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  • 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

    Summary

    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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    Summary

    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

    Summary

    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.

  • Stress in the workplace: guidance and advice for the radiography workforce

    Responsible officer: Ian Cloke Date published: 5 September, 2013

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    Summary

    The Society of Radiographers (SoR) issues this guidance and advice to provide information on the degree to which the radiography workforce is affected by stress and to provide support, guidance and advice on the topic.

  • Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) Clinical Support Programme in England 2012 -2013

    Responsible officer: Charlotte Beardmore Date published: 5 September, 2013
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    Summary

    This final report from the National Image Guided Radiotherapy Team describes the process, methods and outcomes of the National Cancer Action Team Image Guided Radiotherapy clinical support programme. It demonstrates progress made and highlights the significant challenges that remain. Recommendations have been formulated for radiotherapy service providers, NHS England Specialised Commissioning, education providers, professional bodies and equipment manufacturers.

    The National IGRT team leads were Therapeutic Radiographers; June Dean and Mark Elsworthy. Physics support was provided by Clinical Scientists from three radiotherapy centres in England; Addenbrookes, Clatterbridge and Nottingham.

  • Code of Professional Conduct

    Responsible officer: Christina Freeman Date published: 5 July, 2013

    Summary

    This document is for all members of the Society of Radiographers and replaces the Code of Conduct and Ethics published by the Society of Radiographers in 2008. This revised Code of Professional Conduct puts patients at the centre of everything that is done. It expects conduct in practice that reflects this aspiration based on the values of respect, empowerment, empathy, trustworthiness, integrity and justice. Of equal importance is the need to maintain the public's trust and confidence in the profession as a whole.

  • Improving retention of the radiotherapy workforce - the role of practice placements in student attrition from pre-registration programmes in England: Full report

    Responsible officer: Charlotte Beardmore Date published: 28 May, 2013 Topics: Radiotherapy, Students

    Summary

    The issue of attrition from training placements for therapeutic radiographers has been a challenge for some years. This report written by Hazel Colyer and supported by the Society and College of Radiographers through the National Radiotherapy Implementation Group's Workforce sub-group, tackles the issue with key recommendations and evidence-based opportunities. For the executive summary and recommendations only see Improving retention of the radiotherapy workforce - the role of practice placements in student attrition from pre-registration programmes in England: executive summary and recommendations here

  • Quality imaging services for primary care: a good practice guide

    Responsible officer: Alexandra Lipton Date published: 21 May, 2013 Topics: Radiation protection
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    Summary

    In the changing healthcare system in which we now all live and work, it is timely that we focus on providing quality imaging services for primary care. This document has been developed collaboratively between The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) as a good practice guide to developing collaborative practices between diagnostic imaging departments and primary care providers for the benefit of patients, and to support GPs in delivering excellent, timely care.

    Joint document:

    • Royal College of General Practitioners
    • Society and College of Radiographers
    • The Royal College of Radiologists

    Quality Imaging Services for Primary Care

  • Report on the Census of the Radiotherapy Workforce in the UK 2012

    Responsible officer: Claire Dumbleton Date published: 10 May, 2013 Topics: Radiotherapy ISBN: 1-871101-98-0
  • Improving retention of the radiotherapy workforce - the role of practice placements in student attrition from pre-registration programmes in England: executive summary and recommendations

    Responsible officer: Charlotte Beardmore Date published: 30 April, 2013 Topics: Radiotherapy, Students
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    Summary

    The issue of attrition from training placements for therapeutic radiographers has been a challenge for some years. This report written by Hazel Colyer and supported by the Society and College of Radiographers through the National Radiotherapy Implementation Group's Workforce sub-group, tackles the issue with key recommendations and evidence-based opportunities.

    For the full report see Improving retention of the radiotherapy workforce - the role of practice placements in student attrition from pre-registration programmes in England: Full report

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