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4.0 Fundamental standards of behaviour (Recommendations 9 – 12)

4.1 These recommendations are supported.

  • We are developing a series of short publications entitled ‘the role of the radiographer...’ (examples include ‘in cancer care’ and ‘in management of stroke’). These are aimed at informing the public of what they are likely to experience and the role of the radiographer in delivering high quality clinical imaging examinations and radiotherapy.
  • Relative to our Code of Professional Conduct,2 we are building linked resources that illustrate effective management of taxing care situations and high quality care.
  • We have commissioned some continuing education e-learning resources related to providing high quality care. The first of these, Image Interpretation of the Paediatric Skeleton: Child Development - Relevance to Imaging Children, is already available, and the remainder will be completed in the first six months of 2014; working titles are ‘dignity’, ‘caring for patients with dementia’, ‘caring for patients with learning disabilities’, and ‘caring for the very elderly’.
  • We work with  a range of voluntary sector organisations in a wide variety of ways to improve care and resources for patients, for example, with Cancer Research UK, Macmillan Cancer Support, Prostate Cancer UK, Mencap, Mind, Alzheimer’s Society, National Osteoporosis Society, etc.
  • We are making a submission to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for accreditation relative to specific professional guidance we develop. We expect to submit our handbook, setting out our processes and procedures in April 2014, with two guidance documents that address skin care for patients undergoing radical external beam megavoltage radiotherapy, and managing patients with dementia undergoing radiotherapy or clinical imaging examinations. 
  • In 2014, we are revising and updating our Professional Standards for Independent Practitioners6 and will ensure that this reflects the expectations of safe, high quality and compassionate care.

 

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