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  • Obtaining consent: a clinical guideline for the diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy workforce

    Date published: 17 January, 2018 Topics: Children, Health & safety, People ISBN: 978-1-909802-18-6
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    Summary

    Seeking patient consent prior to undertaking an examination or treatment procedure is not only a fundamental, ethical and legal requirement of all healthcare practitioners, it is also a common courtesy as part of the process of creating a relationship of trust between healthcare practitioners and the patient or service user. When carrying out any procedure, the healthcare practitioner is ultimately responsible for ensuring that the patient or service user is genuinely consenting to the procedure being undertaken; it is they who will be held responsible in law if this is later challenged.

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    Obtaining consent A4 poster.

    Obtaining consent leaflet.

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  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Equipment, Operations and Planning in the NHS

    Date published: 9 October, 2017 Topics: MRI
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  • Have you paused and checked? IR(ME)R Referrers

    Date published: 3 July, 2017 Topics: Radiation protection

    Summary

    ‘Have you paused and checked?’ posters and prompt cards have been published to serve as a handy reminder for referring a patient for a diagnostic imaging examination.

    The posters are designed in a PDF format to allow for easy downloading and printing. They can then be displayed in the department as required.

    There are A4 and A3 sizes available and also an A6 version that is small enough to be placed close to a machine or work station.

    The IR(ME)R referrers checklist guidance covers checks for the Patient, Anatomy, User, System & Settings, and the End of an examination.

    You can download the materials using the links below.

  • Diagnostic Radiography: A Survey of the Scope of Radiographic Practice 2015

    Date published: 31 May, 2017 Topics: Imaging ISBN: 978-1-909802-17-9

    Summary

    The Scope of Practice Survey 2015 was conducted by the Society and College of Radiographers to garner information in order to update the Scope of Radiographic Practice Survey 2012 Report. The aim was to identify any practice developments over the past four years and to quantify the scope of current practice. In order to gain a more comprehensive insight into the broader spectrum of clinical imaging, some additional survey questions were included. Seventy-five diagnostic imaging department service managers across the UK responded to an online questionnaire (which equated to 71 providers). The results indicate that the scope of practice for the diagnostic radiographic workforce continues to develop. 

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  • Census of the Radiotherapy Radiographic Workforce in the UK, 2016

    Date published: 3 May, 2017 Topics: Managers, Radiotherapy, Surveys ISBN: 978-1-909802-16-2

    Summary

    This report has been produced by the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR). It is intended to update the UK national radiotherapy workforce annual surveys from 2010 to 2015. This report provides a summary of the UK radiotherapy radiographic workforce in the National Health Service (NHS) and private/independent healthcare sector. It is deemed to be of interest to the NHS England Radiotherapy Clinical Reference Group and similar groups in the other UK countries, the Radiotherapy Board, NHS Digital, Health Education England, Local Education and Training Boards, the Migration Advisory Committee and commissioners and providers of radiotherapy.

  • The Role of the Radiographer in Computed Tomography Imaging

    Date published: 10 April, 2017 Topics: CT ISBN: 978-1-909820-155

    Summary

    In line with the Society and College of Radiographers “Role of the Radiographer” promotional resources https://www.sor.org/about-radiography/promotional-resources a new document defining the Role of the Radiographer in CT has been produced. It illustrates the technological growth of CT and its pivotal position in the diagnostic pathway. It demonstrates the diverse skills, experience and personal qualities required of the radiographer in the modern and challenging CT environment.

    It is intended to be of interest to radiographers either seeking to expand their role into CT or to advance their current practice within this specialist imaging modality.

    It aims to offer support for existing leaders of CT services and to provide guidance for those seeking to commission new or additional services.

