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3.0 Strategic Drivers

The 2005-2010 research strategy3 highlighted that the majority of real and perceived barriers to research fall into two categories:
 
1. Research capacity and capability

  •  Lack of defined career pathways
  •  Staff shortages
  •  Lack of training in research skills
  •  Lack of confidence

2. Funding

  •  Insufficient funding to support a research infrastructure
  •  Lack of funding opportunities

The Society and College of Radiographers has identified five main drivers to assist managers in producing their own departmental strategies for research and to aid those in the profession who wish to be research active but are unsure of the help and support available.

3.1 To develop a research environment that supports and encourages world class research

The SCoR will support those who wish to develop their research skills and therefore their capability to undertake research by:

  • facilitating access to the required information resources
  • promoting collaboration between clinical departments and educational centres, thereby affording greater access to information resources for clinical staff and an environment for mentoring
  • promoting collaboration with other healthcare staff
  • developing a web based resource to support research
  • developing a mentoring scheme which supports and supervises those new to research
  • developing a forum for the dissemination of information on research trials and projects
  • maximising links to education programmes at universities and other related organisations where appropriate
  • raising research awareness and promoting a culture of enquiry and critical thinking
  • organising annual research events to showcase relevant research being undertaken in the field
  • continuing to provide and promote the international peer reviewed journal Radiography.

3.2 To provide and develop the best researchers and research leaders

 The SCoR will increase research capacity within the profession by:

  • supporting and encouraging lifelong learning and training
  • supporting research secondment opportunities
  • establishing defined career pathways and implementing the national job profiles for AHP Researchers4
  • promoting research leads within departments 
  • providing and encouraging career and professional development
  • encouraging the application for Fellowship by Portfolio
  • liaising with other organisations to develop new training and development resources as set out in the National Cancer Research
  • Initiative (NCRI) report Rapid Review of Radiotherapy and Associated Radiobiology5.
     

3.3 To establish clear and defined research priorities within diagnostic and therapeutic radiography

The SCoR will help radiographers and managers to focus on the main areas of research priority which are likely to create the greatest impact in practice and attract funding opportunities. These will:

  • be determined by the profession through the SCoR Research Group and be reviewed periodically to ensure they are current
  • link with objectives set by national funders
  • recognise local and regional priorities and needs.

3.4 To bring benefit to society by ensuring research is put into practice

The SCoR will support radiographers to appraise evidence and implement best practice by:

  • developing and providing examples of good practice
  • ensuring radiographers and managers who are SoR members have access to the latest SCoR publications
  • ensuring public and patient involvement in research priorities through engagement with the Public Patient Liaison Group (PPLG) established at the SCoR
  • evidencing that research has an impact on service delivery
  • encouraging interdisciplinary projects
  • encouraging and supporting publication of high quality research articles in Radiography, the profession’s peer reviewed journal.

3.5 To provide a web based resource for all radiographers

To help facilitate all the above and ensure ease of access, the SCoR will provide a web-based resource, which will include details of:

  • research training courses
  • funding and research opportunities
  • how and where to apply for research funding
  • where to access information, with the promotion of library services
  • data management and handling
  • examples of good practise
  • how and where to publish
  • relevant conferences and meetings
  • latest research publications and findings
  • database of PhD and Professional Doctorate projects.

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