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ADC 2018 Motions

EMERGENCY MOTION 1

Subject: NHS Pay

Conference notes the report "Explaining the 2018 NHS Pay Offer" circulated to all delegates and endorses the key points of the report. Conference also notes,

1. The 2018 pay offer will ensure all members employed in the NHS will see their income grow by between 6.5% and 29% over the three years covered by the offer.

2. Those at the top of their band will receive a further 1.1% non-consolidated lump sum.

3. That the new pay scales introduced as part of this offer are significantly higher than the existing pay rates.

4. For all pay bands in the proposed new scales there will be fewer pay points.

5. For most pay bands incremental progression to the top of a band will be quicker under the proposed new pay scales. 

Conference further notes that attempts to link the pay offer to detrimental changes to annual leave and out of hours payments were defeated by the joint trade unions.

Conference is mindful that the Office for Budget Responsibility, the definitive source for data on prices growth, predicts inflation to be 6.1% over the period covered by the offer. Conference therefore recognises that the offer meets our long held policy of ensuring members pay increases more quickly than prices.

UK Council therefore calls on Conference to fully endorse the contents of "Explaining the 2018 NHS Pay Offer" and to support UK Council’s decision to campaign for a yes vote in the forthcoming consultation.

UK COUNCIL

CARRIED
 

EMERGENCY MOTION 2

Subject: NHS Wholly Owned Subsidiaries

On the 28th March 2018 Managers at the Royal Free London NHS Trust held an extraordinary Joint Negotiating and Consultative Committee meeting to inform Staff Side that the Trust Board had agreed to set up a Wholly Owned Subsidiary company. The reasons they gave for doing this are: by setting up a commercial provider they will be able to claim back VAT which the NHS is unable to claim, they will save money by not offering staff access to the NHS pension scheme, and they hope to generate income by selling services to other NHS trusts.

Although 39 wholly owned subsidiaries already exist, this is largely unchartered territory and many more Trusts across the country are considering setting them up. Staff who transfer into a WOS are no longer employed by the NHS and although they may be given pay protection under TUPE arrangements, this protection is not indefinite and any new staff employed will be subject to different and diminished T&Cs, and likely not to be offered the NHS pension scheme. An EDM on this subject was tabled on 16th January 2018 and a debate took place in parliament on the 6th March.

Conference calls upon UK council to:

  • set up a working party to look into the potential impact wholly owned subsidiary companies will have on SoR members
  • publish an official union line on the SoR website and in Synergy with guidance for Reps involved in any consultation discussions

LONDON REGION

UK Council will listen to the debate

CARRIED
 

NHS

MOTION 1 

Subject: Pre 2018 Pensions - Discrimination in our Pre 2018 Pensions

The pre 2008 NHS pension schaeme does not treat gender of the scheme member equally. In effect the male scheme member is treated more favourably because, should they die, their partner will get a full pension based on all service. A female scheme members partner only gets a pension based on some of their service. 

Eradicating this discrimination would be unaffordable and would likely see a rise in our contributions, instead conference calls upon UK council to open discussions with the NHS pension scheme to give pre 2008 scheme members another chance to move onto the newer scheme, where there is no discrimination against the scheme members partners gender. 

EQUALISE

UK Council will support this motion.

CARRIED
 

MOTION 2

Subject: Equipment Provision CT 

Older CT scanners, which use Filtered back projection reconstruction techniques, deliver a significantly higher radiation dose to patients in comparison to newer CT scanners. In this era of budget cuts and efficiency savings, it has become clear that NHS trusts are delaying their capital replacements. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to lobby the government to introduce a fully funded replacement programme of all CT scanners without iterative reconstruction software in the interest of public health. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 3

Subject: MRI Equipment Provision 

Demands on MRI services are ever increasing, as are the demands for increased efficiency of the service and higher patient through put. In April 2017 the CIB (Clinical Imaging Board) published a report - “MRI equipment, operations and planning in the NHS”. 

The report showed: 

The UK is near the bottom in the world with regards to having low numbers of MRI systems per million population in comparison to similar countries 

Concern over a significant number of NHS Radiology services not having future replacement plans in place. 

More than 26% of MRI equipment is 10 or more years old limiting capacity and high quality of imaging. 

Conference calls upon the UK Council to investigate if the Government has acted on the CIB report and put forward plans for the implementation of the overdue investment into this imaging service. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 4 

Subject: Interpreter Services Within Radiography Departments 

Last November, NHS England (NHSE) published guidance entitled “NHS England Accessible Information and Communication Policy” stating “Where appropriate, individuals who need access to an interpreter, advocate or other communication professional to enable them to engage with NHS England will be provided with such support, arranged and funded by NHS England.” 

An NHS draft policy states “Failing to match a patient’s first or preferred language can impact on patient experience and health outcomes with potentially serious implications such as misdiagnosis and treatment”. It highlights potential risks to the patient and healthcare provider when using inadequately trained individuals. 

Equality Legislation and national guidance indicates organisations should provide interpreters when required. This means equal access to services for those whose first language is not spoken English; this seems to conflict with proposals urging trusts to be “efficient” with their budgets despite dwindling government support. 

Conference asks UK Council to investigate via appropriate NHSE channels that the instructions within the referenced NHSE policy ‘to make it a legal requirement to have a face to face interpreter available for medical imaging appointments of all kind’ are adhered too, for safety and in compliance with the Equality Act 2010. 

NORTH WEST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

LOST
 

MOTION 5

Subject: Outsourcing 

Many NHS employers have increasingly taken to outsourcing out of hours reporting services to private companies, such as 4ways and DMC, instead of utilising the skills of Advanced Practitioner Reporting Radiographers. The associated cost of outsourcing is high and unsustainable, especially as the NHS faces a future of increasing budget cuts and efficiency savings. 

We call upon council to investigate how many NHS employers choose to outsource out of hours reporting rather than using appropriately trained Reporting 

Radiographers in Advanced Practice roles, and to issue guidance highlighting the importance of the role of Advanced Practitioners in the modern day NHS. 

NORTHERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 6

Subject: Reasonable Drug Charges 

The unrestrained drugs companies means the NHS could be put in a difficult situation and have to start rejecting medicines as they will be unaffordable. The pharmaceutical industry should be monitored so that the needs of patients are met before private profits. 

Therefore Conference calls upon UK Council to:  

Work with other unions to campaign for better value for the NHS for the expenditure of drugs 

SOUTH EAST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 7

Subject: Statutory Requirement for Director of Allied Health Professionals (AHP’s) 

Conference notes that it is mandatory for Executive Boards of providers of NHS services, to have a Director of Nursing on their Boards. Allied Health Professionals make up a significant proportion of staff numbers within the hospital setting and yet AHP’s do not have a Director on the Board to provide collective representation and championing of AHP staff at a senior management level. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to lobby the Department of Health to incorporate a requirement for there to be a similar position of Director of AHP’s within these board structures, to ensure the profile and profession of AHP’s is recognised more strongly within these Boards. 

