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EMERGENCY MOTIONS

EMERGENCY MOTION 1
Subject: NHS pay and industrial action in Northern Ireland
UK Council and Conference congratulates members in Northern Ireland who, for the third occasion, took strike action on 13 March.
Conference notes that this action and the March and Rally was exceptionally well supported by both diagnostic and therapy members.
Conference is most disappointed that to date the Northern Ireland Assembly  has made no offer on pay for 2015 – 16 or indeed met with the Northern Ireland NHS trades unions to discuss pay despite repeated requests.
Conference further notes that the RCM ballot on Industrial Action closes on 20th April. The RCM have advised that in the event of a yes vote then strike action and action short of strike is likely to commence on 30th April.
Conference expresses its strong and continued support for our members in Northern Ireland in their continuing dispute.
UK Council calls on the SoR to:
• Endorse further industrial action.
• Liaise with the RCM to co-ordinate industrial action wherever possible.
• Work with other Northern Ireland trades unions to seek urgent talks with the Northern Ireland Assembly.
• Write to Northern Ireland Assembly MLAs and Political Parties seeking an urgent resolution to the dispute.
UK Council
MOTION CARRIED

EMERGENCY MOTION 2
Subject: Devolution of Healthcare Funding
We note with dismay the statement that funding for health within the Greater Manchester Area is to be devolved down to the relevant Local Authorities and be combined with the Social Care Budget they already hold. Also that funding may also be devolved down to other conurbations within England.
Conference calls upon UK Council to issue a statement on the SoRs position in respect of this as the word National would no longer be relevant in the name of our healthcare service, The National Health Service.
Midlands Region
MOTION CARRIED

COMPOSITE EMERGENCY MOTION 3
Subject: The Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) - Proposed increase in Registration Renewal and Other Fees
This conference is shocked and disappointed that the HCPC has announced a proposal to increase its fees to registrants by inflation busting amounts.
If passed:
The fee for renewal of registration will rise by £10 (£80 - £90) equal to 12.5%
The scrutiny fee for applicants from approved programmes by £7 (£56 - £63) equal to 12.5%
Readmission fee by £25 (£200 - £225) equal to 12.5%
Restoration fee by £385 (£200 - £585) equal to 12.5%
Scrutiny fee for international and EEA applications by £55 (£440 - £495) equal to 12.5%
And the scrutiny fee for grandparenting applications by £55 (£440 - £495) equal to 12.5%
This level of increase is required by The HCPC say in order to fund is increased costs due to a levy imposed under legislation on the HCPC payable to the Professional Standards Agency. The increase in fees will also insure the HCPC can invest in IT systems, introduce dedicated quality control systems and manage fitness to practise processes and perform as an effective and efficient regulator.
This conference believes that an increase of the proposed magnitude at a time when HCPC registrants have suffered under the austerity measures of the coalition government where pay has been frozen and increments withheld is unacceptable, unnecessary and yet another slap in the face for dedicated healthcare professionals.
A 12.5% increase when official figures for inflation rates are currently showing that inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index is at 0% is nothing short of scandalous.
This conference calls on UK Council to work with other trade unions and interested parties to lobby the relevant bodies in order to stop the proposed increases.
South East Region and South West Region
MOTION CARRIED

 

SOR POLICY

MOTION 1
Subject: Political Fund
This Conference notes the passing of The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014. Conference also notes the additional restrictions this places on Trades Unions’ ability to campaign effectively on behalf of their members.
Conference believes it is fundamental to the role of the SOR to mount campaigns on behalf of its members as appropriate. It is important that SOR members have a voice that can be properly expressed.
Conference further believes that to ensure that the SOR can campaign and speak up for its members in any activity that could be seen as political the SOR should seek to establish a Political Fund. Conference recognises that the Rules of the Society will need to be amended and a ballot of members held, both subject to the approval of The Certification Officer and the Certification Officer for Northern Ireland.
Conference therefore calls on UK Council to enter into immediate discussions with The Certification Officer and the Certification Officer for Northern Ireland to make the necessary arrangements with a view to balloting members at the earliest opportunity.
LONDON REGION
Add ‘and the Certification Officer for Northern Ireland’
Amendment submitted by Northern Ireland
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

