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Foreword from Sheila Hassan, President

The therapeutic radiography profession has been evolving ever since the career progression framework was first described in 1999. Recent Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) surveys demonstrate this evolution continues, with our profession being jointly responsible (with our clinical oncology and medical physics colleagues) for the provision of equitable, high quality, safe and patient-centred radiotherapy services. This is alongside an increasing number and diversity of roles being implemented, especially at advanced and consultant levels of practice where therapeutic radiographers are routinely responsible for the care of their patients across the entire management pathway. Many therapeutic radiographers are now fulfilling the role of key worker for their patients, identified as critical within the recent Independent Cancer Task Force Report.  

This guidance from the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) is intended to be a vision for our profession as these roles continue to change and develop in the future in response to technical, operational and political influences. It also aims to assist radiotherapy managers in making informed decisions about their local service needs. At an early stage in its development it was established there was no evidence base for ‘one size fits all’ approach, so this document outlines the influences that radiotherapy service managers must consider when identifying their local therapeutic radiography workforce needs. It builds upon the SCoR’s Principles of safe staffing for radiography leaders guidance published in 2015, and assists managers in providing patient-centred care. 

I was privileged to be a member of the SCoR Radiotherapy Advisory Sub-Group who worked hard to understand the needs of radiotherapy services and provide this robust and useful guidance relevant to radiotherapy service managers. The group comprised of a range of therapeutic radiographers, reflecting the full range of professional practice as well as including a patient representative. A special thanks goes to all the sub-group members including SCoR Professional Officers, Sarah James and Spencer Goodman.

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