussion 

•   Ensure the work of our approval and accreditation board is informed by these considerations

•   Continue to keep members informed of emerging developments and radiography education 

SOUTH EAST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 54

Subject: Cuts to CPD Funding 

The NHS is facing untold financial pressures every year and departments are looking for areas in which money can be saved. More and more departments are now reducing the amount of financial help available for staff to attend external training courses. This has created a two-tier learning system where attendance is based on a member’s ability to pay. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to enter into discussions with the relevant health authorities in each of the 4 countries to set up ways the financial shortfall can be met, for example making bursaries available or via interest free loans. This will mean that access to the right training is no longer based on a member’s ability to afford it.

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 55

Subject: Flexible Training Hours 

Radiography within the NHS has always been available over extended hours or on a 24 hour 7 day week basis, however student clinical placement hours do not formally cover this, or suitable agreements appear to exist to enable students to carry out placements (where appropriate) out of normal 9-5 days.

Conference calls upon UK Council to investigate the practicalities of student placement agreements reflecting this, or to give clear guidance on how this could be implemented.

NORTHERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION FALLS

 

MOTION 56

Subject: Future Workforce Management

Conference notes with dismay the reduction in applications for allied health professional and nursing university courses.

In light of the recent statistics on allied health professional recruitment, Conference asks UK Council to work with the Royal College of Nursing and the Allied Health Professions Federation to address the marked reduction in applications to their respective courses. With only vague information on the availability and number of apprenticeships, it appears that there will be an unknown shortfall of qualified radiographers in the interim.

Conference also requests that council seeks to ensure that training numbers for university qualified radiographers, alongside prospective apprenticeships, maintains a safe and efficient level of radiography workforce for the future. Further to this, conference asks council to lobby the government to reverse its decision on removal of bursaries.

NORTH WEST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 57

Subject: Clinical-Academic Roles 

Joint appointments between university and NHS trusts are relatively rare in radiography despite the growth in other non-medical professions, perhaps a symptom of the low research productivity in the profession.  

Conference calls upon UK Council to promote both greater awareness and guidance on implementing the roles in radiography, including more information on funding such initiatives to support their growth and build greater research and educational opportunities. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 58

Subject: Number of Students on Clinical Placement 

Since the demise of commissioning, there is pressure on Higher Education Institutions in the UK to increase student numbers. It is reported several have plans to increase numbers by up to 50%. While increasing recruitment is important in the current climate, there is concern that larger cohorts may not receive the same quality of training in under pressure departments.

It is UK councils’ stance that Radiography pre-registration training should maintain the high standards as validated by the college. Increasing student numbers on programs potentially overloads clinical placements. 

UK Council call upon conference to support the publication of currently validated maximum student numbers for placements. HEIs may then issue plans for managing higher maximum student numbers on placement if they expect to recruit more, and submit these to the SCoR in the normal way thus ensure standards are maintained.

UK COUNCIL

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 59

Subject: Loss of University Admissions

Initial figures from UCAS state that applications to undergraduate healthcare degrees are down by 15.4% across the UK and 23% in England this year alone. It is acknowledged that the loss of the NHS Bursary has had an impact on university applications, especially amongst mature students.

Conference is concerned that this significant drop in applications, especially amongst mature students may lead to potential students with dependents, or those from financially poorer backgrounds no longer applying for the traditional degree course in Radiography/ Radiotherapy.

Conference calls upon UK Council to work with other healthcare unions to renew the call for the NHS Bursary to be reinstated; and to engage with education providers to produce a fact sheet that will monitor and enable better understanding of how the loss of the bursary is affecting student admission numbers.

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 60

Subject: Integrated Cross Sectional Imaging Course 

Radiographers currently study Diagnostic Radiography and then can specialise upon qualification either after a few years of working in General Radiography or immediately as part of a 3+1 course. 

There is a recognised growth in patient referral to CT/MR which will only continue to grow. 

Conference calls upon UK council to investigate the possibility of integrating cross sectional imaging with conventional plain-film radiography in a course which would allow student to graduate with a qualification allowing them to work in any of these areas. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION FALLS

 

MOTION 61

Subject: Requesting of Radiology Imaging 

Role extension of AHPs and nurses is a well established and recognised practice within many NHS Trusts, which benefits patients and referrers in providing timely and high quality patient care. There have been significant improvements to service delivery and this work is ongoing. 

