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  • Proton Beam Therapy - Guidance

    Date published: 11 November, 2018 Topics: Managers, Proton Therapy, Radiotherapy ISBN: 978-1-909802-28-5
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    Summary

    An overview of the educational and professional requirements for effective delivery of proton beam therapy services.

    Acknowledgements
    With thanks to:
    Laura Allington - Operational Lead for Proton Beam Therapy, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    Hazel Pennington – Lead Operational Radiographer for Protons, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust
    for updating the original interim guidance and to members of the Radiotherapy Advisory Group for additional review.

  • Student and recently qualified radiographers survey 2017

    Date published: 6 November, 2018 Topics: Educators, Imaging, Managers, Radiotherapy, Students ISBN: 978-1-909802-26-1
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    Summary

    In October and November 2017, the Society and College of Radiographers surveyed current radiography students and recently qualified radiographers in the UK to gather information about their motivations, finances and experiences.

    Over 800 respondents answered a range of questions in an online questionnaire about the reasons they chose radiography, their student debt and their experiences in their first job. This document presents an analysis of this survey.

    Questionnaire

  • Diagnostic Radiography UK Workforce Report 2017

    Date published: 18 October, 2018 Topics: Advanced practitioners, Assistant practitioners, Consultants, Government & NHS, Imaging, Managers, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales ISBN: 978-1-909802-25-4
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    Each year the Society and College of Radiographers undertakes a UK-wide diagnostic radiography workforce census to gain intelligence about the clinical imaging radiography workforce.

    The census is circulated to all UK Clinical Imaging Managers and asks for information about both the registered diagnostic radiographers and the support workforce. This report contains data on the census date of 1 November 2017.

    Questionnaire

    Census data

  • Values-based Practice in Diagnostic & Therapeutic Radiography: A Training Template

    Date published: 3 October, 2018 ISBN: 978-1-909802-23-0
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    Summary

    This Handbook is based on the original document, Values-based Practice in Clinical Care, developed by the surgical care team of the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice in Health and Social Care; with the support of a wide range of colleagues, patients and Collaborating Centre Partners.

    Training in the skills for values-based practice (VBP) has been widely adopted in primary care with counterpart initiatives in related areas such as values-based commissioning. The aim of this Handbook is to support extension of VBP to secondary and tertiary care.

    This Handbook is an extension of the initial work, to encompass diagnostic and therapeutic radiography, providing profession-specific materials that can be used for VBP training. It is aimed at the education of radiographers in the application of VBP, so that they can engage in shared evidence-based decision-making with their patients, using dialogue about values. 

    The Handbook is edited by Dr Ruth Strudwick and the Association of Radiography Educators in collaboration with the College of Radiographers and the Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice in Health and Social Care.

    Citation information: The Association of Radiography Educators, The College of Radiographers and The Collaborating Centre for Values-based Practice in Health and Social Care (2018). Values-based Practice in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Radiography: A Training Template [online] [Date accessed]. Available from: https://www.sor.org/sites/default/files/document-versions/2018.10.03_rad...

    Document review date: October 2020

  • Good practice guide for paediatric radiotherapy - Second Edition

    Date published: 25 September, 2018 Topics: Children, Radiotherapy

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    Summary

    The second edition of the “Good Practice Guide for Paediatric Radiotherapy“ was created by clinical experts from The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), the Society and College of Radiographers, and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, as well as the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group, which represents childhood cancer experts from across the UK. 



    The comprehensive, easy-to-read document is intended for all UK healthcare workers and service managers involved in paediatric radiotherapy and updates the first good practice guide, which was published in 2012.



    The new version takes account of the more widespread adoption of intensity-modulated radiotherapy and image-guided radiotherapy, as well as the development of NHS proton beam radiotherapy services. It also factors in new Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations which came into force in February 2018, as well as RCR recommendations for the peer review of tumour contouring ahead of treatment.

  • Multiparametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging (mpMRI): Prostate Imaging Guidance Document 1.5 Tesla

    Date published: 17 September, 2018 Topics: Imaging, MRI
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    Prostate Cancer UK and the SoR have produced a base set of protocols for mpMRI, an imaging technique that allows 25 per cent of men with suspected prostate cancer to avoid an invasive biopsy procedure.

    Multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging (mpMRI) is now widely recognised as the frontline method of diagnosing prostate cancer, but for mpMRI to be effective, the images captured need to be of very high quality for accurate, unambiguous interpretation. NICE guidelines recommend that mpMRI be conducted before biopsy.

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  • Patient Public and Practitioner Partnerships within Imaging and Radiotherapy: Guiding Principles

    Date published: 14 September, 2018 Topics: CT, Imaging, MRI, Radiotherapy, Ultrasound, X-ray ISBN: 978-1-909802-23-0
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    Summary

    This document is divided into four sections, each related to key areas of radiography practice: Service Delivery; Service Development; Education; and Research. Within each section are a set of core values which are expanded upon using authentic patient stories to illustrate the impact such values have on patients, carers and the public. These stories have been garnered from a number of sources including: statements from patient members of the PPPP task and finish group, quotes from research participants, and stories from CareOpinion.org.uk. It also includes examples of good practice and guidance which can be used by a range of stakeholders wanting to develop PPPP within their own areas of work.

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  • The Role of the Radiographer in DXA and Osteoporosis Services

    Date published: 14 September, 2018 Topics: X-ray ISBN: 978-1-909802-22-3

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    Summary

    The purpose of this document is to promote the expert skills of the radiographer working in DXA and illustrate their role within osteoporosis services. Relevant to commissioners and service managers, it considers service quality, including the key skills, knowledge and behaviour (personal attributes and conduct) required to work in DXA and as part of a wider osteoporosis service. It provides assurance to patients and service users of the professional standards the College of Radiographers (CoR) considers essential for radiographers involved in the delivery of high quality specialised fracture prevention, detection and ongoing care.

    Appendix 2

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  • Approval and Accreditation Board; Annual Report 2016-17

    Date published: 18 July, 2018 Topics: Education accreditation, Educators

    Summary

    The academic year 2016-17 has been a particularly busy year for both Higher Education Institutions and the Approval and Accreditation Board, AAB, with a considerable number of influential developments within the field of radiography education for both therapeutic radiography and diagnostic radiography. Alongside a considerable number of external factors that have impacted on health education, the Approval and Accreditation Board has worked to ensure that there is a high standard of consistency of review of programmes that lead to eligibility to apply for professional registration as a radiographer, and for individual learning modules, CPD courses and short education courses.

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  • National Best Practice Guidelines for the CT Colonography Service

    Date published: 4 May, 2018 Topics: CT ISBN: # 978-1-909802-21-6

    Summary

    The CT Colonography Radiographer Education Development Group (CTC REDG) was set up in 2015 to review and develop guidelines for CTC practice. Membership of this group includes experienced CTC radiographers who are involved in the delivery of short courses and credit-bearing postgraduate awards to support the development of CTC services. Delivering these successful programmes of study has highlighted the wide variation in current CTC practice across the UK, and this has provided the momentum to explore what constitutes best practice in all aspects of CTC service delivery.

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