ADC 2013 Motions

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Subject: Conflict of interests on GP Commissioning Boards
The British Medical Journal recently published its investigation of 176 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). The findings revealed that more than a third of general practitioners had a financial interest in private providers. It found 426 (36%) of the 1179 GPs in executive positions had a financial interest in a for-profit private provider beyond their own GP practice - a provider from which their CCG could potentially commission services.
The NHS Commissioning Board is reviewing its existing guidance and means to publish a "final, comprehensive guidance on managing conflict of interest."
Conference calls upon UK Council to seek support from other Allied Health Professionals and lobby Government to ensure that this conflict of interests does not compromise patient care by putting profit first.



Subject: Action Following Balloting
In November 2012, Prime Minister David Cameron insisted that the first police and crime commissioners had a mandate to oversee the delivery of law and order despite being elected on an average valid vote turnout of 14.7%.
The Coalition Government and their supporters have a completely different opinion when it comes to ballots for industrial action:

  • Boris Johnson has proposed that any ballot in which fewer than half of those eligible to vote bother to do so should be ruled invalid

  • The Confederation of British Industry has proposed a threshold for triggering a strike set at 40% of the unionised workforce voting in favour.

Conference calls on UK Council to lead a campaign to highlight political hypocrisy regarding the validity of union ballots for industrial action.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Prostate Cancer
The latest figures from Cancer Research UK show that boys born in 2015 will have almost three times the risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point in their lives than those born in 1990, a rise from 5% of boys born in 1990 to just over 14% for boys born in 2015.
With a significant history of underinvestment, men with prostate cancer are still faced with diagnostic tests and treatments which are way behind where they need to be compared to tests and treatments for other life-threatening illnesses and diseases.
Conference therefore calls upon UK Council to lobby the Government for more investment and research for better diagnostic tests and treatment for prostate cancer to ensure more males are diagnosed and treated swiftly so we can reduce such alarming rates of increase in the prevalence of this debilitating and life-threatening disease.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Responding to Obesity and Type II Diabetes
As a professional body we cannot ignore the ever increasing number of individuals who attend our respective departments suffering from serious health problems associated with lifestyle induced obesity and Type II Diabetes. There are huge costs associated with providing both appropriate, safe care and the ever-widening range of specialist examinations required to treat these patients. This is experienced throughout all sectors of acute and primary care.
Conference calls on UK Council to work with the councils of other healthcare unions such as the British Dietetic Association to call upon and support Government to identify and eliminate from everyday food stuffs and drinks hidden additives and cheap sweeteners, such as fructose-glucose, which because of their addictive nature contribute to the growing problem of lifestyle induced population obesity and Type II Diabetes.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Social Awareness and Support of the Living Wage
The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually and calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK.
Currently employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis. The Living Wage has cross party support, with public backing from the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition.
Paying the Living Wage has been found to be good for business, good for the individual and good for society.
This Conference supports the principles that underpin the Living Wage and the work that the Living Wage Foundation does and believes that UK Council should add its name as a supporter of this work and seek accreditation as a Living Wage employer, which will help publicise the good work that the Foundation undertakes.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Increased Accessibility to Resources/ Information on Mental Health Issues 
One in six people in the workplace are experiencing depression, stress or anxiety right now, with up to 80% citing factors at work as contributing to their mental health problems. With increasing uncertainty over reforms to the NHS and public sector pensions, and challenges to our Agenda for Change terms and conditions, the number of people experiencing mental health issues with the health care sector will only increase. A proportion of these will go on to experience recurrent and long term mental health problems.
This Conference calls upon UK Council to:

  • make available highly visible and easily accessible resources to members surrounding both short- and long-term mental health issues in the workplace with details of where to access further help

  • work with other health unions and mental health organisations and charities to make resources available that can be used by SoR representatives to help them:

  1. better represent members requiring services for local issues (e.g. disciplinary procedures) which have the potential to contribute to mental ill-health

  2. provide support for members who have longer term mental health needs.

UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Supporting the Francis Report
The Final Report of The Independent Inquiry Into Care Provided By Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, by Robert Francis QC, was published in February.
To quote from the report; ‘It is now clear that some staff did express concern about the standard of care being provided to patients. The tragedy was that they were ignored and worse still others were discouraged from speaking out.’
The report mentions bullying, complaints not being taken seriously and standards of care.  These are just the headlines with which there can be empathy. There may even be areas of practice in our own workplaces which identify with the report.
We contend that where cost savings are being achieved through cutting staffing levels this will impact on the quality of service that professional staff are able to provide. We say enough is enough. Let the staff have a voice.
Conference calls upon UK Council to fully support the Francis Report and its recommendations by developing improved guidance and support to members and representatives who want to raise concerns.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: End Violence Against Women
Every member of the radiography profession will be appalled at the attitude of some men towards women as demonstrated in the recent, much publicised Delhi sexual assault case.
Violence against women has been defined as:
‘Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.’
(The UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women)
‘Violence against women is always a violation of human rights; it is a crime; and it is always unacceptable. Let us take this issue with the deadly seriousness that it deserves.’
(Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General)
Conference calls on UK Council to voice its condemnation of violence against women and to demonstrate its support for the female victims of violence by supporting the End Violence Against Women Coalition in any way it can, be that by donation or by actively taking part in campaigns.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Private Health Screening
The last ten years has seen a rise in the number of companies in the UK offering private health screening. These companies use aggressive marketing techniques to target the asymptomatic “worried well” and fail to provide clear information regarding dose and the risks relating to false positives and negatives. Patients may be given a diagnosis, followed by treatment (on the NHS) which could be unnecessary and even harmful.
These private screening programmes are legal and regulated by the Care Quality Commission, but are not subject to the rigorous control of the UK National Screening Committee, as are NHS programmes.
This Conference calls on UK Council to work in partnership with the Royal College of Radiologists to lobby the Department of Health to review existing radiation protection legislation to include exposure to an asymptomatic individual, and ask the Government to appropriately regulate the advertising of these companies.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on 8th March.  On this day, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements.  The last 120 years have seen women’s emancipation and equality but the battle must continue.  Women are still not paid equally to their male counterparts. Women are still not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women’s education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.
This Conference urges UK Council to consider ways that International Women’s Day can be given more prominence in the Society’s annual calendar of events.  As a predominantly female profession, Society members should be encouraged to celebrate their achievements as women in the workplace.  As a trade union, the Society should utilize this day to promote both the global struggles and successes of women worldwide.
Replace ‘As a female dominated profession’ with ‘As a predominantly female profession’
Amendment submitted by WELSH COUNCIL
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Embracing Quality Care for People with Dementia
The population is living longer; this will bring more elderly patients suffering from memory loss, delirium or simply a little confusion. The Butterfly scheme was set up to improve the way the NHS approached the care of people with memory impairment in our care establishments.
This Conference calls upon UK Council to support this scheme and to promote awareness of dementia to members at regional and national events.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Non-UK Nationals’ Healthcare
This Conference calls upon UK Council, in collaboration with other unions, to both assess the level and increase the use of the scheme, under which first presentation patients of non-UK nationals are required to demonstrate their individual documentation to ensure their entitlement to free provision of health care for the duration. Also, that the scheme ensures that financial remuneration is sought from any patients not entitled to prolonged free health care. Emergency and life saving health care will not be withheld in either context; however, prolonged care will incur payment of costs.
UK Council will oppose this Motion


Subject: Child Benefit Changes
Austerity measures introduced by the Coalition Government include the removal of child care allowance for some families. This has resulted in high earning single income families being disadvantaged when compared to high joint income families.
Conference calls on UK Council to lobby governments to reconsider the mechanism for calculating the cap, so that it is based on joint household income and not a single income.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Retirement Age
Conference is aware that the Government is raising the Pension age to 68 in England and this has lead to widespread disapproval across the nation with a massive demonstration in 2010.  Despite this the changes were introduced.  However we fear that this will lead to massive increases in unemployment and a negative effect upon the future economy.
We therefore ask UK Council to consider a renewed campaign to urge the UK Government to review their policy on retirement age.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Organ Donation
According to NHS Blood and Transplant more than 10,000 people are waiting for a transplant, and whilst 90% of people in the UK support organ donation only 30% have registered on the organ donor register.
This Conference calls upon UK Council to lobby Government to change the legislation governing organ donation to an opt out system following the example set by the Welsh Assembly.
UK Council will listen to the debate


Subject: Women’s Voice in the Media
In October 2012, the BBC’s One Show ran segments across two days on women’s issues; teenage contraception and breast cancer. These issues were discussed solely by men. The BBC, when questioned, claimed to have been unable to find a female expert to give an opinion.
From this, a website was established, Using a popular social media website, women were asked to volunteer themselves as experts in their field. A database is being collated which will hopefully represent each region, expertise and experience including radiology. This will provide a source for local and national media.
Conference calls on UK Council to highlight and support the work done by across the UK.
UK Council will listen to the debate