SOUTH WEST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 8

Subject: NHS Staffing 

In November 2017 NHS Providers, (which represents health chiefs), said staff shortages was now the number one concern in the NHS. There are now 6% more staff than there were three years ago but this is inadequate and pressure is mounting on staff in post. NHS Providers went on to say that NHS staff are working on the “edge of safety” because demand is outstripping the increasing numbers being employed. However, within all of this rhetoric, it is a ‘lack of doctors and nurses’ that hit the headlines. 

Conference calls on UK Council to deliver a campaign that will highlight the shortage of radiographers to NHS Providers. 

WALES

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 9

Subject: Funding of Reporting Radiographers 

Outsourced radiology reporting is frequently used to avoid a backlog of images and studies requiring a report. It is acknowledged that the use of agencies is not the most cost effective manner of achieving timely reports for patients. In-house reporting services provide not only better value for money to the public purse but also offers benefits in relation to radiographer career development and long term staff retention. 

This conference calls on UK Council to use their influence to encourage NHS Employers to review the financial and other benefits of in house radiographer reporting versus the on-going high costs of outsourced reporting. The aim of this initiative would be to ensure that the money currently used for outsourced reporting is better used for the training of Reporting Radiographers. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION 

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 10

Subject: The Value of Imaging Appointments 

GP surgeries and dentists currently advise patients that there are costs associated with patients not attending for an appointment. These costs are equally applicable to missed radiography appointments. Ensuring that patients attend all appointments or cancel if no longer required, means shorter waiting times for other patients. A poster campaign such as those used in other areas of the NHS would not only highlight to patients that missed appointments have a cost but also demonstrate the value of radiographers in the healthcare system and raise our profile amongst patients. 

Conference calls on UK council to create a set of posters that can be displayed in patient areas highlighting that missed appointments lead to unnecessary costs and delays. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will support this motion

FALLS
 

MOTION 11

Subject: Radiotherapy Planning and Treatment Provision 

The recent £130m allocated to improving radiotherapy equipment by NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens was welcomed, but not every centre that perhaps needed to, benefited from this, as bids had to be made and the employers have to be financially secure to repay this money. 

There are only 50 radiotherapy centres in the UK and patients usually go to their nearest centre. Local MP Tim Farron lead a debate in the House of Commons 

10.1.18 on the subject of access to cancer treatment for patients as currently it is not equitable. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to give patients the best chance they can, no matter their geographical location, by keeping pressure on the government to fund timely, gold standard radiotherapy provisions. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 12

Subject: Modernising Radiotherapy Services 

Conference notes that NHS England plans to modernise the radiotherapy provision for adults in England by 2024. This model requires radiotherapy providers to form 11 radiotherapy networks or “Vanguards” based on geographical location and population. 

The majority of radiotherapy departments in England already treat a wide range of malignant and benign conditions using world class equipment techniques and staff. If plans for modernisation of radiotherapy services are agreed then this could mean that some cancer treatments such as those for Head and Neck, Gynaecological and rarer cancers, will only be carried out at larger hospital departments. This will be to the detriment of the most geographically isolated and vulnerable patients who will have to travel further for radiotherapy treatment. These plans will also de-skill therapy staff in smaller centres causing further recruitment and retention issues in England. 

We call upon UK council to oppose the NHS England plan to remove complex or rarer cancer radiotherapy from smaller regional radiotherapy departments. 

SOUTH WEST REGION

UK Council will oppose this motion

CARRIED

PAY & TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Motion 13

Subject: Pay 

Public Pay Policy for 2017/2018 for Northern Ireland has finally been set. The recommended Pay increase of 1% for 2017/18 will finally be paid to members in Northern Ireland. 

Whilst we welcome this decision has been made the fact that we have a nonfunctioning devolved government means that it was delayed and also there is still disparity for members in Northern Ireland with us being the lowest paid radiographers in the UK. We recognise the tireless work and talks that our National Officer and the IR team of the SoR have been involved in and thank them immensely.  

We need to make sure that we are not forgotten about along with our colleagues in England and Wales who are also suffering pay disparity. 

Conference calls upon UK council to continue to engage with the relevant governments to campaign for pay parity across the UK. 

NORTHERN IRELAND

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 14 

Subject: NHS Apprenticeships 

Conference notes that there are a number of Radiographer Apprenticeships currently under development. Conference supports this recent development as it believes that: 

This may widen participation in employment within the NHS. 

Reduce the reliance on recruiting from outside the UK 

Build local talent pipelines and, 

Possibly improve retention as a result of investing in the development of new skills. 

Conference also notes and welcomes the NHS Staff Council Guidance-

Apprenticeships in the NHS published in late 2017. Conference is aware of further work being undertaken by the Staff Council and notes that an Options Report is due to be presented to Staff Council on 14th March. Conference notes and applauds the Society’s involvement in this work.  

Conference calls upon UK Council to work with other NHS Trades Unions to ensure that a National Framework is agreed that builds on the current Guidance, and ensure that all NHS Apprenticeships are covered by Agenda for Change National Terms and Conditions. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 15

Subject: Erosion of Posts 

Conference notes that in some cases, as post holders are leaving their respective employers, these jobs are being amalgamated into other roles and thus posts are being “lost”. The correct “value” should be given to the correct Role. For example - When 1x band 7 leaves – this post should not be split between 2x existing band 6’s. 

We call on Council to campaign for the correct bandings to be given to the correct roles. 

SOUTH WEST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

SOR POLICY

MOTION 16

Subject: Training of Representatives 

National lead rep training is currently only offered in one place and on a residential bases. Conference recognises the importance of training however the residential option often excludes those who struggle to get away either due to work commitments but more often family / home commitments. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to review current training for representatives and look at ways to make training more accessible to all. 

SOUTH EAST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 17

Subject: Course Availability in Northern Ireland 

Currently most CPD Courses offered by SoR are delivered on the Mainland in England. This often excludes members from Northern Ireland the devolved nations applying to attend these beneficial courses/study days due to increase in expense for members or employers to cover with travel arrangements added to the expenses. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to look into the possibility of offering beneficial courses/study days in Northern Ireland the devolved nations so as more members can avail of these. 

NORTHERN IRELAND

Replace ‘on the Mainland’ with ‘England’,
‘Northern Ireland’ with ‘the devolved nations’ and
‘Northern Ireland with ‘the devolved nations’

Amendments submitted by Scottish Council

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 18

MOTION WITHDRAWN

MOTION 19

Subject: ADC Success Stories 

Many radiographers ask their local reps what are the purposes and outcomes of ADC. Although we receive a report of immediate past motions it is not always clear what the benefits are to the profession. 

We identify the ADC feedback reports are very useful but conference would appreciate information on success stories and personal impact reflections on the lives of radiographers, from any of the previous years. This would engage more members and not just those who are fortunate enough to attend ADC. For example, highlights could be a presentation, article or fact sheet and be published on the website and in Synergy, which is a more accessible format to all SoR members. 

We call upon UK Council to report back to ADC and all members about the personal impact of a select example of successful motions from previous years to promote ADC and the excellent work the SoR does 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 20

Subject: Central Diary Dates 

Regional Committees / National Councils need to plan their meetings and reps training days at the beginning of the calendar year. Planning can be difficult as there are individual’s diary to consider plus that of the Full time officer(s). This must all be co-ordinated with the Head quarters calendar to avoid clashes and would be more easily facilitated by having a centralised Head Quarters diary. 

