ADC 2014: Motions

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EMERGENCY MOTION 1

Subject: NHS Pay
This conference condemns the intention of the coalition to reject the NHSPRB recommendation of a 1% consolidated increase for NHS staff and impose a 1% non consolidated wage increase only for those NHS staff [in England] at the top point for their pay band.
We further reject the proposal to impose a consolidated 1% increase for 2015 and 2016 paid for by freezing increments in 2015.
This award shows the contempt that this government has for hard working caring staff employed in the NHS.
This Conference is disappointed by the Labour party support for government rhetoric on austerity and lack of support for NHS staff to oppose the imposition of this award.
This conference calls on the SoR, other health service unions and the TUC to;

  • Campaign for the pay review body’s recommendation for 2014 to be implemented fully.

  • Resist the imposition of a two or three year settlement.

  • Publicise the damage this has on the provision of safe, caring, patient centred and cost-effective healthcare.

  • Consult members on the Government statement and formulate a response which could include a programme of industrial action.

  • Demands that future pay increases at least match the rate of inflation.

UK COUNCIL

EMERGENCY MOTION 2

Subject: NHS Pay Review Body
Conference deplores the Government response on the 13th March, to reject the NHSPRB’s recommendations for a 1% consolidated rise for all Agenda for Change staff.
Conference believes that the future operation of independent, fair and transparent pay determination across the NHS is threatened by this decision.
Conference is also concerned over the lack of any forthright condemnation from The Labour Party to this decision.
Conference further notes the hypocrisy of this Government in implementing the recommendations from The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority on MP’s Pay, an 11% increase with effect from May 2015 and salaries then to rise in line with average earnings.
Conference calls on UK Council to :

  • Work with Health trade unions and the TUC to lobby and campaign for this decision to be reversed and the PRB’s recommendations to be fully implemented.

  • To lobby and campaign for a legislative change so that in future the Government of the day is bound by PRB recommendations.

LONDON REGION

PUBLIC POLICY

MOTION 1

Subject: Access to mainstream financial services
The Centre for Social Justice think tank has published a report entitled ‘Maxed Out’. This highlighted a dramatic rise in personal debt to £1.4 trillion, with average household debt being £54,000, nearly double in a decade. Problem debt is having a corrosive impact on people and families in terms of their mental health, relationships and well-being.
Within the overall numbers of struggling households is a significant section caught in a spiral of debt and dependence on payday lenders and high interest borrowing; the result of the failure of the Coalition to control and regulate the financial services sector and the denial of credit by the mainstream banks to the less well-off. This ‘Catch-22’ is made worse by the inability of many to gain access to a bank account, which in turn denies them access to cheaper online consumables and services.
This Conference calls on the SoR to promote to Government the urgent need to encourage cross-party initiatives to ensure the less well-off do not have to rely on ‘loan sharks’ for credit, including action by the mainstream lenders that will support the opening and maintaining of a bank account, an essential for fair access to services and goods and full participation in society.  
UK COUNCIL

 

MOTION 2

Subject: Car parking charges
Car parking charges at most hospitals in Scotland and Wales were abolished in 2008 and yet in Northern Ireland and England individual trusts are allowed to levy whatever parking charge they see fit.
This Conference calls on UK Council to negotiate with NHS England and NHS Northern Ireland to bring them in line with Wales and Scotland in introducing cost neutral, if not free, parking fees for their hospitals. 
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 3

Subject: Breast feeding pilot scheme
There is currently a pilot scheme to give financial incentives to mothers who breastfeed their babies.  This Conference believes that this is unethical, discriminatory and unworkable. Therefore, this Conference agrees to ask UK Council to liaise with the Royal College of Midwives to establish how best the Society of Radiographers can support them in their viewin opposing such schemes.
EASTERN REGION
Add ‘in opposing such schemes’
Amendment submitted by London Region
UK Council will listen to the debate

MOTION 4

Subject: Campaign to oppose the reform of the Gangmasters Licensing Act 2004
This year will mark the 10th Anniversary of the Morecambe Bay cockling tragedy in which 21 migrant workers drowned off the Lancashire coast.  The Gangmasters Licensing Act 2004 was enacted in the wake of this disaster to regulate gangmasters employing vulnerable workers.  The Act also set up the Gangmasters Licensing Authority (GLA).
Under the Government’s Red Tape Challenge, proposals are afoot to strip the GLA of powers to regulate the forestry sector, land agents and cleaning contractors operating in the food processing industry, thereby putting thousands of vulnerable workers at risk.  Many of these workers are in precarious employment that places them at risk of continuing poverty and injustice resulting from an imbalance of power in the employer-worker relationship.
Conference calls on UK Council to lobby Government to reconsider the proposed changes to the operational processes/procedures of the GLA to prevent a watered down, flawed risk assessment process which would place vulnerable workers at greater risk.
NORTHERN REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 5

Subject: Accident and Emergency Cover
This Conference is concerned over the Trust/Health Board reconfigurations occurring Nationwide and believes that they are being driven to effect financial savings and do nothing to improve healthcare in the UK.
Conference is particularly concerned over proposals to downgrade or close a number of Accident and Emergency units of which Chase Farm is just one example out of many. Conference believes that such proposals are positively dangerous to the provision of timely and effective emergency services.
Conference calls on UK Council:

  • To work with the Regional Committees and National Councils to give full support to all local campaigns resisting such changes.

