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1.0 Introduction

1.1 The Francis Report,published in February 2013, was the second and final report examining care given by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. It contains recommendations that have implications for all healthcare staff and their professional and representative organisations. Accordingly, the Council of the Society of Radiographers (SoR) and the Board of Trustees of the College of Radiographers (CoR) established a working group to examine the report and recommendations in detail. The working group was led by the (then) president of the Society of Radiographers, and membership included professional, patient/public and staff representation (see Appendix 1 for working group membership and remit).

1.2 The working group met twice, in May and October of 2013, communicating through a dedicated intranet group before, during and after its meetings. To guide its work, a template of the Francis Report’s recommendations was used. This enabled all recommendations to be considered but with particular scrutiny of those felt to be of direct or indirect relevance to the SoR/CoR and the radiography profession and workforce. The working group brought to its meetings and work a range of comments and contributions from the radiography profession generally; these were very helpful in ensuring that this response reflects the feelings and needs of the profession and wider radiography workforce.

1.3 Recommendation 1 of the Francis Report expects all organisations with roles in healthcare to respond publicly to the findings of Francis and this document forms the joint response of the Society and the College of Radiographers (SCoR). Broadly, the SCoR supports the recommendations made by Robert Francis QC, with few exceptions. Where there is support, this response identifies SCoR activity in relation to them, and where there is disagreement, the reasons are set out clearly. Our response is structured in accordance with the presentation of the recommendations of the Francis Report in a table in its Executive Summary (see pages 85 – 115 of the Executive Summary), and should be read in conjunction with the Francis Report, particularly the Executive Summary and the Table of Recommendations.

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