COMPOSITE MOTION 1
Subject: SCOR Campaign Materials
Following recent strike action this Conference notes that there were limited materials available to reps. While we are grateful for the campaign materials which have been used to great effect during the current industrial action and recognise there has been much improvement there is still more to do. For example in stark contrast to our other union colleagues’ banners, our paper A5 “flags” were the ‘poor cousin’ on the picket line.
In addition, during the first wave of the action it became clear that the materials distributed and available for download to Scottish reps did not accurately reflect the situation in Scotland or feature staff in the NHS Scotland uniform which was introduced in 2010 and has still not featured on SOR posters.
This Conference therefore calls upon UK Council to consider moving towards a system whereby Regional Committees and National Councils may be able to actively order their own materials from an SoR approved outside provider, so as to ensure there are sufficient materials available to each rep, which could include providing a re-usable resource that easily identifies us as SoR members. This will ensure when undertaking a UK-wide campaign that materials are provided to each country with relevant information and the correct uniform to allow members of the public to identify the radiography workforce and the reasons behind each campaign.
Furthermore Conference calls upon UK Council to investigate and report back to regions and countries on the various possibilities of providing a re-usable resource that easily identifies us as SoR members which should be

  • professional
  • easily reproducible
  • fit for purpose
  • available in adequate quantities

and could include a reasonably sized reusable fabric flag with the ‘Sunburst’ logo and ‘SoR’, which could be used as a focal point for industrial action, local marches, study days, World Radiography Day and other events; logos we can print ourselves to iron on transfers and posters that indicate whether the action being taken is part of a national campaign or a local dispute.
SCOTTISH COUNCIL
WELSH COUNCIL
MIDLANDS AND SOUTHWEST REGION
Add ‘by’ ‘may be able’ ‘SoR approved’
Amendment submitted by Midlands Region
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 2
Subject: Engagement with Regions and Countries
We applaud the communication from SoR in the main but there are occasions where this appears to be after the policy has become policy. We would rather foster a more open approach to professional issues that will impact on members’ careers. There needs to be more emphasis given to obtaining feedback/input by engaging with Regions and Countries. If this should be being done through Council members, they could need better guidance on which topics are confidential and which they can openly report back to their respective Region/Country.
Conference calls on UK Council to ensure that Regions/Countries are made aware of forthcoming policies via Chairs/Secretaries and the Council member(s) so that they can make comments and suggest amendments before the policies are approved and published. 
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 3
Subject: Combining Online Activism & Trade Unionism
The Internet has proved to be an essential tool for effective research, organisation and mobilisation of political groups and movements. Its use has directly aided the NHS with campaigns to keep open hospitals that were threatened with closure, to block harmful legislation and by dragging covert policy such as Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) into the public arena.
Conference calls upon UK Council to make better use of the internet and social media.
WELSH COUNCIL
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 4
Subject: Terminology
Conference calls upon UK Council to consider and promote a change of terminology in regards to the outdated term “Plain film Radiography”
NORTHWEST REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 5
Subject: ADC Equality Motions 
The SOR Equality Committee, known as Equalise, has not met for several years and has had no activity. The Second Report from ADC 2014 shows that motions 23 and 26 were passed to Equalise for action. As it has not been a functioning committee it is unclear what has been done to meet these motions requirements.
Therefore this Conference calls on the SOR to:

  • Ensure that the committee meets to deal with matters of equality.
  • Ensure that the requirements of motions, from past conferences, on equality issues are met as a matter of urgency.