  • To work with other trade unions and stakeholder groups in resisting such changes.

  • To exert such pressure as is possible through the TUC.

  • To make representations to NHS Employers, the Department of Health and to the political parties in opposing such changes.

LONDON REGION
Delete references to ‘London’ ‘the London region’ ‘the Capital’ and add ‘Health Board’, ‘Nationwide’, ‘UK’ ‘National Councils’, ‘Employers’
Amendments submitted by Welsh Council
UK Council will listen to the debate

MOTION 6

Subject: European Union
This ADC is mindful of the fact that at least one political party has already given a pledge that it will ensure there is a referendum on the UK’s continuing membership of the European Union, should it win the next general election.
Conference therefore calls on UK Council to produce a draft SoR policy statement on EU membership which will cover the impact EU membership has for members in all areas including, but not limited to, employment law, health and safety law, professional standards and employment opportunities.
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 7

Subject: Publicity campaign
This Conference calls upon UK Council to work with other unions to implement a campaign of positive publicity to refute the current demonizing of the public sector.
SOUTHWEST REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 8

Subject: Transport Costs
This Conference calls upon UK Council to work with the TUC and non-affiliated unions to campaign to put a cap on all public transport cost increases until average pay increases once again match inflation levels
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 9

Subject: Campaign to oppose Clause 118 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012
Clause 118 has been tacked onto an otherwise unrelated Care Bill currently going through Parliament. Clause 118 opens the door to wholesale NHS changes across large areas, with almost no effective recourse to public scrutiny and debate.  This clause that has been inserted is a pernicious and underhand piece of legislation that must not be allowed to pass into law. This would give the Secretary of State unprecedented powers to close or privatise services and local hospitals at the government’s behest.
Conference calls on UK Council to campaign to oppose Clause 118 to guarantee the continuation of proper and extensive consultation with local people and to ensure that decisions are based on clinical needs, not political interference and dogma.
NORTHERN REGION
WITHDRAWN

EMERGENCY MOTION 3

Subject: Repeal of Clause 119 of The Care Bill
Conference notes with dismay that on the 11th March 2014, Clause 119 of the Care Bill, also known as the hospital closure clause, was passed by MPs. This clause gives the Secretary of State for Health sweeping powers to close vital services without proper consultation and clinical support, just as they tried to do in Lewisham.
We condemn the Coalition Government’s determination to ignore the serious concerns expressed both outside of Parliament and by the Labour Party and, further, we deplore the Liberal Democrats who, despite proposing the amendment, failed to vote in support of it.
Conference calls on UK Council to:

  • Work with other Health Unions and the TUC to campaign and lobby to repeal Clause 119.

  • Write to the Labour Party, welcoming their opposition to Clause 119 and their commitment to repeal Clause 119 if elected in 2015.

  • Seek from the Labour Party a Manifesto Commitment to repeal Clause 119 in the first year of the Parliament if they are elected.

NORTHERN REGION

MOTION 10

Subject: Defibrillators

  • The onset of the portable defibrillator – a device developed to combat cardiac arrest or heart attack brought on by a fibrillation or irregular heart rhythm and their life saving potential for a victim of sudden cardiac arrest.

  • The development of smaller, automated, portable defibrillators enables ordinary people to use them safely in emergency situations.

  • Defibrillators can now be stored and used by sports clubs and at public venues including schools, community centres and public events.

  • The British Heart Foundation recognizes the life-saving potential of defibrillators, where there are large crowds or in remote areas, and has placed over 6000 in communities since 1996 and assisted community groups with grants to acquire them.

Conference believes that the remote and rural areas of the UK can benefit from the availability of defibrillators and they should also be available as standard at large events. Conference asks UK Council to help press for the wider availability of defibrillators for community groups, with support from health bodies and the UK Government to reduce the risk of death from cardiac arrest.
SCOTTISH COUNCIL
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 11

Subject: Private Companies in the NHS
Conference asks UK Council to lobby national governments and health boards to enshrine into law that any company used to run elements of the NHS should be based in the UK for tax purposes and that they pay full UK taxes on all profits made from running public health services.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 12

Subject: NHS Affordability
There are many services provided by the NHS that we take for granted, such as visiting the GP or attending A&E. These services, in particular, are under enormous pressure and there seems to be no mechanism for managing rising demand. Perhaps the time has come for there to be a debate about whether the status quo is financially viable under the UK Government’s austerity programme.
This Conference calls on UK Council to open up a debate in the wider NHS about the affordability of certain services, including GP visits and A&E attendances, being free at the point of use.
WELSH COUNCIL
UK Council will oppose this Motion