Conference calls upon UK council to ensure there is centralisation of the SCoR Headquarters calendar which will assist Regional Committees / National Councils when planning their meetings. 

MIDLANDS REGION

UK Council will listen to the debate

CARRIED

MOTION 21  

MOTION WITHDRAWN

MOTION 22

Subject: Recognising Hard Work 

The Rep of the Year, Radiographer of the Year and Team of the Year awards are a great way for colleagues and the SoR to recognise the dedication and hard work that these members go to in order to improve their colleagues working lives/patient pathways/service users experience. 

Whilst winners of these awards are recognised at events throughout the year, there can be many others who also do great work, who are nominated, but will never know this is the case. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to provide details of nominations to all nominees following the awards ceremonies, to provide to the Chair of the Regions/Countries details of nominations for Radiographer/Team of the Year, and to publish a list of nominees for all awards, in the Synergy News articles covering these events. This will ensure recognition of the fantastic professional efforts of these members and support future nominations for these awards. 

MIDLANDS REGION

UK Council will oppose this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 23

Subject: Motions at ADC 

Conference notes that the number of motions submitted to the Delegates Conference Committee (DCC) each year per Region is rising to an unmanageable amount. 

There is currently no maximum number of motions that any Region can submit. 

We call upon UK Council to consider a review of Rules for ADC to limit the maximum number of motions put forward.

SOUTH WEST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 24 

Subject: Managing Private Fetal Ultrasound Pathways 

Every private fetal imaging ultrasound clinic (including gender scan, 4D scanning) should have a given process to refer to the local imaging provider if incidental significant clinical findings are noted. 

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the number of parents seeking a private souvenir scan is increasing. A survey undertaken by the which magazine in 2016 suggested that 1 in 7 pregnant women attended a private scan. These scans were primarily undertaken for 4D scanning but 36% of these were for reassurance. The national institute for health and clinical excellence (NICE) advise consulting a midwife with any concerns. 

The SCoR and BMUS recommend that providers of independent non-clinical antenatal ultrasound scans have protocols for onward referral of incidental significant clinical findings to the local clinical imaging provider. 

On a brief search of private company websites, there was no evidence of protocols for onward referral to local NHS imaging providers in cases of incidental findings. There could be significant issues if such links are not set up, possible delays in treatment or no onward referral at all. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to campaign for and work with private fetal imaging providers, to have protocols in place in order to refer patients with any incidental significant clinical findings to the local NHS provider for further assessment and treatment. 

EASTERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion

FALLS
 

MOTION 25

Subject: Reduced Membership Fees for Retired Members 

It has come to the attention of conference that due to the changes in retirement age those radiographers eligible to retire on a NHS pension earlier than the state pension age are being charged the reduced members rate and not the retired membership rate to continue to be members of the SoR. This is resulting in loss of membership for this group of staff as some have found this too expensive to continue with membership. 

Conference calls upon UK council to review the retired membership rate for those who have retired, providing that they are no longer working. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 26  

Subject: Media Presence 

The media often publish incorrect or inaccurate stories about the NHS and frontline staff. Responses from the SoR on such occasions have often been delayed, muted, or simply not seen by members. 

We call upon the 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. 

NORTHERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 27

Subject: Community Liaison Expert Radiographer 

We as radiographers know that myths and misinformation about x-rays, radiographers and radiotherapy damage patient experience and can prevent people from getting the care or treatment that they need. 

The role of community liaison expert radiographer practitioner was first described by the college of radiographers in 2006. This role was envisioned to bridge the gap between the cancer centre and other health care professionals across the cancer patient pathway. 

The Society published a guidance document in 2009 to support the local implementation of this role. Its recommendations included the review of practice in relation to information and support and funding three year secondments for pilot roles. However, the document concluded that “the role appears underdeveloped.” Conference calls on UK Council to re-publicise the role of community liaison expert radiographers with cancer centres and academic institutions so that the recommendations given in the 2009 guidance document can be achieved. 

SCOTLAND

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 28

Subject: Supporting Radiographers Trained Outside of the UK 

Employers and patients throughout the UK have been increasingly benefiting from the services of radiographers trained outside of the UK. We are very grateful to our international colleagues and value the contributions that they are making to the care of our patients. 

Conference recognises that there is variation in the depth of undergraduate radiography training throughout Europe and the rest of the world. In many cases international radiographers new to the UK face a challenge to integrate themselves into our way of working.

These radiographers would benefit from our support in order to do this and employers have a duty of care to support the integration of these radiographers both professionally and socially. Employers should be applying the principles of equality and diversity; they should be supporting workers according to individual need and circumstances. 

UK Council calls upon conference to support the production of a guidance document for employers. This document should highlight common knowledge gaps, suggest strategies and identify employers’ responsibilities in assisting this growing and valued group of members as they join our departments around the UK. 

UK COUNCIL

CARRIED
 

MOTION 29  

Subject: Improving Membership 

Conference calls on the UK Council to promote and expand the membership of the Society of Radiographers via the use of social media, specifically by further developing and maintaining “You-Tube” or similar style videos to be published on both the publicly accessible areas of SoR website and on social media platforms. Conference believes that the use of real and current cases will re-enforce the importance of being part of a profession specific union, the benefits of workplace representatives and being covered by professional indemnity insurance. 

Conference believes that this will help the Society of Radiographers raise their online profile and promote their specific benefits when compared with similar trade unions which Radiographers and other Radiography staff groups are able to join. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 30

Subject: Inter Professional Relationships 

Radiographers like many other professionals find themselves in high demand, often asked to work harder whilst maintaining high standards of practice and patient care. In order for departments to work at their best, team work and good inter-professional relationships are vital. Increasingly many radiographers are experiencing a lack of support from their Radiologist colleagues. 

Conference calls upon UK council to work alongside the Royal College of Radiologists to help to improve this situation and to highlight the positives in the close working relationships of both professions. 

NORTHERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 31

Subject: Evidenced Based CPD Now Endorsement 

Conference notes and appreciates the wide range of courses and articles for the benefit of members that are endorsed by the SoR via CPD Now. Each month Synergy News carries adverts for courses that are endorsed by the Society yet the methodologies behind some of these course lack scientific rigour and are at best a miscellany of ideas taken from a variety of other sources.As such it means that the course content may be well known but remains opinion based and not evidence based.  

We take pride in the fact that our clinical practise is evidence based yet some personal development courses that we promote would not pass the test of scientific reliability. Some of these courses are charged at great cost to NHS trusts in a time of financial constraint, as they are clearly out of the financial grasp of the individual member. 

Conference calls on UK Council to consider the implied validation of scientific principles that a CPD Now endorsement conveys on a course or article, and delineates between those courses that would pass the test as being underpinned by scientific testing and those that do not. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will listen to the debate

FALLS
 

MOTION 32

Subject: CPD and Protected Study time 

As radiographers we are required to complete CPD to remain compliant with HCPC. As it stands CPD is assessed biannually with a small percentage of people selected at random each cycle. 

This causes stress for staff who worry if they have been selected and may not have kept up to date with CPD or have not been allocated time for CPD by their employers. 

Conference acknowledges that it is part of our professional remit to conduct CPD, but also recognises how difficult it is to have time allocated within workplaces that are being asked to do more with less. 