Subject: Healthcare
In this age of austerity Staff are suffering financial cuts with a resulting impact on patients.  However hospitals and Trusts appear to be increasing their spending on outside management and accountancy services.  Members have raised that not all of these firms have good records on paying their taxes and have concerns over the ethical values of such companies.
Conference calls upon UK Council to lobby Government to review and revise policies on using external agencies/management consultants and especially to employ only ethical companies.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Alzheimer’s and Dementia
With an increasing number of Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients coming through radiology departments for imaging, Conference calls on UK Council to raise awareness amongst the membership of the consequences of these debilitating conditions, so that radiographers can improve their clinical and professional practice.
We believe the membership could become better educated on how to deal with patients compromised by dementia related conditions by the production of journal articles, fact sheets and e-learning resources.
We ask UK Council to engage with the appropriate external charitable organisations who may be willing to work with the Society to assist in the co-ordinating of these documents.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: United Nations Action Against Sexual Violence 
The gang rape of a physiotherapy student in Delhi shocked the world and sparked outrage across India. This one highlighted tragedy is sadly the tip of the iceberg. The Special Representative of the United Nations (UN), Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, states that “up to 15% of women in conflict zones are affected every year”. The UN Stop Rape Now campaign, “Get Cross” aims to raise awareness of sexual violence in conflicts and prosecute those involved in this crime.
Conference calls upon UK Council and all members of the SCoR to “Get Cross” in support of the campaign.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Supporting Staff through Sickness
Conference is concerned that, in common with the majority of employers, the NHS operates sick pay provisions which cease after a year of absence.  In the majority of cases, this time period allows for recovery or for appropriate resolutions to be negotiated in the unfortunate instances where a return to work is impossible.
However, ironically, in some cases where prognosis is good for a return to work, from cancer and other diseases which have a predictable outcome post treatment, the recovery period can extend beyond the sick pay limit.  This can leave NHS staff in desperate financial need.
Conference calls upon UK Council to enter into dialogue with NHS Employers to look at the sickness policy in these instances to enable those members to continue to receive salary until such time as their treatment is no longer required and they are deemed fit to return to work.  At present the sickness policy puts a further strain on recovery due to the significant financial pressures some members may face.
UK Council will support this Motion



Subject: Employer Commitment to Adherence to Agenda for Change Handbook
This Conference notes the continuing trend of employers to re-band posts at a lower level. This Conference notes the introduction of new guidance regarding re-profiling and Job Evaluation.
This Conference calls upon UK Council to work with the NHS Staff Council:

  • to ensure a commitment from NHS Employers that its members will properly and fully follow the provisions of the Job Evaluation handbook

  • to ensure a commitment from NHS Employers that, where posts are likely to be re-banded during organisational change, a measurable change to the Job Description can be identified during the consultation period.

UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Regional Pay
This Conference calls upon UK Council to lobby the Department of Health and Government Ministers NHSE to highlight the benefits of remaining within national terms and conditions and demonstrate the negatives of regional pay consortiums, which seek to undermine the national process
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Bullying
This Conference is concerned about the lack of action from the successful focus at ADC 2012 on the bullying of student radiographers.
This Conference calls on UK Council to publicise the strategy more strongly.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Disciplinary Policy
This Conference notes that staff excluded from the workplace whilst on suspension are sometimes unable to access information or evidence that is only available at the workplace to use in their defence due to phrasing in the employer’s Disciplinary Policy.
This Conference calls upon UK Council to work with the governing NHS Employers in the four countries to publish a recommendation that individual employers implement best practice and amend disciplinary policies to allow suspended employees controlled access to the workplace in order to mount their defence.
UK Council will oppose this Motion


Subject: AfC Annex T Review
A survey of reps in Wales indicates that there is only one Health Board that has Band 5/6 progression under Annex T.
Conference calls on UK Council to undertake an NHS survey project into the reality of radiographers’ career progression and publish its findings within 6 months.
UK Council will oppose this Motion


Subject: Career Progression Erosion
The NHS funding crisis is having a detrimental effect on pay and conditions for radiographers.  There is evidence in Wales that this is preventing departments from implementing Annex T and other career developments.  It may be the case that a similar situation exists in the other UK countries.
Conference calls upon UK Council to reinvigorate the campaign to ensure all reps and managers have a good understanding of Annex T.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Use of Bradford Scoring System
Conference is concerned about the increasing use of the Bradford Scoring System within sickness & absence policies in many trusts and hospitals.  Conference calls on UK Council to work with the TUC and other health unions to denounce this system and call for its removal from all public sector sickness policies.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Protecting Agenda for Change (AfC) National Terms and Conditions
It is becoming increasingly apparent that the National AfC framework is becoming regionalised with different conditions affecting England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  This is further shown with the recent NHSE proposals to reduce the terms of AfC only applying in England.  Moreover, some employers in England are striving to pre-empt these proposals to seek local terms and conditions, including slashing annual leave allowance, freezing incremental pay progression and extending the working day.
Whilst the current proposals are being formulated as a means to protect the national agreement the membership is greatly concerned that this is not the end game but merely the thin end of the wedge.