MOTION 13

Subject: Cycling (Group debate with Motion 14)
Over the past six months the dangers posed to cyclists have really come into the spotlight with six cyclists losing their lives in the Capital in just 13 days in November 2013.  According to the Government’s Road Casualty Report, there is “a well-established upward trend in pedal cyclist casualties in Great Britain”. 
The health benefits of cycling are indisputable and, in a world where exercise is essential to reduce obesity and maintain a healthy lifestyle, cycling must be encouraged.  Additionally, in this difficult economic climate, cycling is a cost effective mode of transport.  The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group initiative Get Britain Cycling recognises that ‘cycling can make people healthier, happier and wealthier’.
This Conference calls upon UK Council to support The Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC), the National Cycling Charity and other relevant bodies in making cycling safer in any way it can, such as by actively taking part in campaigns, lobbying Government to improve cycle safety.
LONDON REGION
Add ‘such as’ and delete ‘or by giving donations’
Amendment submitted by Midlands Region
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 14

Subject: Road Safety Campaign
A percentage of trauma imaging comes from incidents which could easily be avoided; stepping out in front of cars/vehicles, near parked cars or even wearing headphones (especially cyclists).
Conference calls upon UK Council to work with other professional bodies to promote these issues in an updated road safety campaign.
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 15

Subject: Changes to the Data Protection Act
The Data Protection Act currently considers information relating to an individual’s membership of a trade union to be sensitive information. The Lobbying Bill introduced by Andrew Lansley threatens this confidentiality, specifically Part 3, which threatens to allow the State access to trade union membership lists.
Conference calls on UK Council to work with the TUC to ensure that this information remains confidential and the current provisions held within The Data Protection Act 1998 are maintained.
NORTHERN REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 16

Subject: Government Selling of NHS Patient Data
In March, the Government launched a central electronic database of medical information, covering every member of the public in England.  This central database can be accessed by any researcher or company who wants to undertake any form of research linked to medical data.  This data will include patient identifiable data, such as date of birth, post codes and NHS numbers.  This has caused concern amongst many sectors.
Conference calls on UK Council to engage with NHS England, the Department of Health and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSIC) to get guarantees from them that any data sold or made available will be anonymised to the extent that it will never be possible to identify an individual patient from the data sold to private companies.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 17

Subject: Childcare Costs (group debate with Motion 18)
A national survey conducted by the Day Care Trust in 2013 saw the average of full time childcare for a child under two to be £11,000, closer to £14,000 in London.
Conference calls on UK Council to lobby the UK Government to cap childcare fees in a similar way to that seen in Sweden.
NORTHERN IRELAND
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 18

Subject: Childcare Provision
In 2012, the Department of Health published ‘Implementing seven day working in imaging departments: good practice guidance’ and many departments are moving towards a full complement of modalities working throughout the week. Radiography as a career choice is changing, with the expectation that employment contracts for all clinical bands will incorporate the need for coverage over seven days. However, childcare at present is not provided for the same periods, with childcare providers at best providing Monday-Friday 7am-18:30pm services.
Conference calls on UK Council to lobby for UK wide provision of seven day childcare.
NORTHERN IRELAND
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 19

Subject: London Underground
This Conference is concerned about the planned ticket office closures across the London Underground network and the corresponding effects on passenger safety.
Conference calls upon UK Council to work with and support the Rail, Maritime and Transport workers union (RMT) and Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) in opposing these changes.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

COMPOSITE MOTION 1

Subject: Smartphone App
With the ever increasing technology available to us, more and more people now own and regularly use a smart phone.  There are thousands of apps available for download but none regarding the SCoR or its work.  In the 21st Century the way we access and utilise information is changing due to the availability and popularity of mobile devices, such as the smart phone and tablet.
Conference calls on the SoR to commission the development of a smartphone application that can be downloaded and accessed anywhere by its members and users, to bring us in line with what other trade unions offer to their members.
WELSH COUNCIL
YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION
Delete ‘with Deesons’
Amendment submitted by Midlands Region
UK Council will listen to the debate

PUBLIC POLICY – EQUALITY

MOTION 20

Subject: Personal Freedom
Conference calls upon UK Council to support staff in allowing freedom of expression in one’s personal appearance, providing they conform to the SoR Personal Statement of Professional Practice.  There is growing concern that locally management are dictating what hair colouring is or is not acceptable at work.  Providing hair is kept tidy and arranged so as not to be a health risk, staff should be free to express their individuality.
SOUTH EAST REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 21

Subject: Breast Screening Staffing
This Conference notes that the UK Breast Screening service appears to be unique in radiography by stipulating the gender of radiographers who may be employed in delivering its services.
Conference calls upon UK Council to challenge the misuse of the Gender Occupational Role (GOR) with regards to the Equality Act (2010) through discussion with the NHS Breast Screening Programme.
SOUTHWEST REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 22

Subject: MENCAP
Conference notes the motion that was presented at the TUC last year raising the issues of premature deaths in adults with learning disabilities and applauds UK Council’s work with MENCAP in this area.
Conference calls upon UK Council to continue to work with MENCAP to produce national guidelines in how to support adults with learning disabilities through their NHS journey.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 23