SCOTTISH COUNCIL
UK Council will support this motion
REMITTED TO COUNCIL

MOTION 6
Subject: Bullying of Students
We are aware of the magnificent efforts that have been achieved so far in highlighting the bullying of students and we continue to address this problem as an organisation. However there is anecdotal evidence to suggest that bullying is still occurring in certain Trusts.
Conference calls upon UK Council to investigate the true extent of bullying and evaluate what further action can be taken to break this cycle.
MIDLANDS REGION
Add ‘highlighting’ ‘the true extent of bullying and evaluate’ ‘action’ and ‘taken’
Amendment submitted by Scottish Council
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 7
Subject: Media Subscription In The Digital Age
Currently the SCoR routinely distributes a number of publications on a monthly basis to its members, e.g. Synergy News, Image and Therapy Practice and Radiography.
Due to the wide range of topics covered in these publications articles are often irrelevant or of limited interest to individuals. There are now a number of methods by which media can be digitised and distributed or made available. There are significant environmental benefits including paper saving and pollution from transportation. Other benefits of adopting this method may include:

  • Increased visitors/hits to www.sor.org. (Perhaps increase advertising revenue)
  • Increased awareness of www.sor.org features e.g. archives, CPD now, e-learning
  • Increased dialogue through existing forums plus ‘comments’ system for articles
  • Advanced search capabilities
  • Possible cost-saving

Hard copy publications could still be offered for a nominal fee. The level of benefits and costs associated with this will be dependent on the level of services offered digitally.
Conference calls on UK Council to survey the current requirements of subscribers/members of the SCoR and to evaluate the financial impact of moving to a primarily digital/online platform.
SOUTH EAST REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION FAILED

MOTION 8
Subject: The Welsh Language
The Welsh Language Act (1993) places a duty on public bodies to ensure that Welsh and English are treated with equal status. Staff are not allowed to display materials in public areas that are not bilingual.
This Conference calls on UK Council to ensure that SOR materials produced which are intended for public display are available in a format that ensures that English text is easily replaceable by text in Welsh.
WELSH COUNCIL
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 9
Subject: Private Sector Support
Information obtained from headquarters of the Society of Radiographers (SoR) demonstrates that 7% of members are currently employed in the private sector. Members moving from the NHS into the private sector can find the process daunting, and having known where to get support from local reps previously, may feel exposed, and in need of reassurance of the SoR’s commitment to these members. There is no information dedicated to these members readily available on the website or in Synergy.
Conference calls upon UK Council to provide an area on the SoR website committed to its members working in the private sector.
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will listen to the debate
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 10
Subject: #hellomynameis campaign
On the back of the #hellomynameis campaign which has encouraged staff to greet patients more professionally through introducing themselves at the point of contact and their role, some members are being approached by patients on social media websites who have been in their care.
A solution could be for it to be emphasised for a health care professional to introduce themselves by first name and job title. This would keep in spirit with the success of #hellomynameiscampaign, and provide most patients with as much information as they might require about their Radiographer(s).
Conference calls on UK Council to issue guidance to SOR members on protecting themselves on social media sites, and what appropriate action they should take if they encounter harassment from an individual patient.  
YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION
UK Council will oppose this motion
MOTION FAILED