  • Consultant Radiographer - Guidance for the Support of New and Established Roles

    Date published: 28 March, 2017 Topics: Consultants ISBN: 978-1-909802-14-8

    Summary

    The Department of Health defines a Consultant Allied Health Professional (AHP) as an individual who provides clinical leadership within a specialism, bringing strategic direction, innovation and influence through practice, research and education. In radiography, although these posts were developed at a time of medical Consultant shortages, they were not designed as a replacement but to enhance service delivery by:

    • providing better outcomes for patients by improving quality and services
    • providing a new career opportunity to help retain experienced staff and recognise their clinical contribution
    • strengthening professional leadership.

    According to the Department for Health (DoH), non-medical Consultant posts consist of four core domains of practice:

    1. Expert clinical practice
    2. Professional leadership and consultancy
    3. Education, training and development
    4. Practice and service development, research and evaluation.

    The College of Radiographers, as the UK Professional Body, expects its members at Consultant Radiographer (CR) level to be in alignment with the DoH recommendations; as illustrated in the Career Framework.

    To optimise role performance, create and sustain healthy working practices and encourage retention, these senior roles require support and strategic planning.

    This guidance is based on existing documents, definitions and experience of established CRs. It is intended to be an all-encompassing document, providing clear guidance on the national requirements needed to support this role. It explores all four core domains, explains rationale for robust job descriptions and job plans, clarifies how to facilitate role development and touches on terms and conditions.

  • Have you paused and checked? Radiotherapy

    Date published: 7 March, 2017 Topics: Radiation effects, Radiation protection, Radiotherapy

    Summary

    A range of ‘Have you paused and checked?’ posters have been published to serve as a handy reminder for therapeutic radiographers.

    The posters are designed in a PDF format to allow for easy downloading and printing for display in the department as required. Sections of text can be edited to reflect local protocols.

    There are four posters in the series:

    Each poster is designed to act as a ready reminder of the checks that need to be made when referring or treating a patient.

    To be able to edit the sections of text that can be changed, the PDFs must be opened using the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC application. This is a free application that is standard on many PCs and Apple Mac computers.

    Click here to download Acrobat Reader. 

    The downloadable pdfs below are set for A4 printing but they can also be printed A3 size by using the scaling feature in PC printer software that allows a user to choose what size they want a document to be printed.

  • Approval and Accreditation Board; Annual Report 2014-2015

    Date published: 30 January, 2017 Topics: Education accreditation, Educators ISBN: 978-909802-13-1
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    Summary

    The CoR is pleased to publish the 2014-2015 Approval and Accreditation Board (AAB) Report. The purpose of the report is to draw together the activity of the AAB by including data on the approval and accreditation work of the Board. Data and statistics from the Education Institution Annual Survey constitute a significant proportion of the report. These statistics provide a mainly quantitative overview of the position of radiographic education within the UK. This will enable education providers, including providers of clinical imaging and radiotherapy services, to compare their own data with national data and to extract key areas where they may have further work to do or areas where they can share their good practice with the rest of the radiographic community.

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  • The College of Radiographers Research Priorities for the Radiographic Profession

    Date published: 23 January, 2017 Topics: Researchers ISBN: 978-1-909802-12-4

    Summary

    Research should be at the heart of healthcare practice, underpinning all aspects of patient care. In order for radiography practice to move forward, radiographers need to lead and participate in research and implement the findings of such research to enable improvements in health care delivery, patient care, technological innovations, education, and development of the workforce.  This need is made explicit in the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Standards of Proficiency for Radiographers, which state that radiographers must be able to engage in evidence-based practice.

    A newly revised research strategy from the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) from 2016 to 2021 sets a clear vision to improve patient care and outcomes by continuing to develop, grow and implement a high quality evidence base. In order to meet the aims and vision of the SCoR research strategy, it is important to identify what the key research areas will be for radiography research in the UK over the next five years.  These research priority areas will enable the profession to focus research activity on topics that are deemed to be critical for current and future radiography practice; and enable appropriate channelling of funding resources. This report describes the modified Delphi method used to establish the key research priority areas for the radiography profession.

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