Subject: Third Gender
A recent report on BBC News on 1st November 2013 from Germany has highlighted again the issue of parents being able to opt out of defining the gender of their child.  The lack of protected status in the UK of a third gender may lead more parents to seek normalising interventions in order for their child to be accepted in society.
This Conference asks UK Council to use every avenue to raise awareness of this issue to encourage debate and further research to enable parents to make an informed decision when necessary.
EASTERN REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 24

Subject: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
FGM is an unacceptable practice and has been unlawful in the UK since 1985 under the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985. However, the Dignity Alert Research Forum (DARF) claims that women in the UK who have undergone FGM are being failed by healthcare professionals.
Conference calls on UK Council to:

  • Voice its condemnation of FGM;

  • Demonstrate its support for the female victims of this violence by publicly supporting the work of organisations such as DARF in raising awareness of FGM;

  • Lobby trade unions and professional bodies who represent those who work in health, mental health, education, social work and the social care sector and encourage them to raise awareness of FGM amongst their members.

SCOTTISH COUNCIL
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 25

Subject: Gender Terminations
Conference applauds the comments made by the SoR Chief Executive regarding the dangers of providing information on the sex of the unborn foetus following an ultrasound examination.  Conference is concerned that this knowledge could then result in the termination of the foetus based purely on gender and there is some evidence that more terminations are carried out on female than male foetuses.
This Conference calls on UK Council to urgently launch a campaign to urge the Department of Health to develop a national strategy and policy on the use of ultrasound to purely determine the gender of the unborn foetus that covers both the NHS and independent sector.
NORTHWEST REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 26

Subject: Abolition of Discrimination Questionnaires
The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (ERRA) amends Section 138 of the Equality Act 2010, with Discrimination Questionnaires being abolished from 6 April 2014. This reform will go ahead despite 83% of respondents to the Government’s consultation not supporting the proposal
The procedure, which has been in place for 30 years, enables individuals to elicit further information about alleged discriminatory conduct by employers or co-workers. This will be replaced with an informal approach to be set out in Acas guidance.
When the questionnaire procedure is removed from the Equality Act, the formal mechanism for asking questions and providing answers will no longer exist and protection from discrimination will be diminished.
Conference calls on UK Council to:

  • Lobby Government to repeal the ERRA;

  • Approach the TUC to lead a high profile campaign to lobby the main political parties to obtain a manifesto pledge to repeal ERRA if elected.

NORTHERN REGION
UK Council will listen to the debate

MOTION 27

Subject: Gay Conversion Therapy
Conference notes that gay conversion therapy has recently been evidenced as an active practice within UK psychotherapy, with one in six psychiatrists, therapists and psychoanalysts admitting to having attempted to change at least one patient’s sexuality. This practice has no medical indication and is deeply rooted in the idea that homosexuality is a mental illness.
Psychotherapy in the UK is an unregulated practice, with practitioners free to practise out with professional bodies and their ethical statements. With the majority of referrals coming from general practitioners, the Government is debating a Bill to regulate psychotherapy under the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). However Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support, has said that the Government has no plans to ban conversion therapy and believes that regulation of therapists is not appropriate due to the cost to registrants and taxpayers.
As a regulated profession we call on the UK Council of the Society of Radiographers to:

  • Support the Government Bill and make it clear they believe any health and social care profession should be under statutory regulation.

  • Work with relevant gay charities, such as Stonewall and Gay Men’s Health, to ensure that vulnerable people are protected from this unregulated practice.

SCOTTISH COUNCIL
UK Council will support this Motion

SCOR POLICY

MOTION 28

Subject: Affiliation to TUC Review
During the 1980s, members of the SoR voted to affiliate to the TUC. Since then, commitment to effective membership of Congress has been repeatedly supported at periodic reviews undertaken for UK Council.  Council recognises that affiliation involves a degree of acceptance of the established structures and governance within the TUC where membership numbers carry greater weight than effectiveness.
As an independent union, we have worked hard with others to make our voice heard and engage in TUC activities with small and general unions.  Council feels that it is time to initiate a serious debate about the benefits that our members’ considerable investment in TUC brings to our organisation and whether we are best served by our current level of involvement.
UK Council seeks the support of Conference to undertake a thorough evaluation of all aspects of our membership of the TUC with particular reference to our continued involvement as an affiliate and to assess how we may best ensure that the small single profession union is respected and listened to.  The outcome and any recommendations from this work will be presented at the ADC 2015 for discussion by delegates.
UK COUNCIL

MOTION 29

Subject: Operation of the DCC
In recent years DCC feedback on proposed motions has been unclear and ambiguous. This has resulted in uncertainty over rewording and subsequent rejection of motions on resubmission.
This Conference calls upon UK Council to review the operation of the DCC. This should include published clear terms of reference for the consideration and acceptability of motions and ensure the transparency of the process.  This will assist regions and countries in promoting the concerns of members. 
EASTERN REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 30

Subject: Recruiting and Encouraging Active Reps
We are aware of and applaud the admirable job that is done by many excellent pro-active reps in the workplace. However many workplaces do not have any or adequate numbers of active reps.
Whilst the website has good coverage of the roles of reps, this could be improved to include information to assist and encourage all reps to be more active in their workplace and outline the responsibilities for each of the roles, so that more members can be persuaded to take on these roles.
Conference calls on UK Council to undertake a national campaign to encourage more members to become reps, and to revise the Reps section of the SCoR website to promote the active role of reps.
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

