In response to member frustrations about how radiographers are frequently incorrectly portrayed in the media and hospital dramas, the Society has issued guidance about how to put the record straight.
An information sheet has been published to send to journalists and directors to help them understand why radiographers are not doctors or nurses.
The initiative came about in response to Motion 26, proposed by Northern Region at this year’s Annual Delegates Conference, which said, “The media often publish incorrect or inaccurate stories about the NHS and frontline staff…
“We call upon the (UK) council to create a stronger, more visible media presence, and to respond to events in a timely and authoritative manner that reflects the policies of the organisation.”
Richard Evans, the Society’s chief executive officer, said, “There has been a growing frustration amongst SoR members about assumptions in the media and by some politicians that the NHS is only staffed by doctors and nurses.
“Also, television hospital dramas such as ‘Holby City’ and ‘Casualty’ are repeatedly criticised for a lack of factual accuracy by showing what are obviously non-radiographers carrying out radiography roles.”
The information leaflet (which can be downloaded below) explains that there are a wide variety of healthcare roles in the NHS, why it is important to correctly identify professionals, and what it is that radiographers are uniquely qualified to do.
Educating the media – and anyone else who needs to be informed
The Society recommends to members what action to take if they see or hear of an example of the media or politicians ‘getting it wrong’ by referring to ‘doctors and nurses’ as shorthand for everyone who works in the NHS, or if the role of radiographers is presented incorrectly.