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Appendix 2: Patient Safety and the Society of Radiographers and the College of Radiographers:

Recommendation 201 of the Francis Report

Introduction

The Society of Radiographers (SoR) was established in 1920 to represent the profession of radiography and the interests of its members. Since then, it has developed structurally to ensure effective delivery of its Objects, establishing the College of Radiographers (CoR) as an independent, wholly owned subsidiary company in 1976.  Objects of the SoR and the CoR are held in common, with the SoR holding two additional Objects. 

The SoR is a professional body and a certified trade union, affiliated to the Trades Union Congress. The College of Radiographers is a charity registered in England, Wales and Scotland. Professional body functions are carried out by the SoR and CoR jointly (SCoR) and trade union work by the SoR. There is a joint strategic planning cycle, complementary strategic plans and a jointly appointed Chief Executive Officer to oversee the competent discharge of the organisation’s activities. The elected Council of the SoR determines the policy and strategic objectives of the SoR and the appointed Board of Trustees of the CoR sets policy and strategic objectives for the CoR. 

Membership of the SoR

Membership of the Society of Radiographers confers both benefits and obligations. Benefits include collective and individual representation on employment matters; personal professional indemnity insurance; guidance and advice related to professional practice, education, health and safety, and employment; regular news, professional practice and research publications; and access to a team of lay and paid officers and staff for specific advice and guidance. Obligations include the requirement to comply with the Code of Professional Conduct,2 and to practice in accordance with the Scope of Practice,3 both of which are reviewed and updated regularly. 

Patient safety and compassionate care

The SCoR is pro-active in ensuring that members are able to deliver compassionate and safe care through promoting high standards of practice, excellent initial and continuing education, and research. Additionally, the SoR works to secure safe and just work places, fair remuneration and conditions of employment, and strong collective engagement of members on both professional and industrial matters. Members are able, therefore, to do what is right and ‘the right thing’ for patients. 

In conjunction with the Royal College of Radiologists, the CoR sets the comprehensive standard for the delivery of clinical imaging services in the UK and services may seek accreditation by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service. Radiotherapy services are covered by the ISO 9001 quality management standard.

Patient safety concerns

Concerns about patient safety arise from SoR members and, less frequently, from members of the public. The organisation deals with these concerns regularly. Members raising concerns are provided with advice, guidance and support to address and resolve the issue, and the matter is logged against his or her record. Members of the public are also given advice appropriate to their concern. Occasionally, further action may be required. This is managed and overseen by senior staff of the organisation in accordance with long established policy.

Conclusion

The SoR and CoR confirm that they are able to deal effectively and properly with matters of public and patient safety drawn to their attention by SoR members or by the public, having reflected on the matter at some length following the publication of the second Francis Report.

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