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  • Ultrasound examination times and appointments

    Responsible officer: Nigel Thomson Date published: 22 July, 2015 Topics: Managers, Ultrasound


    SCoR issues this updated guidance on ultrasound examination times and appointments (first published March 2013) which includes updated weblinks. SCoR is aware that sonographers working for some NHS Trusts, Health Boards or other Imaging Service Providers are coming under increasing pressure to reduce the time allowed for ultrasound examination appointments. In addition, there have also been instances where extra appointments have been added prospectively to a booked list as a way of compensating for patients who do not attend (DNA).

  • Stroke imaging services; guidance and advice

    Responsible officer: Alexandra Lipton Date published: 14 July, 2015 Topics: CT, MRI


    This is the fourth edition of the advice and guidance document The Role of the Radiographer in Stroke Management that was originally issued on 1st September 2007. Radiographers are a vital part of the specialist stroke care team. Patients with acute brain attack require rapid access to high quality and appropriate imaging in order to diagnose the type of stroke.

    Patients who suffer a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) have been shown to be at high risk of suffering an ischaemic stroke and also require urgent imaging after appropriate assessment in order to ensure reduced morbidity.

    These patients also require follow up imaging, either by Computed Tomography (CT) or Magnetic Resonance (MR) in order to assess the efficacy, and/or options for further treatment.


  • Ultrasound Training, Employment, Registration and Professional Indemnity Insurance

    Responsible officer: Nigel Thomson Date published: 7 July, 2015 Topics: Ultrasound


    The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) receives many enquiries that relate to ultrasound training, employment, registration and professional indemnity insurance.  Many of these enquiries are from sonographers who trained overseas or would like to undertake ultrasound training in the United Kingdom (UK).  It is hoped that the following will answer many of the more common queries.

  • Guidance on Improving Access to Radiotherapy – Increasing working hours

    Responsible officer: Charlotte Beardmore Date published: 17 June, 2015 Topics: Radiotherapy


    JOINT DOCUMENT: Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, Society and College of Radiographers and Royal College of Radiologists

    This document has been produced by IPEM, RCR and SCoR and reviews the issues that need to be considered when increasing provision of radiotherapy by extending the working hours of Radiotherapy departments. It outlines potential options and the associated practicalities to be addressed when expanding radiotherapy capacity through increasing radiotherapy departments’ working hours and/or days. The aim of this document is to support and inform those who lead and manage radiotherapy services and are responsible for working with commissioners to meet the demand for radiotherapy.

    Download this document from the Radiotherapy Board website.





  • A guide to understanding the implications of the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations in diagnostic and interventional radiology

    Responsible officer: Maria Murray Date published: 12 June, 2015 Topics: Imaging, Interventional, Radiation protection
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    JOINT DOCUMENT:  Society and College of Radiographers, British Institute of Radiology and Royal College of Radiologists
    The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR), The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and the British Institute of Radiology (BIR) have jointly produced this Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IR(ME)R) 2000 guidance document, with support from Public Health England (PHE) and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM). The document is aimed at employers and staff who provide clinical imaging and interventional radiology services using ionising radiations.
    The document explains the principles behind the regulations and endeavours to clarify misconceptions. Scenarios have been included to provide examples and advice on practical issues relating to the regulations in order that the document is more user friendly. The advice given is wide-ranging and does not undermine an employer’s legal responsibilities for implementing compliant local procedures.

    This document is in PDF format only. Click here to download the document here.

  • Census of the Radiotherapy Radiographic Workforce in the UK, 2014

    Responsible officer: Anne Barkworth Date published: 3 June, 2015 Topics: Radiotherapy, Surveys ISBN: 978-909802-06-3


    SCoR publishes this  report to update previous  UK national radiotherapy workforce surveys.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 Centre for Workforce Intelligence, Health Education England, Local Education and Training Boards, Migration Advisory Committee and commissioners and providers of radiotherapy.

  • Principles of safe staffing for radiography leaders

    Responsible officer: Charlotte Beardmore Date published: 7 May, 2015 Topics: Managers

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    This document aims to provide principles which should be considered when reviewing staffing models for clinical imaging or radiotherapy/oncology services. It includes key reference texts but these are not exhaustive. All policy and guidance documents issued by the Society and College of Radiographers are available from the website at

  • Sale of Images, Determination of Fetal Sex and Commercial Aspects Related to NHS Obstetric Ultrasound Examinations (Second Edition)

    Responsible officer: Nigel Thomson Date published: 24 April, 2015 Topics: Managers, Ultrasound
  • Raising concerns in the workplace: guidance for SoR members

    Responsible officer: Charlotte Beardmore Date published: 30 March, 2015

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    The Society of Radiographers (SoR) publishes this guidance to make clear that members need to be aware of both their duty to raise concerns and how to do so. It is important that members recognise that it is their professional duty to raise any concerns the may have. The SoR will support members and offer appropriate advice and support to members who do raise concerns although it is important to stress that the SoR can neither raise concerns on behalf of members nor is it the body to whom the concerns are raised. This guidance is relevant for all members; students and trainees, the professional workforce at all levels of practice and it is pertinent in all sectors and environments.

     The HCPC have published advice for registrants on raising concerns at

  • Standards of Radiographic Practice for Post-Mortem Cross- Sectional Imaging (PMC-SI)

    Date published: 23 February, 2015 ISBN: 978-1-909802-05-6


    The standards in this document have been produced jointly by the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) and the International Association of Forensic Radiographers (IAFR) following a literature review and utilising the significant practical experience and knowledge of the expert group. It should be read in conjunction with the SCoR professional document: Guidance for Radiographers providing Forensic Radiography Services, 2014 for the overarching principles which apply to the provision of all forensic radiography services. For the purpose of this present document PMC-SI is used to indicate a service using either CT or MRI or both. Terms used by others to describe these examinations include virtual autopsy, and digital autopsy.