  • Conference calls on UK Council to lobby NHS Employers to remove these changes which reduce the terms and conditions to employees in England

  • Conference also calls on UK Council to work in partnership with other NHS trade unions to resist these attacks, and to lobby NHSE and Government to reassert its commitment to maintaining the integrity of a UK-wide National Agreement.

UK Council will support this Motion



Subject: MRI Compatible Lanyards
With health and safety at the top of the agenda for any organisation, the NHS is no exception. One of the requirements of NHS employees is to have their ID badge on display while on duty so they can be easily recognised as a member of staff.
Our colleagues who work in MRI often have to remove their ID before entering the scanning room due to the current lanyards being non-compatible with the MRI environment.
Conference calls upon UK Council to work with the manufacturer of the SOR lanyards to ensure they are MRI compliant so that members of staff working in this environment can continue to wear their ID badges and therefore provide reassurance to patients.
UK Council will listen to the debate


Subject: Resuscitation Training for Radiographers must be Mandatory and be Protected from Cuts by Certain Trusts
As the austerity measures begin to hit hard, and NHS Trusts begin to contrive ways of cost cutting and penny-pinching, there are reports that some employers in the London area are ceasing resuscitation training for radiographers as they are not what are determined as ‘high risk groups’.  There are no Government guidelines to state what comprises mandatory training for all radiographers; it is up to the employer, but broadly speaking it refers to resuscitation, fire safety and moving and handling.
Budget pressures are leading to mandatory training being put on hold, or given priority to certain staff.  Resuscitation training, as with all mandatory training, is essential and, by definition, compulsory.  By allowing employers to cut mandatory training, the health and welfare of our patients is being put at risk. Resuscitation training for all frontline health workers is absolutely essential.
Conference calls upon UK Council to campaign to prevent cuts to mandatory training.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Best Practice
There is much evidence to suggest that many Diagnostic Imaging departments are working beyond safe working levels. Examples of this can be seen in:

  • Staff side evidence to the Pay Review Body 2013-2014

  • NHS Staff survey on pay and conditions 2012

  • Reports to our Health and Safety Officer Lynn Wigley

  • Our own experience and anecdotal evidence from stressed members of an increase in sickness rates, low morale, Radiation incidents and mistakes

There is also a decrease in some instances of quality.
This Conference calls upon UK Council to survey all Diagnostic Imaging departments on issues such as staffing levels, patient numbers, skill mix levels, rest breaks, sickness levels, bullying and harassment, stress indicators etc, and from the results to publish and circulate guidance notes for best practice.
UK Council will oppose this Motion



Subject: SCOR Promotional Material
Unsolicited promotional material included with professional radiography journals in 2013 included a flyer for a company whose service involved reclaiming tax which may have been overpaid previously (e.g. for professional subscriptions).
In their terms and conditions, this company charged a fee of over 60% to be deducted from any monies successfully reclaimed.  As this particular task can be done easily, and for free, using a form supplied by the SCOR itself, it is unacceptable that such a leaflet went out to members.
Conference calls upon UK Council to ensure promotional material included with professional radiography journals represents value for money, and does not result in undue expense to members.
UK Council will listen to the debate


Subject: Privatisation of the NHS
The drive by successive governments to increase independent sector involvement in NHS services in England has now reached a level at which the provisions of SCoR policy are being contravened.
UK Council is concerned that, over time, awareness of SCoR policy amongst members naturally diminishes. In the current economic environment, it is important that members and other stakeholders do not perceive the Society as being passive in the face of political change and its effects on health services.
UK Council therefore seeks support of Conference in:

  • re-stating policy to members, to union colleagues, national governments and other stakeholders

  • publicising our opposition to creeping privatisation of public services

  • campaigning against further independent sector involvement in NHS services where this contravenes our policy

  • raising issues where the NHS is not on a level playing field with the private sector e.g offering reduced tariff payments and tax benefits to private companies. 

UK Council will approve this Motion


Subject: Justice for Colombia 
Conference notes that Colombia continues to be the most dangerous place in the world to be a trade unionist, with over 94 assassinated since 2010. Trade unionists and other social activists face death threats, false accusations, imprisonment, forced displacement and exile as a result of their work.
Justice for Colombia (JFC) is a British non-governmental organisation (NGO) that campaigns for human rights, workers’ rights and the search for peace with social justice in Colombia.
Conference calls upon UK Council to:

  • affiliate to JFC

  • support the JFC peace campaign and

  • support the JFC campaign for the release of Colombia’s political prisoners.

UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Political Neutrality, Affiliation and the SoR
This Conference believes that political neutrality is a position that is inconsistent with the current political climate where a coalition has been established without the consent of the electorate. The SCoR is a trade union affiliated to the TUC, and whilst there cannot be a presumption of political bias towards any particular political party the objectives and policies for the SCoR are more aligned to Labour thinking than to the promotion of the free market.
The current policy of the Coalition is a case in point where the pursuit of austerity has fragmented and restricted the ability of public services to work for the public good in favour of private industry and the shareholder.
This Conference calls on UK Council to initiate the necessary steps so that the SCoR affiliates to the Labour Party and then works with them to reverse the changes to the NHS and other public services imposed by the Coalition.
UK Council will oppose this Motion


Subject: Political Independence
The SoR has always maintained political independence. 
This Conference calls on UK Council to reiterate the SoR’s political independence in SCoR media.
Replace ‘neutrality’ with ‘independence’
Amendment submitted by NORTHERN REGION
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Unfair Advantages that Private Companies have
This Conference recognises that the most significant development following the Government’s healthcare reforms has been the £20 billion worth of services made available to the private sector under the Any Qualified Provider rule.
This Conference notes that, unlike NHS organisations, such companies are not subject to scrutiny under the Freedom of Information Act and can hide behind commercial confidentiality.
This Conference believes that private healthcare companies enjoy an unfair advantage because of this unequal access to information.
This Conference therefore calls upon UK Council to:

  • Campaign that all companies bidding for publically funded healthcare contracts be subject to Freedom of Information requests in the same way as existing NHS providers

  • To publicise the Early Day Motion 773 among members, encouraging them to lobby their MP to support it.

UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Campaign to Repeal the Health and Social Care Act 2012
This Conference welcomes the comment made by Andy Burnham that he would repeal the Health and Social Care Act (H&SCA) should he be appointed Health Minister at the next election.
This Conference calls upon UK Council:

  • To approach the TUC to lead a high profile campaign to lobby the main political parties to obtain a manifesto pledge to repeal the Health and Social Care Act if elected

  • To monitor the effects of the H&SCA upon NHS services.

UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Funding of Public Services
Despite Government claims that they have increased real term NHS funding, this has been found not to be the case.  Despite promises of protecting front line staff, it is clear that cost cutting in the NHS is targeted at the pay and terms and conditions of front line staff.  However, it is also clear that if the Government wants a world class healthcare system, it is going to have to pay for it.
Conference asks UK Council to work with the TUC to launch a campaign to increase funding in real terms for the NHS and ensure that this money goes into frontline services such as staffing costs and equipment procurement.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: MOT Scans
Conference calls upon UK Council to re-invigorate the SCOR campaign for awareness of MOT/Lifescan scans.  False positive diagnosis can lead to further scans (possibly CT with additional radiation) being performed to verify the original results.  We are mindful of all the work continuing to be done and feel that it is time to rejuvenate this campaign.
UK Council will support this Motion



Subject: Radiographer Triaging
It is recognised that A&E waiting times and delays to patient pathways remain key concerns in modern healthcare across all four countries.  Transforming services continues to be a driver for the English NHS.  With guidelines on appropriate cost effective training and support for the development of a new role it is suggested that an appropriately trained and skilled reporting radiographer could triage patients, refer for imaging, then report on the images and refer or discharge as appropriate.
Conference calls upon UK Council to provide guidance and support for developing career pathways for this area of interdepartmental advanced practice.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Protected Study Time
Every year, national councils and regional committees provide study days alongside AGMs, providing excellent Continued Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for the membership. These often take place either at the weekend or in the evenings.
In Northern Ireland, and we are sure elsewhere, the budget for funding of CPD and protected study time is limited. Last year, the Chair of NI Council emailed all Radiology Services Managers to request that they encourage staff to attend the Conference and allow for TOIL to be claimed, as well as funding. One of the five trusts supported and funded the study day, another Trust is giving a half day in lieu.
Conference asks that a centrally generated email be sent to all managers each year to encourage funding and/or TOIL for members attending study days, as this may have more kudos than from national/regional committees’ circulars/marketing.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Accreditation of In House Training
The NHS funding crisis is having a detrimental effect on staff development. More Health Boards/Trusts are developing in house training in order to reduce training costs. This means that these newly acquired skills are only recognised by the radiographer’s current employer.
Conference calls on UK Council to develop a system where in house training can be accredited by the SoR and hence become nationally recognised and transferable.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Time Off for Continued Professional Development Audit
The HCPC expects every member to carry out Continued Professional Development (CPD). Every two years the HCPC selects 2.5% of members from each of their professions to be audited, so that they can see the competency of that individual and make sure that it falls in line with the CPD requirements.
There is very little time to complete CPD let alone do the required amount. Conference therefore calls upon UK Council to explore an opportunity for the 2.5% of members that are selected, to have three paid days off to organise their work.
UK Council will oppose this Motion