UK Council asks for conference to support a renewed effort to publicise the existing 2009 guidance to reps, members and employers around protected study time. 

UK COUNCIL

CARRIED

MOTION 33  

Subject: SoR Publication Scrutiny 

On the front cover of the November issue of Synergy News, several members of the SoR were seen in a photograph under the banner “Tories out”. It has been agreed that as an organisation the SoR is politically neutral and such errors could upset some SoR members, is embarrassing and should be avoided. 

Conference calls on UK Council to introduce a scrutiny process to prevent the publication of inaccurate, misleading, embarrassing stories or those that contradict the stance of the SoR. 

WALES

UK Council will support this motion

FALLS
 

MOTION 34

Subject: Evaluation of the Use of Pause and Check Documents in Practice 

The Pause and Check series of documents endorsed by the Society of 

Radiographers have been adopted as a protocol for avoiding breaches under IR(ME)R. There is currently no evaluation of the impact of these documents on preventing clinical incidents in practice. It is evidenced with extensive research that safety checklists should both be as short as possible and follow a logical sequence in which tasks are performed. Evidence also shows that Items on checklists should: 

- Have no duplication or crossover 

- Relate to a single specific event 

- Be specific 

- Target a specific area of safety concern 

The Pause and Check series of documents endorsed by the Society of Radiographers do not align with these recommendations, and there is currently no available evaluation into the effectiveness of these documents at preventing clinical incidents in practice. 

Conference calls on UK Council to: 

Issue more specific guidance on the use of the Pause and Check documents taking into consideration research evidence on the use of safety checklists for preventing incidents 

Consider repositioning the Pause and Check documents as professional standards as opposed to safety checklists 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will seek remittance of this motion

REMITTED TO UK COUNCIL
 

MOTION 35 

Subject: Inclusion of ALL SoR Members 

Conference notes that The Society of Radiographers is the only body in the UK representing the whole of the radiographic workforce. We are a trade union and professional body representing the professional, educational, public and workplace interests of our members. 

Membership is open to anyone working in clinical imaging, radiotherapy and oncology throughout the world. We represent the whole of the radiographic workforce - practitioners, assistant practitioners, support workers and student radiographers. This includes any members who may or may not be employed by the NHS. Many members who are not employed by the NHS often feel that they are seen as ‘the enemy’, both by individual members and by the trade union aspect of the SoR. 

Conference calls on UK Council to ensure that the SoR is inclusive of all members and ensures equality and diversity for all. 

WALES

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

PUBLIC POLICY

MOTION 36
MOTION WITHDRAWN
 

MOTION 37

Subject: Subject: Maintaining EURATOM Membership 

In the process of triggering Article 50, the current government has stated an intention to withdraw from EURATOM. The British Nuclear Medicine Society (BNMS) and British Institute of Radiology (BIR) have raised concerns about access, transport and cost of importing radioisotopes for diagnosis and treatment, which may affect a significant number of patients including those with cancer. 

Currently, the UK does not produce the appropriate isotopes. It would require significant investment, in the region of millions of pound, and a number of years to develop reactors or cyclotrons to do so. Despite the Brexit committee insisting this is not the case, and accusing the radiology community of scaremongering, there is growing concern amongst experts in the UK and Europe. 

Conference calls upon UK council to support BNMS and BIR statements, lobbying the government to prioritise concrete agreements either within or in place of EURATOM for continued provision at the existing level for nuclear medicine and radionuclide therapy. 

WALES

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 38

Subject: Children’s Mental Health 

Mental health problems affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. They include depression, anxiety and conduct disorder, and are often a direct response to what is happening in their lives. 

Alarmingly, however, 70% of children and young people who experience a mental health problem have not had appropriate interventions at a sufficiently early age. 

The emotional wellbeing of children is just as important as their physical health. Good mental health allows children and young people to develop the resilience to cope with whatever life throws at them and grow into well-rounded, healthy adults. 

UK Council calls on Conference for support to lobby for more child mental health professionals to be trained and employed in schools and the wider community. 

UK COUNCIL

CARRIED
 

MOTION 39 

Subject: Mental Health 

There has been a shift in recent times in society’s view of mental health. This growing understanding has seen a spike in those seeking help for poor mental health. This has put a strain on NHS mental health services that has not been kept up on. NHS counselling services have been cut year on year leaving those that cannot afford to pay for private services waiting for essential help in their time of highest need. 

Many GP’s suggest that people seek help from their occupational health department, in turn putting strain on occupational health departments that were never designed to take the overspill from NHS services. 

Conference calls on UK Council to lobby the department of health and devolved nation equivalents to ensure adequate mental health services are provided.

SCOTLAND

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 40 

Subject: Mental Health First Aiders 

A new campaign is being launched in autumn 2018 by the Department of Health and Public Health England in conjunction with Mental Health First Aid England which aims to train one million people to become Mental Health First Aiders. Mental health is an important part of maintaining a healthy workforce. 

We call on UK Council to actively promote and support this campaign both the public health England Campaign and similar campaigns in the devolved nations and to encourage service managers to train SoR members and reps to become Mental Health First Aiders. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

Replace ‘this campaign’ with ‘both the public health England Campaign and similar campaigns in the devolved nations’

Amendment submitted by Scottish Council

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 41

Subject: National Guidelines For Forensic Radiography 

Following the Grenfell Tower fire, letters where exchanged between the SoR and the Home Office regarding an effective forensic response. These letters highlighted the difficulties encountered by the UK Forensic Radiography Response Team (UKFRT) with the coordinating team led by Alliance Medical (AM). The SoR letters detailed the inappropriate use of non-forensic AM radiographers and the limited use of skilled UKFRT staff. 

Furthermore at the Manchester bomb incident, a number of serious concerns were raised by the radiographers involved regarding radiation safety and lack of effective protocols. 

In light of this, Conference calls upon Council to lobby and work with the government to ensure that national guidelines for Radiography forensic responses are adhered too. 

NORTH WEST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 42 

Subject: Improving GP’s Knowledge of Radiotherapy 

Radiotherapy treatment for cancer can cause physical and psychological side effects for the patient. This can occur during treatment, immediately post treatment and also during long term survivorship. There are more than two million people living with cancer in the UK today and not all of them are living well. Cancer and its treatment often leave physical and emotional effects for many years afterwards. 

Patients who are undergoing or have undergone radiotherapy may use their general practitioner as an additional point of contact for information and support during and after their treatment as they manage side effects. Resent research has found that general practitioners are not always well informed about radiotherapy treatment or side effects and their management, or symptoms that may indicate further progression of disease, such as spinal cord compression in breast cancer patients. 

UK council asks for conference’s support to work with others to develop information and support for general practitioners in order to improve the experience for patients as they not only live longer, but are supported to live better. 

UK COUNCIL

CARRIED
 

MOTION 43 

Subject: Northern Ireland Government - Working Together in Partnership 

There has been no functioning devolved government in Northern Ireland since January 2017. As a result of this there are delays in decision making affecting members in Northern Ireland and our Patients. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to support the ongoing work of our National Officer and the other health unions in their efforts to encourage the government in Northern Ireland to start to work together in partnership. 