COMPOSITE MOTION 2
Subject: Promotion of Membership Benefits 
There are many great advantages of SOR membership which are accessible only to Society members. SOR membership provides many advantages which are not offered from any other union or professional body. Conference believes that there is greater potential for promoting what the SOR provides for members.
This Conference calls upon the UK Council to develop and distribute an up to date poster and a welcome pack that will include further information about professional groups, working parties and access to reduced rates, that will be distributed to education providers and workplaces to promote the benefits of SOR membership that other unions cannot offer.
The target audience will include the entire radiographic workforce including practitioners, assistants, assistant practitioners, support workers and with particular focus on student radiographers and newly qualified radiographers.
NORTHERN IRELAND COUNCIL
NORTHERN REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 11
Subject: Learning in the Digital Age
Restrictions in both funding and protected study time will be further complicated as we move toward ‘seven’ day working. Now is the time to address these barriers to learning.
Whereas we applaud the work already done to move forward in the area of online resources, there are a tremendous amount of learning opportunities being undertaken in local CPD sessions that are being lost to a wider audience.
With the opportunities available in the digital world this should be harnessed as a resource for use by members for other members. Recorded local CPD sessions could be used with articles on the site and in “Imaging & Therapy Practice” to provide a blended learning experience.
Obviously this would need to be regulated professionally, but there is also a digital requirement for the format of any submissions. We also note that the output format needs to be viewable on Trust PCs, as “You Tube” is normally not accessible.
Conference calls upon UK Council to investigate the potential of sharing appropriate sessions via the SoR website as learning opportunities and produce guidelines for digital submissions.
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 12
Subject: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill
This Conference notes with approval the Private Members Bill presented by Clive Efford MP. Conference also notes that this Bill reflects key points that are consistent with SOR policy and that the SOR have been fully supportive during its progress in Parliament. However Conference recognises that with the impending General Election on the 7th May, there is no prospect of this Bill passing into law this Parliament.
Conference therefore calls on UK Council to continue to actively support the Bill up to and post the General Election if necessary.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 13
Subject: Transgender Issues
We often forget the range of people that we deal with in our working lives, both colleagues and patients, and the personal issues they may deal with. Chances are that during our working lives we will meet a Transgender patient or colleague at some point. Transgender people are often bullied, harassed and mistreated. Many Transgender people feel that their only option is to take their own life to escape the pain that they feel.
Conference calls on the SOR to:

  • Release guidance to reps on supporting Transgender colleagues
  • Release a statement on Transgender issues and how Transgender patients should be clinically managed and supported

SCOTTISH COUNCIL
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 14
Subject: Challenging Homophobia
Tackling homophobic bullying in schools has been on the SOR agenda since 2012 with motions at ADC and TUC being passed unanimously. Stonewall regularly run campaigns to raise awareness of the issue, the 2014 campaign ‘ No Bystanders’, featured a 60 second film and encourages people to check their own language and pledge not to be a bystander whenever they hear it from others. Stonewall campaigns and the support they offer has grown and now covers all areas in society from schools to the workplace.
This Conference calls on UK Council to restate publically our support for Stonewall campaigns and work by:

  • Placing a link to Stonewall on the Website
  • Engaging with Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2015
  • Supporting the ‘appointment’ of diversity champions by providing advice and guidance 
  • Adding the Stonewall fundraising button to the Website

WELSH COUNCIL
UK Council will ask for this motion to be remitted
REMITTED TO COUNCIL

MOTION 15
Subject: Whistleblowing
A majority of patients in hospitals are referred to Radiology. In circumstances where members observe or become aware of an issue and want to raise concerns, it is important that they are well informed about the process and consequences.
Conference calls upon UK Council to investigate and provide guidance on where to seek advice if members have issues they wish to raise or need to whistleblow, thereby improving their awareness of “raising concerns” within the profession.
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will support this Motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 16
Subject: Accuracy of Campaign Information
During the first wave of the NHS Pay industrial action campaign it became clear that the information on the SOR website did not accurately reflect the situation in Scotland. On the morning of the 20th October, the statement issued by HQ to the media for the campaign in Scotland was inaccurate and reflected the position in England, not in Scotland.
Therefore this Conference calls upon UK Council to ensure, when undertaking a UK-wide campaign in the future, that up to date information is available for the membership of each country on both the website and in the media.
SCOTTISH COUNCIL
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

 

