National MSK reporting standards: Society wants your feedback

Published: 14 May 2019 Ezine

Society members are urged to take part in an online consultation to establish national MSK image reporting standards.

Over the past year a working group have been developing the standards, including principles of assessment and learning outcomes. An outline of the framework was presented at a recent stakeholder consultation day and delegates were asked for initial feedback. The online consultation asks for views on the latest version.

The reporting standards will define the education and training for individuals undertaking independent reporting in clinical practice. A framework, jointly agreed with the Royal College of Radiologists and Health Education England, will be published that will set the standard for education, assessment and reporting of MSK radiographs, irrespective of professional background.

Charlotte Beardmore, SCoR director of professional policy, who is a member of the working group said: “The high standards achieved by radiographers engaged in MSK reporting have been thoroughly evaluated and endorsed over more than 20 years, however it is important to articulate a broader understanding of performance standards.”

She continued, “This initiative will provide clarity for all practitioners who report on MSK images. The work that has been completed already acknowledges the rigour of the current education and training programmes for radiographers, and our thanks go to all the course leaders from HEIs who offer masters levels programmes, for sharing detailed information about their programmes and assessment methodology.”

Charlotte asked that particular recognition should be given to the radiography members of the group: Dr Keith Piper, principal lecturer at Canterbury Christchurch University; Professor Bev Snaith, clinical professor at the University of Bradford; and Penny Owens, director of allied health professionals at Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.

“The Society also appreciates all the support we have had from members so far, as well as colleagues from the Royal College of Radiologists and Health Education England,” Charlotte said.

“We are making very good progress and would urge members to engage in this online collaboration to really strengthen our work in this area. We look forward to receiving your feedback."

The online consultation will be open until 31 May, after which the working group will refine the framework.