NORTHERN IRELAND

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 44

Subject: Manufacturers of Equipment Responsibility 

Immobilisation equipment is crucial in Radiotherapy to ensure the accurate consistent reproducibility of the patient undergoing treatment. The cost of even the simplest immobilisation pad can be several hundred pounds. 

Changes made by the manufacturers to immobilisation devices can therefore have a costly impact on departments, and in turn the NHS, when replacement items are purchased that do not exactly conform to a previous specification. 

If any change in specification is not apparent or notified to the department then this can have an adverse impact on the accuracy of patients’ treatment. 

Conference asks UK Council to request any appropriate designated competent authority, such as the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), works with manufacturers to ensure that any changes to immobilisation equipment has a measurable benefit and that the efficacy of current equipment continuing to be produced is maintained and that any future planned changes in equipment design or production process are notified to current customers in a timely manner. In addition, all immobilisation equipment is clearly labelled with version/model and any other appropriate details. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 45 

Subject: Vaping as Harm Reduction 

The announcement on the NHS website (7/2/18) after the results of a study, undertaken by researchers from numerous institutions, including University College London, and funded by Cancer Research UK, were released acknowledging the use of vaping “.. provides further evidence that switching to e-cigarettes can significantly reduce harm to smokers, with greatly reduced exposure to carcinogens and toxins.” 

Study findings: former smokers who switched to using e-cigarettes or NRT only have significantly lower levels of toxins than those who continue to smoke cigarettes. 

Conference agrees we should not be advocating vaping to smokers who don’t vape but encouraging them to use a licensed nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) product coupled with a referral to a smoking cessation service. These findings may see vaping brought under the NRT umbrella. It is noted many employers fund NRT in its various forms (transdermal patches, gum). 

E-cigarettes are the most popular smoking cessation aid in the UK. Evidence shows vaping is 95% safer than smoking cigarettes so the role of vaping needs to be guided by this emerging evidence. Conference agrees patients who present for vaping should still be guided towards other sources of cessation first. 

Conference asks the SCoR to work with Public Health England to support and educate the public and health professionals on the role of vaping in smoking cessation. 

NORTH WEST REGION

UK Council will oppose this motion

FAILED
 

MOTION 46
MOTION WITHDRAWN

EQUALITIES

Subject: Armed Forces and LGBT - Dishonourably Discharge 

Previous to the European Court of Human Rights ruling in January 2000, radiographers in the Armed Forces who were gay were dishonourably discharged, losing their pension rights. 

Conference calls upon UK council to open dialogue with the Ministry of Defence to discuss reinstating the pension rights of these radiographers and extending this to all who were dishonourably discharged from the armed forces for their sexuality. 

EQUALISE

Insert ‘and extending this to all who were dishonourably discharged from the armed forces for their sexuality’

Amendment submitted by Scottish Council

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 48

Subject: Inclusive language in Radiography 

This conference recognises the high regard our journal, Radiography, is held nationally and internationally as the premier source of research evidence guiding our profession. The guidelines for authors are currently thorough and specific, available online and a pdf document (https://www.elsevier.com/journals/radiography/10788174/guide-for-authors).  

While these guidelines are exemplary in their use of inclusive language, there is no explicit call for the use of inclusive language within them. This contrasts with this simple statement from the journal of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists: (http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/authors/tlcdauth.pdf). For all manuscripts, gender-, race-, and creed-inclusive language is mandatory. 

There is a compelling need within our published evidence base to be inclusive. Inclusive language acknowledges diversity, conveys respect to all people, is sensitive to differences, and promotes equal opportunities. 

UK Council asks conference for support to instruct the editorial board of Radiography to take the opportunity within its written author, reviewer, and editor guidance to proscribe inclusive language and develop guidance to help avoid past pitfalls or habits that may unintentionally lead to deprecation, misrepresentation, or stereotypical language. 

UK COUNCIL

CARRIED
 

MOTION 49

Subject: SoR vs. Gender – A Gender Friendly SCoR 

Conference calls upon UK Council to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for members, and would-be members that do not identify as either male or female, by looking at the IT infrastructure of the Society to see how it can better accommodate their needs. 

EQUALISE

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 50

Subject: Dyslexia Support for Staff Working in the NHS 

As an employer the NHS has a responsibility to support its entire staff and comply with Equalities Act 2010, particularly with regard to reasonable adjustments for disabled staff. 

Dyslexia is a disability. Currently there appears to be no mechanism in place to ensure staff who have been identified as Dyslexic get the support they need on a practical level. Employers often undertake a workplace assessment but in the most part the assessment just tells the employer that staff member is Dyslexic. A further assessment and discussion is required to put in place the practical help required, be it an IT solution or a different coloured plastic screen to change the colour of page, for example. Most websites point to Access to work for further support, however they appear unable to support. 

Conference calls on UK Council to support Reps with additional advice and guidance including where this help can be found, to lobby NHS employers to ensure all Health employers have appropriate access to Dyslexia support and suitable training to understand the issues. 

WALES

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 51
WITHDRAWN

MOTION 52

Subject: Gender Awareness – Understanding Our Own Members Knowledge on Gender 

A survey by the Royal College of Nursing in August 2016 revealed that a large proportion of its membership had received no training in how to best care for transgender patients. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to conduct a survey of the membership of the SCoR in order to determine our own profession’s understanding of gender so that we may better assess our ability to care for patients who may be transgender, intersex or non-binary. 

EQUALISE

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 53

Subject: HPV Virus 

The HPV vaccine (Gardasil) has been offered to females aged 12-13 since 2008 with 86% of year 8 girls completing the full 3 dose course. By comparison, this means that males will not benefit from the vaccination. It is not fair that males should be unprotected against this virus because of their sexuality or due to making contact with an unvaccinated female. Gender-neutral vaccination would be a safer and fairer way to protect the population. 

Conference calls upon UK council to support a campaign to vaccinate all young people with the HPV vaccine to reduce risk of cancer in the future. 

SOUTH EAST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 54 

Subject: NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard - Rooney Rule 

Discrimination is an institutional choice and institutions have to be responsible for solving it. Following the publication of the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard highlighting the underrepresentation of Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff in senior roles in the health service and the soon to be implemented NHS Workforce Disability Standard an opportunity for the Health service to become a more inclusive organisation and have more BAME and disabled staff working in higher paybands. Pay is the clearest indication of whom the NHS values. 

Conference calls on the UK Council to introduce its own version of the Football Association’s“Rooney Rule” as a way to promote diversity and to tackle years of inequality and token gestures for BAME and disabled radiographers. 

EQUALISE

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

Workforce

MOTION 55 

Subject: Radiographer Shortages 

The population of radiographers who are approaching the minimum pension age is ever increasing in the UK. This section of staff have accumulated significant professional experience over their careers. Their proficiency continues to be invaluable in delivering high quality, patient focussed imaging and radiotherapy services. Options to work differently, up until the State Pension age are available. HR departments do have policies on retirement options for staff members. 

However, we are currently losing a section of experienced radiographers because they choose to retire early and/or are not offered the opportunities to work (or return to work) with a new flexible working agreement. Managers often do not encourage or make such a request difficult from this particular group of staff members to eg work part time, job share, avoid working 12 hour shifts. 