MOTION 31

Subject: Vacancy Role Titles
Conference calls upon UK Council to remind employers/radiology managers to ensure that advertisements for vacancies show the Agenda for Change pay band/four tier system, instead of using the very outdated titles such as ‘Senior 1’
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 32

Subject: AfC Radiographer Numbers and Bandings
This Conference believes that, at best, both diagnostic and therapeutic radiographer staff numbers have remained static since the introduction of AfC in 2004.  Conference is aware of the significant increases in patient examinations and treatments across all modalities over the last 10 years. Conference is concerned that these increases have led to a significant increase in the workload of the radiographic workforce. Conference believes that a crisis point has now been reached. Conference also believes that there has been widespread down banding of radiographers under AfC since its inception.
To ascertain the true picture, Conference calls on UK Council to initiate Freedom of Information Requests to all NHS Employers employing radiographers requesting details of the number of whole time equivalent radiographers employed in each modality with their AfC bandings for the following dates as at; 2004/5, 2009 and 2013.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will listen to the debate

MOTION 33

Subject: Clinical Governance Lead
The Government says the NHS should be clinically led, and this also fits with the recommendations of the Francis report.  Therefore a Clinical Governance Lead is an emerging position where radiographers with vast clinical experience can take a lead in ensuring quality within the department in respect of patient dignity, environment, education and training, etc.  Managers who are not working clinically will have difficulty in keeping on top of how these issues are actually being played out on a day-to-day basis.
Conference calls upon UK Council to work with the Job Evaluation Group to develop a national ‘Profile’ for Clinical Governance Lead in Radiology.
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 34

Subject: Restoring Parity in National Terms and Conditions
It is becoming increasingly apparent that National terms and conditions are becoming regionalised, with different conditions affecting England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.  This is demonstrated by the recent changes that have reduced the terms of AfC only being applicable to England.
Conference calls on UK Council to lobby NHS employers to remove these changes which reduce terms and conditions to employees in England.
LONDON REGION
Delete ‘and to restore parity with the rest of the UK’
Amendment submitted by Welsh CounciL
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 35

Subject: Mileage Rates for On-call
Conference is disappointed to note that the Staff Side Council has agreed to the Reserve Rate of 33p per mile as an appropriate rate of reimbursement for staff who are ‘returning to work’, which apparently includes those who are working on-call.
Conference calls on UK Council to direct the SoR IR Department to lobby the NHS Staff Council to ensure that those employees who are required to return to work, work overtime, or attend work as part of an on-call arrangement, and thus incur extra travel costs over and above one return home to base journey per day, are reimbursed at the standard rate set out in Table 7 of Section 17 of the A4C T&C Handbook for those extra journeys.
WELSH COUNCIL
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 36

Subject: Provision of Job Evaluation Scheme
It has been 10 years since the implementation of Agenda for Change and some radiographers have not known anything else.  Some radiographers are working well above their current banding.
This Conference believes that there is a need for a national campaign and therefore calls on UK Council to raise awareness of the provisions of the Job Evaluation Scheme.  This will remind members and reps of the processes to be followed to ensure that if members take on additional tasks they know how to ask for a review.
EASTERN REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

HEALTH AND SAFETY

MOTION 37

Subject: Mandatory Training
There is significant variation in what is considered as mandatory training for radiographers. As the professional body for radiographers, who better to determine what should be the minimum mandatory training in order to ensure safe practice.
This Conference calls on UK Council to publish guidance on what it considers to be best practice on mandatory training in terms of content and frequency of training for SoR members.
WELSH COUNCIL
UK Council will listen to the debate

WITHDRAWN
 

MOTION 38

Subject: Manual Handling
There is an increase in obesity and bariatric patients that need to be manipulated into specific positions by radiographers on a daily basis causing physical strain on staff.
This Conference calls upon the UK Council to campaign for improving the provision and promotion of suitable manual handling tools for bariatric patients available to radiographers in the UK.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

PROFESSIONAL POLICY

MOTION 39

Subject: Assistant Practitioner Scope of Practice
As Assistant Practitioners become more established, it is to be expected that their scope of practice may be subject to change.  The SCoR document ‘Scope of Practice of Assistant Practitioners’ (2012), advises the profession on how to gain SCoR approval for the extension to an individual Assistant Practitioner’s scope of practice.  However, it seems that some APs are being ‘encouraged’ or perhaps ‘coerced’ into extending their scope of practice without following the guidance in the above document, and without seeking approval from our professional body.
This Conference calls on UK Council to publicise amongst the profession, and thus raise awareness of, the correct route to follow when a department/employer is considering extending the scope of practice of an assistant practitioner.
WELSH COUNCIL
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 40

Subject: Seven Day Working
With the evident move towards seven day working within Diagnostic Imaging departments, there appears to be little information readily available on which hospitals already offer the service and any good practice that could be instigated by others.
Conference calls upon UK Council to review and update the seven day working document and include good practice principles and guidance from Trusts that have already successfully implemented a scheme of work.
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 41