PAY TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

MOTION 17
Subject: Annex T
Annex T is part of the Agenda for Change (AfC) terms and conditions, which have never been correctly implemented in the majority of Radiography departments. Attempts to push forward on this have never been met with a large amount of success.
Conference calls on Council to insist on a whole scale rewording of Annex T as part of any changes to the AfC agreement to make it implicit that it applies to all professions who enter onto the pay scale on band 5.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 18
Subject: Job re-Evaluation
With roles rapidly extending in specialist areas, those who have developed greater skills in some modalities are being left behind. This is particularly noticeable in plain film radiography, where departments run with a predominance of Band 5 radiographers.
We are aware of the Society’s continued campaign to promote plain film as a specialisation in its own right. In order to reward experience and enhanced working practice, colleagues working to a to Band 6 level need their role to be matched under job evaluation.
Conference calls upon UK Council to run a campaign to ensure members are aware of the Job Evaluation process and provide guidance for Reps and members to enable them to successfully achieve evaluation at the correct level.
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 19
Subject: Protecting Terms and Conditions
Increasingly the terms and conditions of NHS staff are being eroded; most recently it has been suggested that enhancements paid to staff when working out of core hours are unsustainable and should be reduced or removed.
Conference asks that the SoR campaigns alongside other healthcare unions to ensure that Agenda for Change terms and conditions are protected. 
NORTHERN REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 20
Subject: Pay Review body and Unsocial Hours
The Pay Review Body has recommended to the Coalition Government that they introduce, by ‘negotiation’ or imposition, the delivery of ‘out-of-hours’ working on the cheap by cutting the pay received for working unsocial hours. Once again this demonstrates the contempt the Coalition Government has for anyone working in the public sector.
Conference calls on UK Council to oppose any changes to out-of-hours payments.
WELSH COUNCIL
UK Council will support this motion
REMITTED TO COUNCIL

COMPOSITE MOTION 3
Subject: Protected study time for Society of Radiographers Members
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) require all professional registrants to maintain an up to date and accurate record of Continual Professional Development (CPD) activities.
The Society believes that all members have a right to protected study time. Protected study time is defined as ‘a contractually agreed allocation of hours or days per annum, to be taken by the employee for the purposes of self-directed study and other CPD activities’. The Society’s long term aim is to allow members protected study time equivalent of 10% of contracted hours worked.
The HCPC run a biannual check on the registered radiographers, picking names randomly, who must then evidence that they are adhering to their regulation, ie keeping an up to date CPD folder. Many members do not receive any time out from their department to participate in CPD activities during their contracted work hours. This puts pressure on members to complete CPD activities during their own time.
Conference calls upon UK Council promote protected study time, encouraging clinical departments to allow members protected study time.
Conference further calls on UK Council to lobby the Department of Health and NHS Employers to make it a condition of employment that staff get protected study time to be able to populate their CPD folder.
YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 21
Subject: Monitoring all devolved governments to campaign for equitable pay and conditions for NHS staff
It is becoming more evident that there is an accelerated fragmentation of NHS pay and conditions between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. In Northern Ireland the recommendations of the independent Pay Review Body have not been implemented. It is well documented that during periods of financial constraint and cost saving measures where there is a shift towards moving away from standardised national terms for pay and conditions, the additional local resources required to manage decentralised models of pay determination become more complex and costly, outweighing any immediate gains arising from any such move. In public services, the transparency and consistency of national pay determination contributes to the promotion of employee motivation, equality and mobility.
Standardisation is critical to the fairness of a pay system and the principle should be equal pay for work of equal value. NHS employers and governments must consider the costs and benefits associated with national pay determination, relative to more decentralised arrangements, particularly in a period of financial constraint. Increased local pay determination will have major transactional, relational and pay bill costs.
This Conference calls on UK Council to lobby NHS employers and governments to restore parity to NHS terms and conditions of employment and to move away from mixed arrangements. 
NORTHERN IRELAND COUNCIL
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 22
Subject: Agenda for Change Terms and Conditions 
With the recent decision of the Scottish public to remain within the union and the Government’s commitment for devolution of powers to the four Countries and a solution to the West Lothian question, Conference calls upon Council to campaign each NHS Trust and Health boards of the devolved countries to remain committed to, and prevent further fragmentation of, the National terms and conditions of Agenda for Change.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

 

PUBLIC POLICY

 