This group of staff are a valuable asset and by continuing to remain working will not only assist with the shortages of radiographers in our UK healthcare institutions but can enhance the training of staff with their expertise. 

Conference calls upon UK council to work with employers and the SoR reps to promote the various retirement options to all radiographers so as they approach minimum or pension age should they wish to continue to work or return to work there are flexible options up until or before the statutory pension age. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 56

Subject: Aging Workforce 

Conference recognises that the increase in the state pension age and the abolition of the compulsory retirement age has led to an aging workforce, and that the issue of managing the ever-increasing demand for NHS services by an aging population challenges this even further. 

Conference requests that the SOR provide resources to guide and advise members and managers how to best manage their work and lifestyle, enabling employees to work more effectively in the later years of their NHS service. 

We further ask for the Society to campaign against any further increase in the state pensionable age proposed by the UK government. 

SCOTLAND

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 57

Subject: 5 Year Employment Plan 

It is recognised that there is a problem with retention and high turnover of staff in all the differing profession/specialities within the NHS. The Canadian Government introduced an optional 5 year salary payment plan for government workers.  

An over view of the 5 year Plan is: For 4 years you are paid 4/5s of your salary. On the 5th year you have a sabbatical year being paid 4/5s of your annual salary i.e. the 1/5th that you have not been paid for for 4 years. You have a job to return to post the sabbatical year. This would assist with staff retention, give staff the opportunity to have a paid break for eg study, family time, travel etc. 

If the employer has a finance department that can invest the saved money over the 4 years, any accrued percentage could possibly be invested back into the hospital/ clinic for e.g. new equipment, education, extra staff etc. It would also give the employer the opportunity to employ a new members of staff in the sabbatical year at no extra cost to the Trust and could be used as a mechanism for recruiting new staff. 

Conference calls on the UK Council to work with the Government and the NHS employers to consider the implementation of such a choice for all NHS staff in all the different professions. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

MOTION 58 

Subject: Preceptorship Programme 

The flying start preceptorship programme implemented in Scotland has been found by users to be a very useful and important resource and the online training allows users to work at a time and pace which suits them. 

All of our newly qualified members would benefit from such a resourceful programme. With the volume of new graduates each year it is important that they are supported in their early years of employment and this would provide a more streamlined and equitable preceptorship programme. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to provide support and guidance from the Society of Radiographers to Northern Ireland to help implement a similar preceptorship for their radiographers. 

NORTHERN IRELAND

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 59

Subject: Diagnostic Workforce 

According to the recent Diagnostic Radiography UK workforce report 2016 , diagnostic imaging departments are reporting an average vacancy rate of 13.1% WTE which has increased since the last figure of 7.8% in 2014 .The majority of vacancies are at band 5, the average three-month vacancy rate across all respondents being 8.8%. Of the departments that responded, 51% use diagnostic radiography agency staff on a regular basis to fill the shortfall. 

The cut in funding for healthcare courses starting in September 2017 has already had a substantial impact on the number of undergraduate applications and the introduction of apprenticeships brings unfamiliar territory. With fewer people wanting to enter the healthcare professions and the unknown consequences that Brexit will have on EU staff within the NHS we have to focus on retaining existing staff. 

A report from by the HEE (2015) has identified that the NHS workforce now spans 4 generations and that the most recent generation - Generation Z have very different needs and expectations compared previous generations. 

This conference calls upon UK council to work with the CoR and NHS employers to ensure that there is a robust preceptorship scheme in place to support newly qualified radiographers. 

EASTERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 60 

Subject: Degree Entry and Apprentice Route Sonographers 

Conference notes that the first cohort of Degree Level Sonographers at Birmingham City University are due to qualify in 2019. 

Conference is also aware of the current work in progress to establish a Degree level Apprentice route for Sonographers, it is understood that this route may be up and running in 2019. Conference understands that a recommendation may be made to initiate steps for Sonographer Registration. Conference fully supports Sonographer registration. 

Conference believes that it is essential that there are agreed National terms and conditions for Sonographers undertaking Apprenticeships including a new National Profile under the NHS Job Evaluation Scheme and that there needs to be a detailed SCoR Scope of Practice for degree level Sonographers. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to: 

Continue to actively support Sonographer Registration. 

Support the development of National terms and conditions including a new National Profile for Apprentice Sonographers. 

Initiate the necessary steps to develop a detailed SCoR scope of Practice. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 61 

Subject: Physicians Associates 

Physicians associates were introduced approximately 10 years ago. They are medically trained, generalist healthcare professionals, working alongside with doctors to provide medical care in the multidisciplinary team. They work under direct supervision of consultant medical staff but are able to work autonomously performing varied medical tasks in relation to the diagnosis and management of patients. They work within a defined scope of practice within areas such as general practice, emergency departments and general medical wards.  

The title of Physicians Associate (PA) however is not protected and therefore there is no professional statutory body under which PA are registered. PA is encouraged by the Faculty of Physicians Associates (FPA) to sign up to the voluntary register (Physician Associate Managed Voluntary Register (PAMVR)). As the number of PA increases and their role is broadened within NHS organisations, the consequences of being unable to request radiological examinations could impact upon patient management.  

Conference calls upon UK council to provide guidance and recommendations to the government in support of the FBA’S position in calling for PA to be a registered title, to ensure that PA could request radiological examinations for the benefit and efficiency of patient’s management. 

EASTERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 62

Subject: HCPC Leadership Requirements 

To further enhance the SCoR campaign to embed leadership within the profession. 

Conference calls on UK council to work with the HCPC to emphasise the importance of leadership within their standards. 

SOUTH EAST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 63

Subject: Promotion of Clinical Academics 

Radiographers are completing PhDs during employment and these are often not being used as radiographers can’t progress. The role of a Clinical Academic will allow for career progression for radiographers at PhD level. These clinical academics will be able to undertake research opportunities and this role helps with advanced practice. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to work with NHS and HSC Employers and academic institutions to promote these roles and support them in the development and implementation of them. 

NORTHERN IRELAND

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 64

Subject: Radiographer Skills 

Conference notes the recent publication from the Royal College of Radiologists in October 2017 and news items on the shortages of radiologists leading to a delay in reporting and diagnosing serious conditions. 

Conference calls upon UK council to continue to promote and publicise the role that advanced and consultant practice radiographers have in reducing this crisis by engaging with trusts executive boards to alert them to the very important role that the radiographer can provide and to ensure that the skills of the radiographer are fully utilised. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 65 

Subject: Staffing Levels 

Workforce establishments in both diagnostic and radiotherapy services have been compromised in recent years, as demand increases and fiscal pressures create conflicting priorities for service leaders. This impacts significantly on patients and staff in terms of safety and quality, whilst seriously restricting the scope for service improvement through developing the radiographic workforce. 

Conference acknowledges SCoR’s Principles of Safe Staffing for Radiography Leaders (2015) and recognises the potential difficulties in assigning numerical staffing figures to clinical scenarios, however in the current climate, this guidance does not go far enough. The situation now demands forthright and bold action to give managers and representatives enhanced leverage in support of sustainable service delivery. How can a manager effectively claim to be understaffed when there is no quantitative benchmark? Diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy services are central to the effective delivery of health care. 