Subject: National outsourcing of Image Reporting
The use of non NHS organisations to report images is on the increase. This is privatisation of the NHS via the back door. However there is evidence available that indicates that reporting radiographers are not being used to their potential, resulting in increased costs, poorer services, with little clinical governance control.
This Conference calls on UK Council to highlight this worsening trend to Health Ministers and the RCR, to strongly denounce the practice and to recommend that radiographers are used to their full potential and hence stop waste.
WELSH COUNCIL
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 42

Subject: Safe and Accurate Imaging and Therapeutic Service Provision for Children in Adult and Children’s Hospitals Across the UK
In 2009 the Society of Radiographers developed the Practice Standards for the Imaging of Children and Young People with the intention of achieving equivalency of safe accurate imaging and therapeutic service provision for children in adult and children’s hospitals across the UK. The standards require radiographers be trained in the complexities of imaging and treating children as they progress from infancy to adulthood and that employers ensure best practice in paediatric imaging and treatment are embedded in their working practices.
The standards emphasise that adult focused departments must provide the same standards of safety and accuracy as those offered by specialist paediatric units and identify that an effective way of achieving this goal is the appointment/nomination of a paediatric lead/champion in all departments where children are imaged or treated who has a remit to provide professional and ethical leadership in all matters relating to paediatric imaging such as:

  • Reviewing the suitability of service provision, facilities and environment for children;

  • Procurement of equipment;

  • Reviewing standards against paediatric focused departments; and,

  • Forging links with paediatric imaging departments to share best practice and arrange training exchanges.

Conference calls for the SoR to:

  • Promote the effectiveness of the Practice Standards for the Imaging of Children and Young People in ensuring high quality service provision for children;

  • Encourage service managers to embed the standards when designing service provision for children in particular the appointment/nomination of  Paediatric leads/champions in every imaging and therapy department which images or treats children.

UK COUNCIL

PROFESSIONAL POLICY – HCPC

MOTION 43 (Group debate with Motion 44)

Subject: Sonographer Registration
Since the HCPC suspended progress on protecting the title ‘Ultrasonographer’ or ‘Sonographer’, the ‘landscape’ has changed. We are mindful of the work done previously and feel that now is the time to rejuvenate the campaign.
Ultrasound practitioners now encompass a range greater than those who have a registered profession. There is, therefore, a need to differentiate between those trained on a formally structured course and those ‘trained’ in situ.  With the rise in private enterprise and so many developing roles, it could be asked ‘How many Sonographers are practising un-registered?’ We applaud the SCoR’s Public Voluntary Register of Sonographers, but this needs to be extended to cover the areas of unregulated sonography staff.
Conference calls upon UK Council to work with HCPC towards defining and protecting an encompassing title to cover the field of Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound/Sonographer.
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will oppose this Motion

MOTION 44

Subject: HCPC Registration for Nuclear Medicine Technicians
It is noted that non-radiographers are employed in Nuclear Medicine as Nuclear Medicine Technologists (NMTs) performing PET/CT scans.  Radiographers have formal training followed by a registration process to ensure that a minimum level of knowledge and skills is attained, so as to protect the public against undue CT radiation exposure. It seems that NMTs are not subjected to the same stringent processes and, therefore, present a potential risk to the public.
Conference, therefore, calls upon UK Council to raise these issues with the HCPC and any other appropriate regulatory body. The aim is to ensure that NMTs performing PET/CTs or SPECT will be required to undertake standardised training followed by registration with the relevant regulatory body.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will oppose this Motion

MOTION 45

Subject: HCPC CPD Renewal Audit
No one is questioning that CPD is a requirement for all radiographers.  However, the audit process applied by the HCPC is stressful on all registrants, but especially the selected few. The fear of losing registration, and hence livelihood, however remote, does have a negative effect on radiographer practice.  Managers are morally obliged to support staff through this difficult time which often results in a reduction in productivity.  In addition, given that only 2.5 % of registrants are audited every two years, are the results truly representative of practice?
Conference calls on UK Council to request evidence from the HCPC to demonstrate that the current auditing process is an effective way of protecting the public.
WELSH COUNCIL
UK Council will oppose this Motion

MOTION 46

Subject: HCPC Registration for New Entrants
There is anecdotal evidence in this Region that the HCPC registration process for newly qualified radiographers at graduation is exceptionally long, resulting in delays in those members taking up paid employment and impacting negatively on staffing in departments.
This Conference asks UK Council to work with the HCPC to identify ways that the registration process for new graduates can be expedited.
YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 47

Subject: HCPC Audit Notifications and Informatics
The current HCPC notification system only informs those who have been selected for audit – there is no indication for those who haven’t.  The current system does not allow for letters lost in the post and notifications are not dispatched by a method that would indicate a failed delivery. There is no indication on the re-registration letter or on the HCPC website in the registrant’s personal account that registrants have been selected for audit.  Even being proactive and telephoning HCPC is not failsafe.
Conference calls upon UK Council to enter into discussion with other AHPs and together make representation to HCPC to ensure there is a more robust system for notifying those called for audit.
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will listen to the debate