MOTION 23
Subject: Salary Sacrifice Schemes
There are many salary sacrifice schemes which are operated by NHS Trusts across the UK which offer staff the opportunity to purchase high ticket goods such as cars or laptop computers. This Conference believes that insufficient information is given at the time of purchase regarding the detrimental, long term effect on pensions for example.
Conference notes that in the civil service, local government and teachers schemes allowances are made so that participation in salary sacrifice does not reduce pensionable pay for prescribed types of salary sacrifice scheme.
Conference calls on UK Council to work with other NHS Trades Unions to make representations to NHS Scheme Advisory Board to bring the NHS Scheme in line with other public sector schemes.
UK Council urges Conference to support action to publicise that members in the NHS Scheme are at a disadvantage in comparison with other public sector workers
UK COUNCIL
Add paragraphs 2 and 3 and highlighted text in paragraph 4
Amendment submitted by London Region
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 24
Subject: Save our libraries 
Members will undoubtedly be aware of the crisis facing Britain’s public libraries with unprecedented levels of closures and the threat of a radical cutting of services nationwide. This will inevitably make the vital tools that help to boost the literacy of under privileged children harder to access as well as hampering internet access to those who do not have a computer at home at a time when more and more Government services are exclusively available on line.
Conference calls on UK Council to stand in solidarity with those groups that are trying to resist this trend, such as the registered charity ‘The Library Campaign’ and also to support Save the Children’s ‘Read On. Get On.’ campaign that aims to tackle childhood poverty through increased levels of literacy.
EASTERN REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 25
Subject: Loss of Key Worker Housing
In 2001 the Starter Home Initiative (SHI) was introduced to provide financial assistance to purchase first homes for key workers, who would otherwise have been unable to afford home ownership in London and the South East and may have left the area where their skills were needed. The Key Worker Living scheme superseded the SHI in 2004 and extended options to affordable renting and home ownership, not just first time buyers.
Now, in 2015 there are no affordable housing schemes exclusive to key workers. Instead the Government have provided Affordable Home Ownership Schemes for England. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have different but similar schemes.
In the shared ownership schemes there is no priority given to key workers. Where there is a competitive situation preference is understandably given to local authority and housing association tenants. Ministry of Defence personnel and applicants living and working in the area tend to have next priority and therefore key workers have no favourable access to affordable housing. The NHS is facing a chronic shortage of nurses, especially in London, partly due to the cost of living. Urgent attention must be given to nurses and other key workers who have essential skills to offer better affordable housing schemes to ensure they continue to work in the area.
This Conference calls on UK Council to lobby the Government to reintroduce a key worker housing scheme which will enable key workers priority access to affordable housing which in turn should ensure essential skills remain in the areas needed.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 26
Subject: The Radiographic Assistant’s role in Quality Assurance (QA)
There are instances where Radiographic Assistants are carrying out QA checks on radiographic equipment.
Conference calls upon UK Council to work with the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) and other relevant bodies if applicable, to assess the appropriateness of this practice, and if the practice is deemed suitable, to develop and provide guidance on the Radiographic Assistant’s role in carrying out QA in an imaging department, to include guidance on training requirements. 
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will oppose this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 27
Subject: Rural Financing
Conference calls upon Council to lobby the Department of Health to negotiate for a Rural Trust Financial Weighting (FW). The provision of a financial incentive would be an additional benefit to attract full time staff to Rural Trusts. This would in turn alleviate the heavy financial burden incurred by having to employ very expensive locum and bank staff. 
NORTH WEST REGION
UK Council will listen to the debate
MOTION FAILED