The first step in delivering a good imaging examination is a good request but how often do we see poor clinical history, incorrect details or inappropriate referrals. As Digital systems and integrated software evolve, the flow of any imaging request relies on the accuracy of the referrer. It is documented in IRMER reports that the root cause of a percentage of radiation identification incidents is incorrect referral details for example, incorrect patient details. RCR ‘standards for learning from discrepancy meetings’ cites inadequate, misleading and incorrect information as a contributory factor leading to image discrepancies. 

As with any task, good training is fundamental to success but there appears to be a distinct lack of standard training in respect of imaging referrals. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to produce Guidelines for the training of nonmedical referrers and lobby Universities / other relevant training bodies to ensure that as well as the IRMER sessions on radiation there is a standardised level of training on the importance of correct and full information when referring patients for imaging. 

MIDLANDS REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 62

Subject: Sonography Career Progression 

Traditionally sonography has been a postgraduate entry profession with advanced practitioner status and most employers adopting AfC band 7 pay on qualification. 2016 saw the first BSc in medical ultrasound and standards for a degree apprenticeship in ultrasound are also being developed through Trailblazer groups.

Conference calls upon UK Council to seek to ensure that there is an appropriate career progression route in ultrasound from first post through to advanced and consultant practice which allows the appropriate remuneration for the relevant responsibility without reducing the quality of service, job satisfaction or dumbing down of the role.

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 63

Subject: Preceptorship 

Conference applauds the fact that recognition of preceptorship is growing, yet there are many different methods of applying it. This conference notes that there is little information on the SoR’s website relating to Preceptorship. 

Conference calls upon UK council to develop a special interest group for Preceptorship within the SoR. This will enable various departments to share their knowledge and ideas with one another, in order that Preceptorship can be fully embraced and well utilised amongst the profession. 

MIDLANDS REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 64

Subject: DCR vs BSc 

In light of the work done recently to develop the Apprentice route to Radiography which Yorkshire & North Trent watches with interest, it has become apparent that there is a source of friction within the workforce. Radiographers are often found to be disagreeing with their colleagues as to which route to Radiography is the best, with DCR colleagues claiming that their qualification gave them better skills than their BSc route colleagues, and vice versa. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to issue a statement to members in order to reassure them that neither qualification is superior, and that the aptitude and attitude of the holder is the key to future successes. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

EQUALITIES

MOTION 65

Subject: Discrimination in the workplace

This conference notes that there are numerous legal frameworks set into UK law and local policies employed by UK Hospital Trusts to protect Health Care Professionals encountering discrimination within the workplace from other health care professionals – however, there is little advice or guidance on discrimination brought by service users and patients towards Radiographers and Health Care Professionals.

Examples of this include :

• Patients stating that they would not want treatment from a black member of staff.

• Derogatory comments made about a professional’s culture and background.

It is recognised that staff encountering or witnessing these situations are not always clear on how they should deal with the discrimination that they encounter particularly when faced with discrimination from a patient.

Conference calls upon UK Council to work with the NHS employers through the SOR Equality and Diversity group to provide guidance on the actions that can be taken when a Health care professional encounters discrimination from a service user and to campaign for this type of discrimination within the workplace to be eradicated.

SOUTH WEST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 66

Subject: Radiology Departments and the ‘Gender Revolution’

In light of the increasing numbers of people seeking gender reassignment, and a recent special issue of the National Geographic magazine entitled ‘Gender Revolution’, Conference calls on UK Council to issue guidelines on how radiology departments can be made more intersex and transgender-friendly.

This is in terms of both the physical environment and training for staff such that they show respect for individuals gender and are aware of the potential issues relating to LMP and how to deal with them.

EQUALISE

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 67

Subject: Addressing Non-Binary People 

It is common practice for people to be addressed by their title, eg Mr, Mrs. Ms, Miss etc. Other forward thinking organisations allow alternate titles to be used for those who do not wish to identify with a gender eg Mx or to use no title.

Conference calls upon UK Council to actively encourage the use of Mx and “no title” as title options for all who wish to use it, both within the Society and in the wider UK community. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 68

Subject: Gender Discrimination in the workplace

It is recognised by the Society of Radiographers and its members that all patients have the right to be treated with equality, dignity and respect regardless of whether they hold any of the nine protected characteristics contained within the Equality Act 2010.

