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Section 4: Relationships with Other Health Care Staff

4.1 You must practise collaboratively and communicate effectively with other healthcare staff, putting patients at the centre of your work, and recognising and respecting the contributions of all members of the multidisciplinary team.

Working collaboratively in partnership with other health care staff means that you should be aware of the expertise of others in the MDT and be able to communicate with them as peers in an honest, respectful and effective manner. However, if you have concerns about the quality of care or treatment being given by others, you should challenge those individuals.

Resources and Links

Team working in clinical imaging 2012 (SCoR and RCR)
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/team-working-clinical-imaging

Towards safer radiotherapy 2008
https://www.rcr.ac.uk/sites/default/files/publication/Towards_saferRT_final.pdf

 

4.2 You must report any concerns you have about malpractice or patient safety to your manager or other, senior professional, ensuring that you follow up such a report where appropriate.

If you believe that patients are being put at risk by the malpractice of another member of the workforce, you have a duty to report your concerns using local systems for whistle-blowing.

Resources and Links

Education and Career Framework for the Radiography Workforce 2013
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/education-and-career-framework-radiography-workforce

Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1998/23/contents

The Public Interest Disclosure (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/nisi/1998/1763/contents/made

Report of the Inquiry into Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust (Francis Report) 2013
http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/hc1213/hc09/0947/0947.pdf
http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/hc1213/hc08/0898/0898_i.pdf
http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/hc1213/hc08/0898/0898_ii.pdf

http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/hc1213/hc08/0898/0898_iii.pdf

Care Quality Commission Standards (England)
http://www.cqc.org.uk/

Whistleblowing links:
http://www.nhsemployers.org/your-workforce/retain-and-improve/raising-concerns-at-work-whistleblowing

https://www.sor.org/news/scor-pledges-support-staff-who-speak-out

http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/20131107_100495_v5_00_whistleblowing_guidance_for_providers_registered_with_cqc.pdf…

 

4.3 You should accept requests for clinical imaging or treatment from named, registered healthcare professionals if they have been entitled to act in the capacity of referrer within IR(ME)R 2000 and its subsequent amendments.

Such requests must be justified.

Resources and Links

Clinical Imaging Requests from Non-Medically Qualified Professionals 2008
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/clinical-imaging-requests-non-medically-qualified-professionals

IR(ME)R 2000 and IR(ME) Amendment Regulations 2006 & 2011 2012
http://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/irmer-2000-and-irme-amendment-regulations-2006-2011

Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000
http://www.opsi.gov.uk/sr/sr2000/20000194.htm

Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2010 http://www.opsi.gov.uk/sr/sr2010/plain/nisr_20100029_en_1
https://www.sor.org/practice/radiation-protection

 

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