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  • Use of anatomical side markers

    Responsible officer: Susan Johnson Date published: 7 May, 2014


    Best practice is that anatomical side markers should be present in the primary beam for all images and SCoR expects this to be the case unless there are exceptional circumstances.

  • Resuscitation Training for the Radiography Workforce

    Responsible officer: Christina Freeman Date published: 31 March, 2014 Topics: Managers


    SCoR publishes this statement to clarify the expectations of the professional body with regard to training in resuscitation. The subject was raised as a motion at the Annual Delegates Conference in 2013 and this statement is issued in response. The provision of resuscitation training is the responsibility of the employing authority and clearly the nature of training requires that it should be regular and include hands-on practical training for it to be effective.

  • Census of the Radiotherapy Radiographic Workforce in the UK 2013

    Responsible officer: Spencer Goodman Date published: 24 March, 2014 Topics: Radiotherapy, Surveys ISBN: 978-1-909802-02-5


    This report provides a summary of the radiotherapy radiographic workforce in the UK in the National Health Service (NHS) and private/independent healthcare sector.

  • The supply and administration of medicines and contrast agents: results of survey into current practice in imaging and radiotherapy departments

    Responsible officer: Christina Freeman Date published: 28 February, 2014 Topics: Managers, Surveys


    The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) undertook this survey to find out about current practice with regard to supply and administration of medicines (which includes contrast agents). This survey focused on what and how medicines are used in imaging and it included imaging in radiotherapy as part of treatment planning.

  • Proton Beam Therapy - Interim Guidance

    Responsible officer: Charlotte Beardmore Date published: 28 February, 2014 Topics: Education accreditation, Managers, Radiotherapy

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    SCoR publishes this interim guidance and advice document to provide members and education providers with an overview of the likely educational and professional requirements for the effective delivery of a proton beam therapy service.

  • Independent Practitioners: standards and guidance

    Responsible officer: Nigel Thomson Date published: 19 February, 2014 Topics: Independent practitioners, Managers, Ultrasound ISBN: 978-1-909802-01-8


    The term Independent Practitioner encompasses all those members of SCoR who are healthcare practitioners (whether registered with a regulatory body or not) and who are not directly classed as employees. They provide services to Healthcare Commissioners, Trusts and Health Boards, corporate medical companies and, in some cases, directly to members of the public who may self-refer. These services include diagnostic imaging, screening, Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA), therapy and education. Independent practitioner members may, for example, be self-employed, partners, company directors, franchisors or franchisees. The SCoR supports the role of the independent practitioner and recognises the need for policies to enable them to provide highly professional standards of care. This document provides guidelines for professional practice for members who are working within the definition stated above; it does not directly apply to employees of independent providers.

  • The Recording of Images by Patients during Diagnostic Imaging (including screening) and Radiotherapy.

    Responsible officer: Christina Freeman Date published: 2 January, 2014 Topics: Managers, Ultrasound


    The Society and College of Radiographers has been made aware of an increasing number of requests by patients (and/or those accompanying them) to take photographs or videos of the image on the screen,  the overall examination or treatment by using mobile phones and other devices. This document combines separate but related advice for general diagnostic imaging and obstetric ultrasound which has been previously published by the SCoR. It is extended in scope to include all members of the professional workforce for diagnostic imaging or radiotherapy and also now includes references to social media. 

  • The joint response of the Society of Radiographers and the College of Radiographers to the Final Report of the Independent Inquiry into care provided by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

    Responsible officer: Charlotte Beardmore Date published: 12 December, 2013


    The Society and the College of Radiographers has used the publication of the Francis Report to examine whether there are lessons for our organisation and the radiography profession and workforce. We are mindful that, while no radiographers came under scrutiny in the public inquiry, their work may well have brought them into contact with patients experiencing dreadful standards of care. We followed the inquiry while it was on-going and have looked carefully at the subsequent report and recommendations. The inquiry informed some of our work last year, with the report and recommendations influencing work undertaken in 2013 as well as informing work to be undertaken in 2014. Undoubtedly, too, the inquiry, report and recommendations will resonate within our work well beyond 2014. At the end of our detailed consideration of the report and recommendations, we believe we have a much stronger Code of Professional Conduct with clearly reinforced expectations about values and behaviours, and a range of support, guidance and tools available (or available shortly) to the profession and workforce to help them to ensure that patients are truly and meaningfully at the centre of their work. We are also clear that our function as a professional and a representative body enables us to support our profession and members in delivering excellent, safe and compassionate patient care.

  • Professional Supervision – Advice and Guidance Document

    Date published: 18 November, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-909802-00-1

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    This document is provided for the support and development of the professional workforce in diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy through professional supervision. It replaces both the SCoR Clinical Supervision Framework and Position Statement (2003) and offers advice and guidance about the process and conduct of professional supervision and how to embed it in the professional practice of imaging and radiotherapy in all settings. Professional supervision is not the same as the direct, clinical supervision of students and learners by mentors and practice educators, or the line management of staff.

  • Direct Entry Undergraduate Ultrasound Programmes (with competency to practise): a briefing from the Society and College of Radiographers

    Date published: 17 September, 2013 Topics: Ultrasound


    There is an increasing demand for ultrasound examinations and a long standing shortage of sonographers in the United Kingdom. The policy of the Society and College of Radiographers is to support the introduction of primary (BSc) degrees in ultrasound as one of the ways of increasing sonographer numbers although there are many complex issues that must first be addressed. This briefing document outlines the key areas that will need to be considered . It is not meant to be prescriptive but does provide a discussion framework for Higher Education Institutions, service providers, Local Education and Training Boards (England) and other regional and national organisations.