The Society of Radiographers is the only body with the legitimacy and knowledge to comment on appropriate staffing levels. Conference calls on UK Council to: Initiate analysis of staffing implementation in Diagnostic Imaging and Radiotherapy services and establish quantitative staffing levels commensurate with the delivery of effective service. 

SCOTLAND 

UK Council will oppose this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 66

Subject: Job Descriptions and Titles 

It seems that each and every NHS organisation uses different titles for different radiographer roles. As radiographers we are a multi-faceted profession. Each radiology department will have certain individuals responsible for differing roles – for instance - paediatric radiographers, angiographic radiographers, RPS radiographers – Dental Radiographers – these titles tend to be based upon an interest in specific fields as opposed to necessarily further training and or education. Titles such as specialist however are ambiguous – does this refer to extra training or not? 

Standardisation of role titles will also help some revert back to name badges as opposed to some who currently have name banners. 

Conference calls upon UK council to seek clarification of job titles within the world of Radiology – this would make it easier for patients to identify from NHS employers who they were imaged by and know their remit/ scope of practice. 

EASTERN REGION

UK Council will oppose this motion

FALLS
 

EDUCATION

MOTION 67

Subject: Referral Requests 

IR(ME)R requires that the clinical information on referrals for radiological examinations must be sufficient in order that the practitioner may make the decision about justifying a medical exposure. 

Adequate clinical information is also relevant to examinations in other modalities. Other relevant information, such as mobility or mental capacity is also important to ensure good patient experience and smooth workflow. 

Whereas we applaud what has already been promoted by the Royal College of Radiologists and College/Society of Radiographers, there are still a significant number of requests being made that are do not contain sufficient clinical and other relevant information needed for operators to justify the exposure. Insufficient clinical information is also a contributory factor for reporting discrepancies (RCR standards of learning from discrepancies). 

Conference calls upon UK council to work with the RCR and other Health Care Professionals to investigate ways of increasing the availability of resources and to look at ways to increase the active promotion of referrers using the Pause & Check Guidance and RCR guidelines for referrers to improve the clinical information provided on examination requests. 

MIDLANDS REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 68 

Subject: Practice Educators 

Some employers do not have a practice educator role in place, and instead rely on staff to fill the role on a voluntary basis. This additional responsibility falls outside their job description, and the admin time that the role demands cannot always be facilitated in a busy clinical setting. 

We call upon council to provide clear and robust guidance for radiology and radiotherapy departments regarding the practice educator role, and to establish standards that every department should be able to meet to ensure that students receive a level of training and support that can adequately meet their educational needs. 

NORTHERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 69 

Subject: Student Tariff 

(Group Debate with Motions 70, 71, 72 and 73)

There is currently a budget allocated to each Trust from Health Education England for training students. According to HEE the money specifically “Covers funding for all direct costs involved in delivering education and training by the provider”. However this money is often kept in a central pot within the employer and not allocated to radiology departments. 

Conference calls on UK Council to ascertain whether this money should be allocated directly to radiology and radiotherapy departments in order to help them provide optimal training and support to student Radiographers and their clinical supervisors. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 70 

Subject: Safe Student Numbers 

Following the removal of the limit on the number of HEI Radiography undergraduate degree places, there is pressure for radiology and radiotherapy departments to train more students to keep pace with demand. There is an ever increasing pressure on radiology and radiotherapy departments to keep pace with the number of students on placement that are in undergraduate training. Over-stretched and under-staffed departments are caught in the cycle of needing to train students who will then hopefully fill the gaps in the workforce shortage. 

Conference calls on UK Council to consider the merits of developing a “safe student supervision” policy. This would consider both the trainees and the trainer so that students receive quality training, and staff are not further stretched so that patient care is not compromised. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 71 

Subject: Reduction in Student Clinical Placement Hours 

HEI’s are under pressure to increase the number of Radiographers in training to avert any further shortage of Radiographers. 

We are aware that to facilitate greater numbers of students on clinical placement at any one time that significant reductions in clinical time have been agreed. At one HEI, diagnostic clinical placement time has dropped from 650 hours per year to 504, leading to a significant drop in the clinical training hours that a student will have over the course of three years. 

It is difficult to understand how a reduction of around 25% of clinical time cannot be detrimental to the education of future students, nor imply that earlier students did more clinical placement time than was necessary. 

Conference calls on UK Council to advise a minimum amount of clinical time for radiography undergraduate students to ensure that quality standards of clinical education are not eroded in order to meet unrealistic pressures to educate more students concurrently. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will oppose this motion

FELL

MOTION 72 

Subject: Addressing Attrition in Therapy Radiography Students 

Therapy radiography has one of the highest attrition rates among all of the allied health profession undergraduate courses offered in the UK. Studies have found that this is highest in the first year. Students put this down to ‘considerable pressure on NHS placements’.  

It should also be noted that many therapy radiography students train in departments many miles from home and/or their university term time addresses and have to seek additional accommodation, affording them additional expenses. This often forces students to work part-time jobs while also attending placements and studying. This 

‘balancing act’ can be physically and psychologically demanding. 

Therapy Radiography courses are challenging and can be socially and geographically isolating for our students, in comparison with their peers whose placement sites are often geographically closer to their permanent or term time addresses. 

 This conference calls upon UK council to address such matters with students directly in order to direct them to appropriate sources of wellbeing support such as the Student Minds campaign. We ask that in visits from the Society of Radiographers professional officers to higher education institutes during student’s first year academic sessions, such matters can be discussed candidly with students in the very early stages of the course. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 73 

Subject: Undergraduate Training in Paediatric Imaging 

Undergraduate training of paediatric imaging and care of the paediatric patient is limited on some courses. Not all radiography students attend a children’s hospital on their clinical placements. 

Although not all qualified students will undertake employment in a children’s hospital 

they will inevitably still come in contact with paediatric patients in different departments in their working lives. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to work with the academic institutions to assess the level of their training on the undergraduate courses and support them in developing more informative training for students in the program if it is required. 

NORTHERN IRELAND

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 74 

Subject: Advancing Clinical Roles 

With shortages of radiologists an issue in the UK this is the time to take the opportunity to promote career progression within Radiography. Consultant and Reporting Radiographers would help greatly to reduce the pressures associated with this shortage. However radiographers are not always supported in their mentorship by radiologists when undertaking the reporting courses and members in Northern Ireland can only access the course on the mainland. This often deters radiographers from taking the opportunity to pursue this area of role development. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to work with NHS and HSC Employers and academic institutions to ensure that commitments are made to support radiographers in their mentorship when undertaking these courses. 

NORTHERN IRELAND

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 75

Subject: Stop or Reverse Cuts to Training Budgets 

Most employers’ staff training budgets have been cut to the bone, or is non-existent. Mandatory training is frequently the only training provided. Whilst we understand the financial constraints placed on NHS Employers and private companies in the current financial climate it can only be to the detriment of patient care that staff are unable to engage in more costly significant and substantial blocks of training. 

Conference calls on UK Council to run a campaign aimed at employers which highlights the beneficial outcome that staff training has on patient mortality and outcomes. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 76 

Subject: Contrast Media Out of Hours 

Radiology services are expanding & demand often outstrips capacity. If all available capacity is utilised there are simply not enough radiologists to provide supervision of all sessions involving contrast media. 

