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    Radiotherapy Radiographic Workforce UK Census 2019

    Date published: 15 June, 2020 Topics: Managers, Radiotherapy ISBN: 978-1-909802-57-5
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    Summary

    In November 2019, the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) carried out an annual census of the radiotherapy radiographic workforce in the UK.

    The objectives were to establish the size, structure, nature and vacancy rate of the workforce in order to inform workforce planning. This document presents an analysis of the census results and compares them to similar censuses carried out annually from 2010 to 2018.

    As in previous years we would like to express our sincere thanks to the Radiotherapy Service Mangers for their ongoing support in enabling data collection.

    View a spreadsheet providing details of the figures underpinning the report, and view the survey carried out to inform the final document.

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    Guidance for Imaging and Radiotherapy services during the Covid-19 pandemic: Use of face coverings for patients, clients and carers

    Date published: 26 May, 2020 ISBN: 978-1-909802-56-8
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    Summary

    This guidance is for imaging and radiotherapy services to help promote good practice when social distancing cannot be managed. It is offered to members to support the development of local policy.

    The use of face coverings in such situations is aimed at reducing the spread of Covid-19 between patients or clients and their carers, as staff will be wearing PPE as appropriate. There is evidence that cloth coverings can decrease the amount of virus passing from the wearer by as much as 99%.

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    Caring for People with Dementia: a clinical practice guideline for the radiography workforce

    Date published: 20 May, 2020 ISBN: 978-1-909802-50-6
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    Summary

    Caring for people with Dementia: a clinical practice guideline for the radiography workforce (imaging and radiotherapy) is a comprehensive and evidence-based document. It has a set of recommendations for the whole radiographic workforce caring for people with dementia and carers when undergoing imaging and/or radiotherapy. It has been developed systematically using the best available evidence from research and expert opinion, including service users, and subjected to peer professional, lay and external review. 

    The guideline has recommendations for good practice for individual members of the radiographic workforce, service managers, academic institutions and the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR).

    As a whole, this guideline acts to highlight to practitioners that to offer the best service and healthcare outcomes for people with dementia and carers, care must be tailored to the needs of the invidual. 

    There have been minor changes to the language used in this second edition, which emphasises the ability of and need for people with dementia to continue to live well with a good quality of meaningful life.

    Summary for person-centered dementia care

    The Society and College of Radiographers. Caring for people with Dementia: a clinical practice guideline for the radiography workforce (imaging and radiotherapy) (2020) 2nd edition. London: SCoR.

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    Performing CT colonography in the early recovery phase of Covid-19 pandemic

    Date published: 14 May, 2020 Topics: CT
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    Summary

    Jointly created by the British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (BSGAR) and the SoR, the document provides advice on carrying out CTC and maintaining safe systems of work. This is a practical document to support staff in delivering a safe CTC service to patients as we move into the endemic phase of Covid-19.

    It should be considered in conjunction with local policies and procedures and interpreted for local use. Departments should develop their own systems of work in liaison with relevant professional groups, notably local infectious disease and virology teams and pharmacy leads.

    These guidelines should be implemented in conjunction with the updated 2020 BSGAR CTC Standards and the SoR National Best Practice Guidelines for the CT Colonography Service.

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    Diagnostic Radiography Workforce UK Census 2019

    Date published: 11 May, 2020 Topics: Chest, CT, Imaging, Managers, MRI, PET, Surveys, Ultrasound, X-ray ISBN: 978-1-909802-41-4
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    Summary

    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 2019 census continues to show some high vacancy rates, particularly in England

    At the time of writing, we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This unprecedented crisis has reinforced the need for an adequately resourced, trained, flexible and responsive radiography workforce.

    As we continue to meet the challenges and consequences for imaging services during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, it is undoubtedly an opportunity for the profession to influence governments. We urge service leaders to work with key stakeholders in regional networks to develop clear plans to support the growth of the workforce to meet the population’s needs at the local level. 