PROFESSIONAL POLICY – FRANCIS REPORT

MOTION 48

Subject: Professional Resilience (Group debate with Motion 49)
Conference applauds the work of the SCoR and the Francis Report Working Group.  A key message from the Francis Report is to ‘prioritise the needs of patients’ - in order to do this requires increased focus on the wellbeing of the workforce.
Enhancing individuals’ ability to recognise the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue and developing professional resilience are valuable support tactics, alongside identifying and addressing the sources of stress, to ensure high quality services and care in radiography.
This Conference calls on UK Council to invest resources into building and enhancing professional resilience of members, accompanied by research into developing leadership practices that foster a more resilient workforce.  This will place the profession in a stronger position to deliver high quality services and care to patients and their families, by supporting practitioners.
NORTHWEST REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 49

Subject: Francis Report – Caring Culture
This Conference calls on UK Council to promote and support a caring culture in radiography in response to the Francis Report
EASTERN REGION
UK Council will support this Motion
WITHDRAWN

 

MOTION 50

Subject: Response to Francis Report
The Francis Report was published in February 2013; however it was only in December 2013 when the SoR published their report.
Conference calls upon UK Council to acknowledge that this is an unacceptable time period for members to wait for a response from their professional body regarding such an important and influential document.
Conference also asks UK Council to deliver timely guidance regarding other such future documents.
LONDON REGION
Delete ‘promptly’, add ‘timely’
Amendment submitted by Midlands Region
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 51

Subject: Safe Radiography Ratios
In view of the Francis report recommendations and the RCN’s statement regarding nurse ratios on wards, this Conference calls on UK Council to make recommendations for safe radiographer ratios in practice, particularly the potential risk to staff and patient safety associated with lone working on a shift system.
EASTERN REGION
Add ‘particularly the potential risk to staff and patient safety associated with lone working on a shift system’
Amendment submitted by Midlands Region
Replace ‘consider making’ with ‘make’
Amendment submitted by Welsh Council

UK Council will listen to the debate
WITHDRAWN

MOTION 52

Subject: Care of the Patient
The NHS Constitution states: the NHS aspires to the highest standards of excellence and professionalism – in the provision of high quality care that is safe, effective and focused on patient experience
Conference calls upon UK Council to enter into dialogue with universities to encourage the curricula to include time devoted to care of patient and/or working on the wards during training.
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

STUDENTS

MOTION 53

Subject: Unfair Working Practices
This Conference notes that during training many students within the south west are excluded from working night shifts with radiographers of the opposite gender.
Conference calls upon UK Council to work with universities and departments across the UK to ensure such restrictions are removed.
SOUTHWEST REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 54

Subject: Student Working Hours
During clinical placements, students learn by having planned periods of observation, education, reflection and work alongside their educators. They also need to recharge and reflect between learning experiences. Students are supernumerary and should not be treated as extra staff members. The expectations of their work should be commensurate with their education stage (SCoR 2010).
Student radiographers are not employed by the Trust and, therefore, supernumerary to the staff delivering the radiography service. As such, guidelines issued by the Approval and Accreditation Board (AAB) on working patterns can be established at validation events. This will ensure a planned structure to enable students to take appropriate breaks to give them time to reflect and recharge between learning experiences.
One of the key themes that keep recurring from (AAB) annual reports is the poor experience students report whilst undertaking their practice placements, many of which are related to perceived incidents of bullying. It is therefore suggested that students should have regular breaks to avoid this feeling. There should be a minimum of at least a 15 minute break every 3 hours worked and a 1 hour break during the middle of any shifts. Students should also not exceed 37.5 hours per week.
This Conference calls upon UK Council to establish guidelines for accreditation of undergraduate radiography programmes to ensure there is a policy for the hours worked and breaks taken by undergraduate students on clinical placement.
NORTHWEST REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 55

Subject: National Commissioning Process
It appears that the commissioning of student radiographer training places is being done on a local, rather than a national, level.
This Conference calls on UK Council to lobby Health Education England and the Local Education and Training Boards to consider a national commissioning process for national rather than local need.
EASTERN REGION
UK Council will listen to the debate

MOTION 56

Subject: Reimbursing Students on Placement
Some students have to travel long distances to placements or utilise accommodation.  For those who are eligible to have these costs reimbursed at a later stage there is the initial financial outlay.  There are students from several sites who are finding it a problem with covering these costs until the funds are reimbursed.  In extreme cases, some may have to consider leaving their courses.  The key issue appears to be the delay in reimbursing the costs incurred over the duration of the placement period.
Conference calls upon UK Council to enter into dialogue with universities and/or NHS Bursary to ascertain if a better scheme could be instigated to alleviate this problem, and report back to the Regions and Countries.
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will listen to the debate

MOTION 57

Subject: Work Experience
This Conference calls upon UK Council to work with education providers to ensure that all prospective students have a minimum amount of work experience days in a diagnostic or therapy department.
SOUTHWEST REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 58

