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    Trainee consultant and consultant radiographer survey 2018

    Date published: 21 February, 2019 Topics: Consultants, Surveys ISBN: 978-1-909802-34-6
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    Summary

    A survey of trainee consultant and consultant radiographer practitioners was carried out by the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) over the period April – November 2018. The aim was to identify scope of practice, pay banding and to explore factors associated with consultant practice. Respondents were recruited from the SCoR consultant practitioner network, facilitated via an online workspace and email updates. Ninety-seven trainee consultant and consultant radiographer practitioners responded to an online survey. The response rate to the survey was 68% of consultant network members. The document includes summary text and graphs, representing a range of trainee consultant and consultant practice in radiography.

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    Safety in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    Date published: 18 February, 2019 Topics: MRI ISBN: 978-1-909802-31-5
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    This guidance and advice document overviews safety issues in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and provides direction to radiographic staff on where appropriate information can be found.  SCoR is grateful to members of the SCoR Magnetic Resonance Advisory Group (MRAG) and the BAMRR policy board who contributed to the writing of this document.

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    The impact of IR(ME)R 2017 IR(ME)R (NI) 2018 on pregnancy checking procedures

    Date published: 5 February, 2019 Topics: Imaging, Radiation protection, Screening ISBN: 978-1-909802-35-3
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    Summary

    This guidance is supplementary to existing guidance on pregnancy checking procedures and aims to support employers to meet the requirements of IR(ME)R 2017, IR(ME)R (NI) 2018, schedule 2 1.(c).

    It is intended to support equality and good practice in diagnostic and therapeutic radiography and to protect the sensitive and compassionate relationship between radiographers and the individuals under their care during an ionising radiation exposure.

    Reference information: Society and College of Radiographers. [2019]. The impact of IR(ME)R 2017 IR(ME)R (NI) 2018 on pregnancy checking procedures Available at https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library

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    The recording of images and clinical discussions by patients during diagnostic imaging, interventional procedures and radiotherapy treatments. Second edition.

    Date published: 1 February, 2019 Topics: Imaging, Radiotherapy, Ultrasound ISBN: 978-1-909802-33-9
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    Summary

    The Society of Radiographers is aware of an increasing number of requests by patients (and/or those persons accompanying them) to record their diagnostic imaging investigation, clinical discussion or treatment using mobile phones and other devices.

    This document gives advice on the issues involved and links to national guidance published by organisations such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). It also refers to the 2018 General Data Protection Regulation and previously published advice from NHS Protect (England).

    Reference information: Society and College of Radiographers (2019). The recording of images and clinical discussions by patients during diagnostic imaging, interventional procedures and radiotherapy treatments. Second edition. Available at: https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library [Accessed 1st February 2019].

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    NHS obstetric ultrasound examinations. Guidance on sale of images, fetal sexing, commercial considerations and requests to record. Third edition.

    Date published: 1 February, 2019 Topics: Imaging, Managers, Ultrasound ISBN: 978-1-909802-32-2
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    Summary

    The Society of Radiographers (SoR) is aware that prospective parents welcome the opportunity to obtain images of their developing baby and to be able to share these with their family and friends. Parents will also often ask the sonographer to reveal what the fetal sex is.

    The SoR is also conscious that the time allowed to perform an ultrasound scan for diagnostic or screening purposes under NHS provision is limited. Adding non-essential services to the ultrasound scan increases the time required which can in turn have an impact on other patients with pressing clinical needs. It can also conflict with the purpose of the examination which, under NHS funded provision, will be performed for a specific clinical reason, or as part of a national screening programme for fetal abnormality. There can also be major distractions caused to the sonographer in a highly litigious area of practice at a time when very high levels of concentration are required.

    This guidance relates solely to NHS commissioned ultrasound examinations performed for screening or diagnostic purposes as part of a national screening programme for fetal abnormality; or other scans performed for diagnostic or monitoring purposes that are funded as part of overall NHS maternity provision and are thus free to the mother. It does not extend to ultrasound examinations performed where a scan has been requested by the mother and is outside normal NHS provision.

    Reference information: Society and College of Radiographers (2019). NHS obstetric ultrasound examinations. Guidance on sale of images, fetal sexing, commercial considerations and requests to record (Third edition). Available at: https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library [Accessed 1st February 2019].