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    Screening restart: Guidance for safe service provision during Covid-19 pandemic and post pandemic phase

    Date published: 6 May, 2020 Topics: Screening ISBN: 978-1-909802-53-7
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    Summary

    The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR), in collaboration with the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), has produced this joint guidance to support the restarting of screening services involving imaging during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document offers guidance to members and providers. It supports ‘paused’ or ‘stopped’ services to recommence safely, protecting staff and clients.

    The guidance within this document is to inform local policy decisions with regard to the delivering of screening services, to ensure that providers meet government recommendations, while still providing client-centred care within the challenging environments of the COVID-19 pandemic and post pandemic (endemic) stage. All staff should work to the same local policy, to provide a consistent service to clients.

  • Radiation Dermatitis Guidelines for Radiotherapy Healthcare Professionals

    Date published: 5 May, 2020 Topics: Radiotherapy ISBN: 978-1-909802-49-0
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    Summary

    Skin reactions from external beam radiotherapy are a common side effect of treatment and may cause distress to some patients; a skin reaction may also be a factor that can limit radiation dose and treatment schedules.It has been widely acknowledged that despite the publication of a number of best practice guidelines for skin care, radiotherapy departmental practice with respect to the prevention and management of acute radiotherapy and skin toxicity has been slow to change. A wide variety of methods and topical applications are still utilised at a local level, often with very little or no evidence base.

    Hence, the purpose of this current review was to determine if new research evidence had emerged that could improve skin care practices in radiotherapy.

    This systematic review aimed to assess the effectiveness of interventions and practices that may prevent, reduce (or alter) radiation induced skin reactions (RISRs) in patients undergoing external beam radiotherapy for cancer, with an emphasis on research published since November 2014.

    Radiotherapy Skin Reactions Information for Patients A5 leaflet (for professional print only) 

    Radiotherapy Skin Reactions Information for Radiotherapy Healthcare Professionals A5 leaflet (for professional print only)

    Radiotherapy Skin Reactions Information for Patients A4 leaflet (standard print)

    Radiotherapy Skin Reactions Information for Radiotherapy Healthcare Professionals A4 leaflet (standard print)

    Radiotherapy Skin Reactions Information for Patients A4 leaftet fold (professional print) 

    Radiotherapy Skin Reactions Information for Patients A4 leaftet fold (standard print)

  • Covid-19: ‘Can I work on a diagnostic CT scanner as a therapeutic radiographer?’

    Date published: 29 April, 2020 Topics: CT ISBN: 978-1-909802-52-0
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    Summary

    The Society and College of Radiographers has received requests from members about the need for clarification on whether a therapeutic radiographer who uses CT as part of radiotherapy planning for cancer patients, can then also use a diagnostic CT scanner to image non-cancer patients with the aim to diagnose other conditions.

    SCoR does not advocate this change in or transfer of skills for any therapeutic radiographer to ‘effectively’ work as a diagnostic radiographer.

  • Obstetric ultrasound examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Date published: 27 April, 2020 Topics: Ultrasound ISBN: 978-1-909802-51-3
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    Summary

    The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR), in collaboration with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS), has produced this joint statement on the recording of ultrasound examinations and the use of private ultrasound providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, to offer guidance to members, providers and service users.

    Guidance supports local policy decisions in ultrasound departments and private practice, to ensure that government recommendations are met, while still providing woman-centred care with all staff working to the same local policy, to provide a consistent service to women.

  • Ultrasound Transducer Decontamination – Best Practice Summary

    Date published: 23 March, 2020 Topics: Ultrasound
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    Summary

    This best practice summary has been developed from the national and international guidelines and articles published over the last 5 years. It is intended to provide users of ultrasound with the information and general principles required to promote, ensure and evidence effective and safe decontamination of ultrasound machines and transducers.

    This summary is primarily related to transducer and ultrasound machine decontamination. Whilst this is important, it is not the only consideration in the overall protection of patients from infection. Consideration should also be given to all equipment and consumables, but this sits outside the remit of this summary.

    All hyperlinks were correct and active at the time of publication. When using the hyperlinks, if you are aware that any are no longer working then we would welcome notification via emal. Thanks

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