MOTION 28
Subject: Involvement in Political Debate
In September 2014, the Scottish Independence Referendum took place. As a result of this constitutional referendum, a significant number of people throughout the UK started to question the way Great Britain is governed. There is currently much debate about the role of MPs and who should be allowed to vote on English only issues. There is also growing support for greater powers for the big cities in England, which will give them the opportunity to have a greater input into how some monies are spent locally. Many people now see Westminster as remote from their local issues.  
This Conference calls upon the UK Council, in cooperation with other trade unions, to enter into this debate to give trade unionists a voice and input into any debate.
SCOTTISH COUNCIL
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 29
Subject: Alcohol Use
According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre in 2012-13, there were an estimated 1,008,850 admissions related to alcohol consumption where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for hospital admission or a secondary diagnosis in England. This is causing a strain on services and a huge cost pressure.
Therefore Conference calls upon UK Council to affiliate with the charity Alcohol Concern, to help them actively campaign to improve alcohol awareness.
SOUTHWEST REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 30
Subject: Political parties and donations limits
Unite have done some research into connections between political parties and healthcare companies. They found that 65 Tories and five Lib Dems have some sort of link with private health companies. The Guardian has calculated that 15 firms with Tory links have won NHS contracts worth £1.5bn
This Conference calls on UK Council to campaign for a similar limit on ‘private donations’ to political parties as that placed on the trade unions by the Lobbying Act.
WELSH COUNCIL
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 31
Subject: Obesity
A report from the European Commission showed that the obesity rate in the UK has increased over the past decade, making it the second highest in the European Union.
Obesity can cause a number of further problems, from difficulties with daily activities to serious health conditions. The NHS is going to fund a new national programme, proven to work, that will offer tens of thousands of people at risk of obesity proper support to get healthier, eat better and exercise more
This Conference calls upon UK Council to support the NHS national programme to reduce obesity and to actively take part in campaigns to help reduce obesity rates. 
YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

COMPOSITE MOTION 4
Subject: Government Policy on Industrial Action
Conference applauds the years of hard work undertaken by the trade union movement in ensuring that workers have the right to actively participate in legal industrial action. The current Government plans to change legislation to make it more difficult for unions to take industrial action and further erode our ability to strike in future.
The Conservative General Election Manifesto will contain detail of sweeping changes aimed at making it harder for public sector workers to strike. They aim to:

  • Introduce a 50% turnout threshold for strikes
  • Reform picketing rules to make the current code of practice on pickets legally binding, and make illegal picketing a criminal offence
  • Force unions to provide specific details about the nature of the dispute and a requirement to vote on each aspect of the dispute
  • Extend the notice period unions are required to give employers from seven days to 14 days before industrial action
  • Remove the requirement to trigger action within four weeks of a ballot and set a firm time limit of three months on the duration of the mandate

Conference calls upon UK Council to work with all other relevant trade unions to campaign against this attack, to strongly resist any changes in union legislation that would compromise our ability to take industrial action and to make appropriate representation to ministers to ensure that workers’ rights are not eroded further.
Conference also calls on UK Council to:

  • Participate in any national campaigns on this issue organised by the TUC 
  • Lobby MPs on this issue
  • Raising awareness of this issue both within SoR membership and publicly
  • Create an SoR campaign logo for use in all materials

WELSH COUNCIL
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 32 
Subject: PFI
Recently Northumbria Health Care NHS Foundation Trust borrowed £114,000,000 from the local Council to pay off private contractors who built and ran Hexham General Hospital. This has led to savings of about £3,500,000 each year for the next 19 years. A total of nearly £67,000,000 saved, which can be used to provide health care rather than add to the profits of the ‘Catalyst Consortium’.
This Conference calls upon UK Council to lobby the Government to offer interest free loans to all NHS Trusts that have outstanding PFI contracts to enable them to buy themselves out.
London Region
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 33
Subject: Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP)
TTIP is a proposal for the world’s biggest trade agreement between the EU and US Government. The agreement has been largely discussed behind closed doors without public consultation and the benefits to the public, if any, are unknown. One clause of the agreement that has come to light is known as Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS). This will, if the agreement is passed, allow multi-national corporations to sue governments if their policies negatively affect profits. The Government has not ruled out the involvement of the NHS in this deal which opens it up to privatisation from American companies.
Conference notes with concern that the Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada has already been negotiated but is still waiting approval In the EU. This Agreement contains many of the provisions contained in TTIP and if approved by the EU will set a precedent for TTIP.
This Conference calls on the SOR to:

  • Become involved with the debate on CETA and TTIP alongside other Trade Unions.
  • Campaign that it does not pass unless a firm commitment is made to exclude the public sector.