Conference notes that although protections are in place for patients and service users, these characteristics are not always held in the same regard by the Government and Health bodies and the public towards its health care professional staff.

Increasingly, patients are being offered the choice of professional according to gender.

Conference calls upon the SCoR to lobby the Government, Public Health Bodies and NHS Employers to promote Health Care Professions and Radiographers as “professionals” first and “a gender” second.

SOUTH WEST REGION

UK Council will oppose this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 69

Subject: Uniforms for Non-Binary Staff Members 

NHS uniforms are more often than not provided in male and female versions. A growing proportion of health care workers are gaining the support and confidence with the aid of valuable work from committees such as Equalise to be able to be true to the gender they identify with or non. 

Conference calls upon UK council to provide guidance to employers to enable them to allow staff who identify as non-binary to be able to work comfortably in their environment and wear unisex uniforms. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will listen to the debate

MOTION CARRIED

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

COMPOSITE MOTION 2

Subject: Dying to Work Campaign 

The diagnosis of a terminal illness is not something we like to think about. It happens to people in work, and is likely to become more common with retirement ages increasing. There have been cases where employees with terminal diagnosis have wanted to stay in work but have faced capability assessments and ultimately dismissal.

Conference notes the Equality Act provides protections against discriminatory treatment based on the concept of ‘ Protected Characteristics’. Currently terminally ill workers are not classified as having a protected characteristic and therefore have little legal protection against dismissal due to their illness.

Conference agrees that the last thing a terminally ill worker needs is the distress, when facing up to a terminal illness, of having to fight to continue working and not to face the indignity of being sacked.

Conference also notes that the loss of death in service benefits to terminally ill workers sacked before death is a further distress at a time when security for family in the future should be protected.

The TUC Dying to Work campaign is about giving workers with a terminal condition the choice to do what is right for them by calling for a change in the law to make terminal illness a protected characteristic.

Conference calls upon UK Council to support and publicise the campaign, sign up to the charter as an organisation and support and encourage union representatives to take the campaign details to the workplace and get their employers to sign up to the campaign.

PROPOSED: WELSH COUNCIL

SECONDED: UK COUNCIL

SUPPORTED BY: LONDON REGION

MOTION CARRIED

 

COMPOSITE MOTION 3

Subject: Mental Health and Wellbeing 

Staff absences for mental health problems have doubled at hospital trusts in the last four years. NHS staff surveys show that staff feel stressed and under pressure with increasing workloads, and cuts to funding being major causes of stress.

Organisations need to send a clear signal to staff that their mental health matters and being open about it will lead to support, not discrimination. The support people receive from employers is key in determining how well and how quickly they are able to get back to peak performance.

Conference recognises the work already commenced by SoR to try and guide workplace reps to help signpost members in areas of mental health. The Royal College of Midwives have released their “Care for “You” campaign to improve their members’ health, safety and wellbeing at work.

Conference also recognises hundreds of organisations, including some NHS Trusts and commissioning groups have already got involved in “Time to Change” which is a campaign to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems.

With increasing pressure in the workplace, conference calls upon UK Council to:

1.  Support the “Time to Change” campaign by encouraging all organisations which employ SoR members to sign the Time for Change employer pledge.

2.  Provide similar guidance to SoR members to that provided in the “Care for You” campaign. 

PROPOSED: NORTH WEST REGION

SECONDED: NORTHERN IRELAND COUNCIL

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

COMPOSITE MOTION 4 

Subject: Safe Manual Handling of Patients

25% of adults in the U.K. are obese and estimated to increase to 50% by 2050. The population is also aging, therefore becoming more frail and immobile. This creates additional pressures and challenges for Radiographers in the safe manual handling of patients.

Staff are often left vulnerable and not forewarned of patient habitus. The issue is exacerbated by patients who may not appreciate the repetitive physical strain that incorrect manual handling can place on staff.

Staff need to think about safe staffing levels before patient manual handling is performed. They should not feel pressurised into just “getting on with it” purely because a will cause a delay.

Many staff experiencing back issues do not always appreciate that a problem with your back is a problem for life.