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    Principles for continuing professional development and lifelong learning in health and social care

    Date published: 15 January, 2019 Topics: CPD, Educators, HCPC, Learning, Managers, Practice educators, Professionalism, Reps, Students
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    Summary

    Continuing professional development (CPD) and lifelong learning are necessary for the development of everyone who works in health and social care and for the experience of service users.

    CPD and lifelong learning support a workforce that is capable of designing, delivering, evaluating and improving high-quality care and services.

    The principles set out in this document should be applied across the health and social care workforce in all sectors, to support CPD and lifelong learning. Registered health and social care professionals also have a responsibility to meet the standards of their regulatory or professional body.

    Reference information: Broughton W and Harris G (2019) (Eds) on behalf of the interprofessional CPD and Lifelong Learning UK Working Group. Principles for Continuing Professional Development and Lifelong Learning in Health and Social Care. Bridgwater: College of Paramedics.

  • The radiological investigation of suspected physical abuse in children

    Date published: 11 December, 2018 Topics: Children
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    Summary

    A new version of the radiological investigation of suspected physical abuse in children was published in September 2017. 

    In 2018 the Royal College of Radiologists consulted on post-publication revisions proposed to recommendations 4, 15, 18, and 44 in light of new evidence brought to the attention of the working party. The revisions took place following member and public consultation in 2018.

    Appendix D ‘Exemplar skeletal survey competence form’, of the original document was removed as a result of the revisions to recommendation 15.

    The changes are detailed on page 2 of the new document. SoR members are particularly directed to look at the changes in recommendation 15 which further clarifies the education and training required for radiographers undertaking suspected physical abuse skeletal surveys, and recommendation 18 which provides additional information about the suitability of the professional accompanying the child. 

    Members are reminded that professional guidance is something that clinicians are required to consider as part of their professional practice. The aim of these recommendations is to improve the quality of the experience for families involved as well as reducing the variation in practice that has evolved.

    Adoption of these recommendations is endorsed by the professional bodies involved as being in the best interests of the families and children being investigated. 

    Further queries about this document may be directed to Sue Johnson or Jacquie Vallis who were members of the working party.

    Log of the revisions in the latest version of the document.

  • Guidelines for professional ultrasound practice

    Date published: 4 December, 2018 Topics: Advanced practitioners, Consultants, Imaging, Managers, Ultrasound ISBN: 978-1-909802-30-8
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    Summary

    This document is as a result of collaboration between the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) and the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS). Originally published in December 2015 it is reviewed every year to maintain currency.

    This is ‘Revision 3’ and is dated December 2018.

    These Guidelines are not designed to be prescriptive but to inform good ultrasound practice. They are a further development of the former United Kingdom Association of Sonographers (UKAS) Guidelines.

    They provide a valuable source of information for many ultrasound related topics with active weblinks to relevant organisations and further advice and guidance.

  • Practical Tips for Delivering Difficult News in Obstetric Ultrasound

    Date published: 15 November, 2018 Topics: Advanced practitioners, Consultants, Imaging, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Reporting, Screening, Ultrasound
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    Summary

    Authored by Lorraine Walsh and endorsed by the Society of Radiographers as well as the Miscarriage Association and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, the poster provides practical tips and guidance for delivering difficult news in obstetric ultrasound.

    The advice includes guidance on how to prepare before, what to do during, and how to act after the examination.

    The poster’s recommendations include ensuring privacy and reducing the risk of interruptions, staying honest with patients, and not giving false reassurance.

    Professionals should summarise to ensure the patient understands what they have been told and what will happen next.

  • Radiotherapy Radiographic Workforce Census 2017

    Date published: 12 November, 2018 Topics: Managers, Radiotherapy, Trade Union & IR ISBN: 978-1-909802-27-8
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    Summary

    In November 2017, the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) carried out a census of the radiotherapy radiographic workforce in the UK. The objectives were to establish the size, structure, nature and vacancy rate of the workforce in order to inform workforce planning. Sixty-five providers of radiotherapy responded to an online questionnaire. This document presents an analysis of the census results and compares them to similar censuses carried out annually from 2010 to 2016.

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