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14.2. Links and Resources for Researchers

Introduction

The objects for which the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) is established include: 
“To promote study and research work in radiography and radiotherapeutic technology and allied subjects and to publish the results of all such study and research.”
Evidence-based practice in health care means that all clinical decisions made should be based on research studies and that these research studies are selected and interpreted according to some specific norms characteristic for evidence-based practice.   In radiography, it is about understanding and being involved in both using and determining what is best practice so that the highest quality service can be delivered. Radiographers need to gather accurate information or evidence to support their professional practice

SCoR links:

Website page for Researchers
https://www.sor.org/career-progression/researchers

Research group
Constituted in 2002, the aim of the Research Group is to help the SCoR fulfil its objectives, by encouraging all radiographers to use research in their practice and to promote radiography’s unique knowledge base.
https://www.sor.org/career-progression/researchers/research-group

National Researcher Profiles
The DH researcher profiles are for all AHPs to achieve uniformity and parity across the roles. Bands range from 6 to 8d
https://www.sor.org/career-progression/researchers/moving

Research help
Information on research support and relevant articles can be found at:
https://www.sor.org/career-progression/researchers/undertaking-research
https://www.sor.org/career-progression/researchers/getting-started
https://www.sor.org/career-progression/researchers/moving

Funding sources
Details of SCoR funding support for research can be found at
https://www.sor.org/about-us/awards/corips-research-awards

Policy and Guidance Document Library https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library contains a variety of relevant documents, the most relevant of which are:

SCoR Research Strategy and Research Priorities
The Society and College of Radiographers’ (SCoR) third Strategy for Research continues the work of previous editions. This recognises the important link between research and clinical practice, ensuring an evidence-based culture for the radiographic profession. SCoR has determined strategic drivers and a five year plan for the profession to help managers produce their own departmental strategies for research and to aid those in the profession who wish to be research active but are unsure of the help and support available.
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/research-and-radiography-profession-strategy-research-2010-2015
https://www.sor.org/system/files/section/201109/SCoR_research_priorities.pdf#overlay-context=career-progression/researchers

Research Radiographers’ starter pack
The purpose of this pack is to provide a useful aid and support mechanism for radiographers starting out in research. The pack has been compiled by a group of experienced research radiographers and focuses on areas fundamental to development. It offers advice on appropriate training and education needs, highlights the importance of the legal requirements required to participate in research and suggests ways of accessing further information.
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/acorrnscor-research-radiographer-starter-pack-therapeutic-and-diagnostic-radiographers

Code of Conduct and Ethics
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/code-conduct-and-ethics

The Scope of Practice 2009
https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library/scope-practice-2009

Other links:

The Allied Health Professions Research Network (AHPRN) also aims to increase research capability and capacity by providing research support. The network is currently formed by 21 regional 'hubs' which offer researchers assistance by way of peer review, mentorship schemes, sharing good practice, disseminating information and offering advice. http://www.ahpf.org.uk/RFAHP.htm

Department of Health (England)
http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/index.htm

Health in Wales
http://www.wales.nhs.uk/

NHS Scotland
http://www.show.scot.nhs.uk/

Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland
http://www.hscni.net/

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
Includes information about health research and development, funding streams such as RfPB, calls for proposals and Fellowships, the processes required for gaining ethics approvals and the facilities and research networks provided by the NHS.
 http://www.nihr.ac.uk/

NHS Evidence
Provides free access to clinical and non-clinical information:local, regional, national and international. Information includes evidence, guidance and Government policy.
http://www.evidence.nhs.uk/

The Medical Research Council (MRC)
Their mission is to promote research into all areas of medical and related science with the aims of improving the health and quality of life of the UK public.
http://www.mrc.ac.uk/index.htm

Research Councils UK (RCUK)
A strategic partnership of the UK's seven Research Councils. 
http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

UK Clinical Research Collaboration (UKCRC)
Brings together the major stakeholders that influence clinical research in the UK and particularly in the NHS.
http://www.ukcrc.org/

National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI)
A partnership of the major cancer research funding bodies from the Government, charity and private sectors. Its purpose is to accelerate and advance cancer research for the benefit of patients and the UK cancer research community.
http://www.ncri.org.uk/

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)
Working with clinical bodies, NICE systematically appraises health interventions before they are introduced into the Health Service. It offers clinicians clear guidelines on which treatments work best for patients and which do not.
http://www.nice.org.uk/

INVOLVE
Aims to ensure improvement in  public involvement in Research and Development in the NHS, public health and social care. The way that decisions are made about what should be a priority for research; the way that research is commissioned, chosen and funded 
http://www.invo.org.uk/

The Academic Clinical Oncology and Radiobiology Research Network (ACORRN)
Its aim is to develop radiotherapy research in the UK by networking and supporting individuals and groups, developing an integrated UK strategy and infrastructure to support. 

http://www.actionradiotherapy.org/

(All links accessed Nov 2012)

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