Conference calls upon UK Council to:

Formulate and support a campaign to raise staff awareness of the need to action plan for patients with extra requirements so that a robust framework can be utilised for their management.

This campaign should include.

1.  Visual aids including posters to raise patient awareness of the issues. For use in waiting and treatment areas.

2.  A simple slogan “such as we have your back so please have ours”

3.  Information for staff and patients setting out basic steps that can be taken to ensure safe manual handling for both patients and staff

PROPOSED: SCOTTISH COUNCIL

SECONDED: SOUTH EAST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 70

Subject: Effectiveness of Occupational Health in Supporting Members (Group Debate with Motion 71)

Workplace occupational health organisations should improve employee wellbeing, prevent workplace ill health and detect workplace disease early through health surveillance. However, it does not always work as well as it could.

Concerns surround whether the member is listened to at their Occupational Health appointment; if the advice occupational health gives is adhered to and whether there is protected time given for attending appointments recommended by them e.g. Physiotherapy.

Conference calls upon UK Council to investigate, by surveying members, the effectiveness of local occupational health departments in ensuring the health and wellbeing of our members; thereby helping maintain staff within the place of work.

NORTH WEST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 71

Subject: NHS Trust Health and Sickness Policy 

Throughout the NHS sickness policy varies, with some trusts enforcing draconian blanket policies such as “x sickness absence episodes are followed by sanctions” approach. This leaves staff feeling pressured to either attend work whilst unwell or to return to work earlier than they should.

Conference calls upon UK Council to raise the issue with the Social Partnership Forum with the aim of implementing a policy where the wellbeing of the individual is at the centre of any policy and is consistent across the NHS.

NORTHERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 72

Subject: Health of Radiography Staff  

We are acutely aware of the constant reminders from government initiatives and various media sources to ‘eat better and be more active’; however, we also know putting this good advice into practice isn’t that simple.

Our world of 24/7 working, 12 hr shifts, reduced staff, tighter budgets and rising sickness levels, makes this ‘ideal’, extremely challenging. Within our workplaces, SoR reps do their utmost to maintain working conditions; similarly, we know employers try to make a difference, introducing various policies and/or implement ‘good-idea’ initiatives, but they do not really transfer into making a significant difference to our health and well-being.

As ambassadors of a National Health service, there should be a conscious effort to engage and promote healthier lifestyles to staff groups. The Royal College of Physicians estimate, 700,000 NHS employees are obese and the head of NHS England has been quoted asking for employees to ‘do their bit to reduce waistlines of the workforce’ and later quoting a £2.4 billion cost for staff sickness. This leads to the question ‘what are Radiographers doing to highlight staff wellbeing for both physical and mental conditions which will directly influence the productivity and efficiency of staff?’

Conference calls upon UK Council to launch and promote a campaign of healthier living, underpinning the need for healthier wellbeing among radiographers. This could be done in a multi-faceted approach using resources in social media, publications and research but also a more hands on approach through seminar sessions, incentives and group support.

NORTH WEST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 73

Subject: Caring for You Campaign 

The Royal College of Midwives’ Caring for You Campaign aims to improve RCM members’ health, safety and wellbeing at work so they are able to provide high quality maternity care for women and their families. 

They are asking all NHS organisations to support Heads of Midwifery in the UK to sign up to the RCM’s Caring for You Charter to show their commitment to improve midwives’; student midwives’; and maternity support workers’ health safety and wellbeing at work so they are able to give even better care for women and their families. 

UK Council call upon Conference to support this campaign and where required ask SoR union reps to support their RCM colleagues to achieve this. 

UK COUNCIL

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 74

Subject: Advice on Lone Working 

Yorkshire & North Trent notes and appreciates the effort that the Society of Radiographers has begun in addressing this issue with its survey late in 2016. Members continue to report ongoing issues related to their personal safety. 