RCR have recently endorsed RANZCR guidelines (Australian & New Zealand college of Radiologists) which states “A medical practitioner (ideally a Radiologist) must be immediately available to attend to the patient in the event of an emergency or complication of iodinated contrast media administration and must be trained in recognising and treating severe contrast media reactions, including anaphylaxis”. 

This guidance is open to interpretation and restricting. If scanners are to be used at full capacity then radiographers should be recognised as being able to do this. NHS Employers could ensure that training in recognition of anaphylaxis is mandatory & consider the introduction of auto injectors in the same way many companies external to NHS have done. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to work with the RCR to endorse the inclusion of recognition of anaphylaxis and the use of auto injectors as mandatory training for radiographers who administer contrast media. 

MIDLANDS REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED
 

SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL

MOTION 77

Subject: The Campaign to End Loneliness 

The UK population in 2016 was 65.6 million people, of these 18% were aged 65 and over, and 2.4% were aged 85 and over. Research carried out by the campaign to end loneliness has found that 17% of older people are in contact with family and friends less than once a week, and 11% are in contact less than once a month. Loneliness in the older population is a real problem. The associated health risks of social isolation are comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and greater than the risks associated with obesity. 

UK Council calls upon conference to support their endorsement of the campaign to end loneliness, who seek to build and communicate a strong evidence base, and influence long term policy change that can benefit the largest number of people throughout the UK. 

UK COUNCIL

CARRIED
 

MOTION 78 

Subject: Rise in Homelessness 

We are seeing a rise in the number of rough sleepers and homelessness - the causes for this are likely to be complex, but the introduction of the universal credit has exacerbated the situation. 

It also has not helped that Simon Dudley (Council leader for Windsor), rather than try to help in a proactive way to help find a solution, has used social media to suggest that these are not valued members of society, but merely an eye sore that should be moved on and hidden. 

We call upon council to join with other like-minded organisations to show our support in finding a proactive way of reducing the number of homelessness and rough sleepers. 

SOUTH WEST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 79

Subject: Refugee Crisis 

There appears to be abandonment to the plight of the refugees that are currently living in squalid conditions in Europe with no plan to give these people a decent life in the future. Thousands of people are currently marooned in Greece, Serbia and Italy.  

As we all have the right to expect some value to our lives - Conference calls upon council to join with other supportive bodies to ensure the refugees are not forgotten and are given opportunities to live in a safe, clean environment. 

SOUTH WEST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

CARRIED

MOTION 80

Subject: Waste Management 

The environmental impact of poor waste management of single use plastics in radiography examinations and treatment is significant. Within the NHS more can be done to reduce the amount of plastic waste that is produced. It is possible to manage waste in a more environmentally friendly way through the use of recycling or re-use by patients. 

We call on UK Council to run a campaign encouraging members to: 

consider initiatives that reduce the volume of single use plastics; 

re-use plastic items where clinically appropriate; 

ensure that recyclable plastics used in Radiology departments are always disposed of as plastics for recycling and not in general department waste. 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION

UK Council will support this motion

REMITTED TO UK COUNCIL

MOTION 81

Subject: World’s Oceans 

In some parts of the world’s oceans it is estimated that there are over 0.5 million pieces of plastic for every square km of water. Greenpeace say the equivalent of a truckload of rubbish is dumped into the sea every minute. In the United Kingdom we use more than 35 million plastic bottles every year. Buying a bottle of water to stay hydrated during the day on your way into work is quick and convenient, however usually the bottle is then thrown into the domestic waste bin. Thereafter who knows where it goes. This conference believes that the NHS should provide fresh, mains sourced drinking water for all staff and patients using and working within NHS services. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to lobby government to ban the sale of bottled water by “in-house” chain retailers and instead encourage trusts to adopt either ethical water fountain exchange schemes or to install mains-sourced drinking water to be freely available to all staff and patients. 

EASTERN REGION

UK Council will support this motion

REMITTED TO UK COUNCIL
 

MISCELLANEOUS

MOTION 82

Subject: Capacity and Sustainability 

It has come to the attention of conference that due to the changes in the N.P.P.F. (National Planning Policy Framework) that Local Authorities are coming under increasing pressure to build on Green Belt and farmland. New Garden towns and cities are even being proposed while at the same time NHS budgets are being cut. The huge amount of building proposed equates to a 10% rise in population in some areas of the South East by 2030. 

There are serious worries concerning current levels of investment in the infrastructure to cope with this, alongside the aging population. Can the Health Care we provide be sustainable and how is it going to be provided? 

Conference calls upon UK Council to work with groups such as the Clinical Imaging Board and the Radiotherapy Board with a view to investigate and publish (so freely available to NHS Commissioners) a UK wide survey on the impact of the ever growing population and making sure local infrastructure such as health care supports housing increases. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will oppose this motion

REMITTED TO UK COUNCIL

MOTION 83 

Subject: SoR Membership Payment Options 

Currently the direct debit payment date for SoR membership has one fixed date each month. It has been noted that some members would like more flexibility in when this payment is taken in order to manage their personal finances better. 

Conference calls upon UK Council to investigate if the SoR could give different payment date options per month for members to make this possible. 

LONDON REGION

UK Council will support this motion

REMITTED TO UK COUNCIL

MOTION 84 

Subject: Room Sharing at ADC 

Conference notes that during the past few years, the Annual delegates Conference (ADC) delegates have had to be accommodated in 2-3 hotels rather than just using the hotel the actual conference is taking place in. Many delegates have a twin room that is occupied by only one person. 

We call upon Council to support an option, that when requesting a seat at ADC, delegates who wish to share a hotel room with someone they know, may opt to do so. 

SOUTH WEST REGION

UK Council will support this motion

REMITTED TO UK COUNCIL

MOTION 85

Subject: Fixed Odds Betting Terminals 

Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) are electronic machines, sited in betting shops, which  contain a variety of games, including roulette. Each machine accepts bets for amounts up to a pre-set maximum and pays out according to fixed odds on the simulated outcomes of games. 

Unlike fruit machines in pubs, bingo halls and amusement arcades where cash stakes are limited to £2, gamblers are able to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds on FOBTs, more than four times as fast as the rate of play in casinos. Empirical evidence suggests FOBTs are the most addictive form of gambling. The gross gambling yield of the Great British gambling industry from FOBTS for April 2016 to March 2017 was £1.8 billion. 

Conference calls on UK Council to lobby both the UK and the devolved 

Governments to reduce the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals to a maximum of £2 per spin. 

SCOTLAND

UK Council will support this motion

REMITTED TO UK COUNCIL

MOTION 86 

Subject: Diaries 

SoR reps are sent an SoR diary every year but do reps actually use these diaries when a smartphone diary is often the preferred way of noting events. Smart phones are commonplace in today’s digital world and are multipurpose. It seems a waste of money and paper to be providing diaries which are not used when there may be something more appropriate and useful to a rep. 

Conference calls upon UK council to survey all diary recipients to determine their preference. 

MIDLANDS REGION

UK Council will support this motion

REMITTED TO UK COUNCIL

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