Subject: Fit for the future
In the current economic climate and with training budgets drastically cut, staffing levels and productivity pressures affect staff at every level; members, reps and managers.
The result is that many members feel that their professional standards are being compromised.  For example, lack of investment in IT refurbishment programmes means lengthy IT log in protocols which make them unusable and the easy workable option is to share logins. Therefore staff feel forced into compromising their professional standards.
While we support the push to seven day working, the impact on maintaining Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is set to add yet another pressure on staff and the struggle to preserve professional standards. We have to accept that the ideal of protected study time in its original form is no longer realistic, but CPD is both mandatory and remains a sound investment in the future of healthcare.
In order to preserve our right to be recognised as professionals, Conference calls upon UK Council to investigate and instigate a strategy for the sustainable future of continuous professional development, and to report back.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Sonographer Training
Currently there is a shortage of sonographers due to the lack of funding and staff. There are a number of radiographers that have enquired about progressing in Ultrasound, through their own means of funding, to assist the situation. However, due to the current training system and lack of staff to train members this has not been possible.
Conference calls on UK Council to consider a self-funded programme for radiographers who wish to train in Ultrasound. We strongly believe that this will increase the number of sonographers and shorten the NHS waiting lists, which will be beneficial to patients and members.
UK Council will oppose this Motion


Subject: Accredited Training Framework for Image Commenting
As employers seek ways to reduce their pay bill, there is a growing need for Band 5 radiographers to be supported in the development of their careers. Conference acknowledges the work already undertaken by the SCOR to support career progression.
Conference calls on UK Council to oversee the development of an accredited training framework for image commenting that can be utilised by learning teams in healthcare organisations. The aim will be to facilitate transferable skills and ensure that commenting is acknowledged with an appropriate Factor 2 (Knowledge Training and Education) weighting in the job evaluation process, thus giving more weight to the argument that commenting is a Band 6 skill.
UK Council will listen to the debate


Subject: Student Development
The development of students is part of a radiographer’s professional responsibility and is generally included in job descriptions and supports succession planning.  Any failure to promote, develop and maintain good practice will have a knock on effect for future quality of clinical practice and the following generations of students.
Conference calls upon UK Council to actively promote a culture among staff for raising awareness of their role in student development.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Four Tier Structure
This Conference is concerned about the attrition by stealth of the four tier structure. In Eastern Region we have seen a reduction and differences in courses currently provided for both Assistant Practitioners and Advanced Practitioners.  It appears that departmental managers are not valuing the assistant and advanced practitioner roles, and there is a reduction in investment in training at these levels. This has led to low numbers of students enrolling on courses and universities not delivering courses as they are no longer financially viable.
We call on Council to review and audit the situation urgently and take all necessary steps including highlighting the value of radiographer advanced roles, making the business case for such roles, supporting managers in their efforts within their hospitals to encourage such developments.  Also to build relationships and exerting pressure with all necessary parties, such as Department of Health, NHS Employers, clinical commissioners and universities to ensure these important training programs continue to run.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Advocating Radiographers For Radiology Managers Roles and Support For Managers
Conference recognises and is grateful for the provision that has been put in place over recent years in support of Radiology Managers.
This motion proposes that steps are taken to promote further recognition by the Chief Health Professions Officer and Department of Health (DH) of the unique value afforded by radiographers in the position of Radiology Service Managers.  This motion further proposes that more educational programmes are built and delivered to support the learning and development needs of Radiology Service Managers. This will supplement the leadership courses, encourage career progression for radiographers and get the right people leading healthcare of the future.
This Conference calls on UK Council to approach the Chief Health Professions Officer and gain her recognition and support in promoting and recognising that Radiology departments should have radiographers in the role of Radiology Service Managers, and her support to develop learning opportunities and take this forward through the DH.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: GP Commissioning Opportunities
The new world of GP commissioning in England brings challenges and possible new opportunities for individual radiographers who may wish to maximise these business changes.  As services move away from traditional NHS providers, members will need support to develop the skills required to maximise potential opportunities.  Members should be supported to develop appropriate business models to become successful service providers. Our members will require new skills and access to information to enable them to take up these opportunities or someone else will leap in to the market gap.
Conference calls upon UK Council to investigate and publish guidance on maximising opportunities for radiographers within GP commissioning and service provision,  and support members in identifying how to plan for their futures, including access to information and support on the impact on their NHS pension.
UK Council will support this Motion