Subject: Assistant Practitioner Qualification for 1st Year Student Radiographers
It is generally accepted that, in diagnostic imaging at least, assistant practitioner training mirrors the first year radiographer degree course. There would be advantages to the service if, upon completion of the first year, student radiographers are issued with the AP qualification. This would allow departments to employ them for weekend or evening work.  Also, those who are unable to complete the second or third year of the degree are not lost to the profession.
This Conference calls on UK Council to work with HEIs to develop a post first year Assistant Practitioner qualification for student radiographers.
WELSH COUNCIL
UK Council will oppose this Motion
WITHDRAWN

 

EDUCATION

MOTION 59

Subject: Investment in People
There is a recognised continued shortage of sonographers across the UK and, while funding for postgraduate training is available, too often diagnostic radiographers are being refused training opportunities due to lack of available funds to provide cover to release staff from their duties.
Conference calls on UK Council to lobby the health boards of the four countries to provide funding to pay for the radiographic cover needed to allow radiographers time out of the department for sonographer postgraduate training purposes. This would help to cut patient waiting times and improve NHS services by increasing ultrasound availability to patients.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 60

Subject: Safeguarding Radiography Education
The population in all four countries of the UK is aging and increasing rapidly, resulting in increased demand for healthcare services.  There are concerns that the number of healthcare staff in training will be insufficient going forward to meet this demand.
Conference calls upon UK Council to work with Health Education England (HEE) and the health boards in the devolved countries to ensure that there are enough training places in UK universities to support the delivery of healthcare in the UK.
YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 61

Subject: Promote Radiography
This Conference calls upon UK Council to promote radiography as a career at an earlier stage in the education process in order for younger pupils to make an informed decision before making their education choices (options).
NORTHWEST REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 62

Subject: Girls’ right to Education
Education is the single most powerful tool to end poverty and empower women and girls. The United Nations General Assembly adopted the ‘Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training’. This landmark document recognises the right of every one of the planet’s seven billion people to have access to human rights education, a lifelong process involving all ages, all parts of society and every kind of education, formal and informal. Yet across the Indian subcontinent, for example in Pakistan, in Afghanistan and in Africa supporters of universal girls’ education are being threatened, bombed and murdered. Almost unnoticed, one of the great civil rights struggles of our time is being fought in our midst and it is girls themselves who are pushing this civil rights movement forward.
Conference calls on UK Council to:

  • Voice its condemnation of the attacks on women and girls who are trying to access education;

  • Publicly support the work of individuals, such as Malala Yousafzai, and organisations, such as UNICEF, in their aim to ensure the human right of all girls to an education in a safe and protective environment.

SCOTTISH COUNCIL
Add ‘for example in Pakistan’
Amendment submitted by London Region
UK Council will support this Motion

SCOR PROFILE

MOTION 63

Subject: Public Radiographer Profiles
Rachel, the therapeutic radiographer whose profile graces the front of the SoR website, was exposed to be a fake over a year ago.  The picture of Rachel is a stock photo that is used on a wide range of products and services. The uses of this picture have been collected into a blog and subsequently published onto the popular BuzzFeed website, and include a screenshot of the SoR website and a link to this. This can have a potentially negative effect on the public image of the Society and the valuable work they undertake.
We call upon UK Council to update the profiles on the SoR website (and other necessary publications) using real radiographers to restore the integrity of the public image of the SoR while also reflecting the diversity of roles within the radiography profession today.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 64
 

Subject: Health Promotion Role of the Radiographer
The SCoR has published guidance on health promotion, but this has not been widely publicised.
This Conference calls on UK Council to promote the health promotion role of the radiographer more widely.
EASTERN REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

MOTION 65
 

Subject: Campaign for Role of Radiographer Awareness
This Conference calls upon UK Council to relaunch a campaign to educate the public, clinical and non-clinical staff at all levels about the role of a radiographer. The campaign should have a catchy name and should be aimed at highlighting the roles radiographers have in the NHS. This could be done in conjunction with other allied health professions to raise awareness of roles outside the stereotypical nursing and medical ones radiographers are frequently mistaken for.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this Motion

FINANCIAL

COMPOSITE MOTION 2
 

Subject: Assisting Members with Financial Awareness and Difficulties
Over the last few years, many members have found that their earnings have reduced significantly due to a combination of below inflation pay rises, pay cuts and relatively well paid jobs being replaced with jobs with far worse terms and conditions.  Many NHS employees are now suffering financially and struggling to get from one end of the month to another.
In these times of austerity many members are feeling the effects on their standard of living and are looking for additional ways to save money.  At the same time, the pay day loan industry has grown over the same period, and whilst it is welcomed that there is growing political opposition to pay day loan companies, this must not detract from the underlying issue.
Conference calls on UK Council to spearhead an awareness campaign through direct communications with members, to encourage members to combat financial difficulty sooner rather than later. This may include access to information around financial advice and solutions such as debt management and mortgage advice.  The SoR should seek, both locally and nationally, to identify creative solutions to help members access more affordable support and to review member benefits in light of this.
NORTHERN REGION
YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION
Replace ‘face’ with ‘combat’
Amendment submitted by Midlands Region
UK Council will support this Motion