A lack of security staff, ongoing feeling of vulnerability, challenges with manual handling and the potential compromise of patient safety are concern often reported to SoR reps within departments. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to provide guidance to members and employers on how to practically manage these issues to protect all parties concerned. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 75

Subject: Violence and Aggression at Work 

The number of incidents of violence and aggression at work has increased dramatically over the past few years. The current violence at work posters have been around for a number of years. As the same posters are seen over a period of time they begin to lose their impact and people may even begin not to notice them or consider it an old campaign. The NHS posters available for download show a number of professionals but radiographers seem to be missing. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to update its survey results from 2008 to show the current issue of violence and aggression experienced by radiographers, to work with the appropriate bodies to produce new posters featuring a wider range of health care professionals who are at increased risk due to working out of hours, lone working and people under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs to provide guidance to trusts and departments to promote best practice. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 76

WITHDRAWN

 

MOTION 77

Subject: Incident Reporting 

The standardisation of incident reporting will create data nationally that could be translated into learning outcomes directing investment on service to improve patient and staff safety and experience. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to engage with NHS England to standardise incident reporting nationally, making reporting and learning with outcomes an effective system, where feedback can be shared amongst the wider hospitals network.

LONDON REGION

UK Council will listen to the debate

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 78

Subject: Mobile Phone Use in Clinical Departments 

Mobile phones use by healthcare professionals is wide spread and studies have shown that mobile phones can harbour pathogens associated with nosocomial infections. Therefore, they can pose a threat to infection control which needs to be addressed through awareness and policy. 

UK Council call upon Conference to undertake a study of these risks and provide guidance to Health and Safety reps that can be used to update hand hygiene practices and policies. And 

To provide a poster that can be put in all staff rooms to raise awareness of this important risk.

UK COUNCIL

WITHDRAWN

 

HCPC

MOTION 79

WITHDRAWN

 

MOTION 80

Subject: HCPC Registration for Non-UK Nationals 

Due to the shortfall in qualified radiographers within the UK, many departments are recruiting from abroad. Whilst this can be a very successful exercise, on occasion, departments can find that they are left in a situation whereby they come to question the competence of the radiographer they have employed . This can lead to an extremely distressing time for the radiographer and for the rest of the staff in the department. 

Therefore, conference calls upon UK council to consult with/raise concerns with the HCPC to develop a formal method of assessment of competence prior to gaining registration with the HCPC. 

MIDLANDS REGION

UK Council will oppose this motion

WITHDRAWN

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

MOTION 81

Subject: Global Warming 

200 nations attended the Marrakech Proclamation for Our Climate and Sustainable Development, all member nations collectively reaffirmed their commitment to climate action under Paris Agreement 2015. 

The emission reduction commitments are not legally binding. Major powers, will say, they wanted to cut emissions themselves, but they want the USA to be part of it too and this is now uncertain .The situation is worsening- real danger that a tipping point will be reached and uncontrollable global warming will set in. Climate change affects social and environmental determinants of health – Extreme high air temperatures contribute directly to deaths from cardiovascular and respiratory disease. 

High temperatures also raise the levels of Ozone and other pollutants in the air that exacerbate cardiovascular and respiratory disease. These can also trigger asthma. The UN-sponsored talks, for decades, have failed because none of the big powers are willing to risk the profits of their own multinational corporations. Removing the profit-driven economic system is one way to stop an environmental disaster. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to campaign for

•   Rapid conversion to renewables 

•   Extend public transport 

•   Convert the car industry to renewables 

•   Nationalise the energy generating and transport systems 

•   Integrated environmental plans of production based on democratic public ownership of the economy 

SOUTH EAST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

MOTION CARRIED

 

MOTION 82

Subject: To Defend the Right to Protest 

On 21 October 2016, a 17 year old (15 at the time) was found guilty of false imprisonment in the Children’s Court in Ireland. He participated in a protest against water charges and austerity on 15 November 2014, which resulted in (the then Deputy Prime Minister’s car being delayed for 2.5 hours in Jobstown in Tallaght Ireland). There was no allegation of any violence and recognised by the judge as having led a “blameless life”. 

The verdict prepares the way for convictions and imprisonment of 18 adult defendants next year, and a dramatic broadening of the definition of false imprisonment to include protest. Striking workers could find their picket lines classed as ‘false imprisonment’, as could any protesters who engage in a slow march or sitdown protest. 

Conference calls upon UK council to:

•   Defend the right to protest 

•   Condemns the conviction of the 17 year old protester of ‘false imprisonment’ 

•   Recognises that this conviction is a threat to everybody’s democratic right to protest 

•   To send a message of solidarity to #JobstownNotGuilty campaign  

SOUTH EAST REGION

UK Council will oppose this motion

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