Subject: Recruitment to Regional Councils
It has been noted that there are many long term vacancies on SoR National Councils and Regional Committees.
Conference calls on UK Council to run a recruitment campaign in Synergy News promoting the benefits of representing the SoR at regional, national and UK Council level.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Presidential Term
Other trade unions and sister organisations support a longer period in the presidential (or equivalent) office than does the SoR to aid training, development and continuity for this important post.
Conference calls upon UK Council to investigate the possibility of running the presidential term for longer than one year, and to feed back their recommendations to the RC/NC.
UK Council will listen to the debate


Subject: Update Reps Handbook Content to be more Specific to Reps
This Conference notes the continuing efforts to update the Reps handbook as it is a vital tool to aiding new (and seasoned) reps in performing their duties. Having reviewed the current edition, this Conference believes that some of the information contained in it is aimed at all members and not how Reps can fulfil their role.
This Conference calls upon UK Council to:

  • Continue to review and update the Reps handbook to ensure that it enables Reps to meet the requirements of their role

  • To include a section for Union Learning Reps.

UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Change in SoR Membership and Members Handbook
Conference supports a change in the SCoR member handbook, which will ensure that, for any new member or any past member who may rejoin, benefits of membership commence after one month of membership and are conditional on the first subscription installment being paid.
Professional indemnity cover would be unaffected and be effective from the joining date as this scheme is subject to separate conditions.
This practice is operated by other unions and provides a degree of assurance that prospective members cannot obtain benefits or seek support without contributing fairly to the organisation.
Conference calls upon UK Council to update the members’ handbook in line with this recommendation as soon as practically possible and following due process
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Accessibility of Members’ email Contact Lists for Local Representatives
Throughout the course of being a SCoR Representative, there will be times when a local Rep will need to be able to communicate directly with his/her members.  This may occur in an evening, over a weekend or on a bank holiday; times when SCoR Head Office is inaccessible.   Currently, access to email contact lists for members is restricted, with local Reps having to communicate through Head Office. This system is not conducive with the requirements for instant and effective communication. We have been told that the SCoR has an obligation to protect the confidentiality of members’ personal email addresses held on the database.  However the Reps accreditation process includes signing up to the obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 and therefore it seems incongruous to then view Reps’ knowledge of our members’ email addresses, in what would be wholly legitimate circumstances, as a breach of Data Protection.
Conference calls upon UK Council to consider the efficacious improvement of implementing a secure system to enable local representatives direct access to members’ email contact details or to be regularly sent membership lists by Head Office with e-mail addresses included.
UK Council will listen to the debate


Subject: Membership Information
As the economic climate becomes harsher it will no doubt become more difficult to recruit and retain union members. Whilst the Society has a higher than most density rate of members, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels.
In the past RC/NCs have received, on a regular basis, statistics on their area’s joiners and leavers. This information is extremely useful to monitor which particular locations/employers are doing well or badly with recruitment. This information no longer seems to be issued to RC/NC Secretaries.
This Conference calls on UK Council to consider what would be useful membership information to be issued to regions and countries to keep them abreast of their current levels of membership. If information were received on a regular basis this would encourage committee meetings to keep recruitment of members as a high priority on their agenda, thus ensuring the financial stability of the Society and ensuring all departments have the majority of those eligible to join in membership.
This Conference calls on UK Council to ensure that committees are easily able to access current membership statistics so that they can focus local efforts in increasing and retaining members.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: On Line Booking
At ADC 2010 it was agreed to implement an on-line booking and payment system for SoR events run by Regional and National Committees. This was planned to coincide with the introduction of the new website.  However it is evident that this is still not available.
This Conference calls on UK Council to investigate this urgently and ensure this system is available for future RC and NC events.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: The Requirement to Ensure Local SCoR Representatives are kept Abreast of Changes in Employment Law
The role of a local SCoR Representative comprises many competencies around negotiation, communication and common sense. It also requires an ability to know when an enquiry or problem requires an eye to the current legal position.  In the Northern Region, the Regional Committee meetings always have a section covering the latest interesting case law and employment law updates.
It has become apparent that the pace of change in employment legislation, for example changes to redundancy consultation periods, enhanced protection from discrimination afforded by the Equality Act 2010 etc., mean that accredited Representatives need to be much more on the ball, so as to ensure accurate advice is given on behalf of the SCoR.
Conference calls upon UK Council to work with the Trade Union and Industrial Relations (TUIR) team to produce employment law updates of subject matter which are likely to impact on radiographers’ working lives. Simple, concise bulletins pointing out when the law has changed or delivered pertinent cases would provide an essential weapon in the Reps’ toolkit.
UK Council will support this Motion



Subject: Raising Professional Profile
This Conference calls upon UK Council to actively highlight and promote the contribution radiographers make at large events such as the Olympics to further increase the profile of the profession
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Promotion of UK Council to Encourage Nominations to Council
The Northern Region has over the years had a number of Council members. When a Regional Council vacancy arises the position can sometimes be left empty for some time, despite concerted efforts by the Regional Committee and Regional Officer to encourage interest.
We do not believe that the promotion of UK Council should be a one-off exercise or only at election times. The communication about UK Council should be a part of every media platform we use and a year round activity. By raising the awareness and knowledge, the membership can begin to understand how the various elements of the SCoR work in partnership. Members often only understand the facets of the SCoR that they see on a daily basis, such as their local Rep. Consequently the inner workings of UK Council are a mystery to them.
Conference calls upon UK Council to consider how well the general membership understands the function and purpose of UK Council and to use the website, Synergy News and personal interaction to better describe the strategic work of UK Council and the activities that individuals undertake once elected.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Misrepresentation of Radiography Profession in the Media
This Conference is concerned at the misrepresentation of the Radiography profession in various television medical drama programmes and calls on UK Council to take all available steps to enforce the current policy and ensure the profession is portrayed accurately in the media.
Replace ‘not brought into disrepute but portrayed properly’ with ‘portrayed accurately’
Motion amendment submitted by YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Merchandising the SCoR
Promoting and raising the profile of the profession is a perennial challenge.  There were motions in 2012 for more supporting material for campaigns. We are aware of ongoing work being undertaken by the Communications Group over the past year but as yet we have seen little output.
Members are proud of the SoR and want to be able to wear clothing or have access to promotional material similar to items available for other membership organisations or professional associations.  Members can only purchase a badge at present to show support to the SOR. Other items and something a shade more contemporary to be available to members is long overdue.
Conference calls upon UK Council to revisit the personal PR lines available and investigate more ‘Fun Merchandise’ to have available for members to purchase personally and to be provided for future campaigns.
UK Council will listen to the debate


Subject: Reduced SoR Membership Rates for Members Seeking Early Retirement
Due to the changes in public sector pensions effectively increasing the retirement age to 65-68, radiographers who are struggling to cope with the increasing stresses and strains that come with such a physically demanding job are being forced to take early retirement.  Under the current rules in the SOR Handbook, members do not qualify for retired member rates until they reach retirement age. Financial constraints prevent retired members from continuing to participate in Regional/National Committees, whilst the SCoR is losing the invaluable experience and knowledge offered by this group of members.
Conference calls upon UK Council to amend the Handbook to provide a reduced rate for those members who retire early on ill health grounds.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: World Radiography Day materials
This Conference calls upon UK Council to ensure that packs that are distributed for World Radiography Day contain sufficient resources to cover all areas of radiography i.e. radiotherapy, breast screening, and are of adequate quality. This Conference notes that currently much of the pack contents pertain to diagnostic radiography.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Posters
This Conference is concerned at the wording on one of the posters available for World Radiography Day, ‘The Radiographer held my hand all the way’.
This Conference calls on UK Council to ensure future publicity material accurately reflects the role of the radiographer.
UK Council will support this Motion



Subject: Financial Awareness Campaign and Support Network for Members Suffering Financial Difficulties
The desire of NHS Employers locally and nationally to cut overheads and deficits can only be achieved by attacking pay and terms and conditions, whilst many members are failing to acknowledge that there is true potential for their gross income to reduce. The most likely way this may occur is through jobs being down-banded. It has become apparent that some radiographers seem to believe their current job band is unassailable.
We believe this inability to consider the inevitable is a direct result of some members knowing their income is over-committed or reliant on on-call earnings. If members are better prepared to recognise that down banding is likely for a significant portion of the membership they can re-structure their finances accordingly in advance.
Conference calls upon UK Council to spearhead an awareness campaign through direct communications with members, to encourage members to tackle their finances sooner rather than later. The SCoR should seek to work in tandem with a suitable debt counselling organisation, so that members see this as part of the employment support package that we offer.
UK Council will support this Motion


Subject: Travel
Many members voluntarily undertaking SoR business will be required to attend their paid employment on the following day. The expenses policy currently means that there are times when members spend unacceptably long hours away from home or travelling due to the current requirement to use the cheapest route on public transport.
One solution is to consider alternative methods of managing the financial costs to the organisation through adjusting meeting times or making use of technology to remove some of the need for face to face meetings.
Conference calls upon UK Council to support a system to resolve concerns about excessive travel time or work periods while on SoR business where the excess is caused by travel limitations due to cost.
UK Council will support this Motion