SCOTTISH COUNCIL
Add Paragraph 2 and ‘CETA and’
Amendment submitted by London Region
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 34
Subject: Rationalising of Healthcare
In October 2014 the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group announced measures that smokers would have to quit smoking 8 weeks before routine surgery and those with a BMI above 35 would be required to lose weight before routine surgery. These plans have currently been shelved due to the public’s response.
Conference calls upon UK Council to work with other unions to campaign against health policies which ration healthcare solely on the basis of lifestyle.
SOUTHWEST REGION
UK Council will listen to the debate
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 35
Subject: Non Medical Referrers
It is well publicised how accident and emergency departments are having to cope with an increase in patient attendance. This in turn is impacting on imaging departments who are also feeling the strain. To improve patient care some Nurse Practitioners have acquired further role extension in the ability to request x-rays on patients. The amount of requests from non medical referrers has now substantially risen.
As a result radiographers are receiving imaging requests formulated by non medical referrers which do not provide enough clinical information for the radiographer to ‘justify’ the exposures. Other examples are: clinical information does not match up with the anatomical area requested, or more than two anatomical areas are requested when the patient has only injured one.
A lot of the radiographer’s time is now spent deciphering the clinical information, questioning the patient, checking the referrer’s requesting rights and login, and discussing with the referrer to gain more clinical information to ‘justify’ the exposures.
Conference calls upon UK Council to develop further/re-issue advice on the responsibilities held by non medical referrers in requesting imaging for patients to ensure mistakes are not made, and free up the radiographer’s time.
YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION
UK Council will oppose this motion
MOTION FAILED

MOTION 36
Subject: Smoking
Conference calls on Council to lobby the governments in all four Countries of the United Kingdom to amend their various Acts of Law which make it illegal to smoke indoors. The law should be extended to also make it illegal to smoke within the grounds of a hospital or health care facility, not just within the confines of the building. This will give hospitals the necessary power to impose a smoke free environment, to comply with the NIHCE recommendations.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 37
Subject: Access to GPs
People are struggling to access GP resources when needed and therefore attend emergency departments, putting added pressure on front line services, including diagnostics. In a period where there are numerous media reports of emergency departments in crisis, improving GP access to patients is one way pressure on these services can be reduced. Whilst many radiology departments (and other hospital departments/clinics) now provide seven day working with twelve hour days for routine diagnostic examinations, surely it is time the patient’s first port of call, the GP, should also match this extended access model.
Conference calls on the SOR to lobby the UK and devolved administrations’ Health ministers to improve access to General Practitioners throughout the country.
SCOTTISH COUNCIL
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 38
Subject: Bed Blocking
This Conference notes that in late 2014 some hospital trusts in England implemented a policy allowing formal court proceedings to take place in order to “evict” patients within 7 days of being confirmed fit for discharge.
Conference calls upon UK Council to lobby the Government and NHS England to work with Trusts to:

  • promote good communication with patients and families to ensure a smooth hospital discharge
  • to reconsider funding in the community to ensure facilities are available to patients awaiting discharge
  • not allow hospital trusts to ‘hold families to ransom’ via the threat of court action.

SOUTHWEST REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 39
Subject: Pay day loans
With the continued squeeze on living standards for our members, a number of Trusts have taken to promoting ‘tax-free’ pay day loan companies to help staff with sublimating forms of income.
Conference calls on Council to campaign and promote that if Trusts advertise forms of borrowing they should be ethical in nature e.g. mutual credit unions, and be of benefit to our members.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

 

THE NHS

 

MOTION 40
Subject: Cancer Treatment Fund
This Conference believes that the current cancer policy under the Cancer Drugs Fund prioritises treatment of cancer with drugs over other cancer treatments such as radiotherapy and surgery and that this unfairly advantages some groups of patients over others.
This Conference also believes that a Cancer Treatment Fund will ensure that all patients get access to the most appropriate treatment for them.
UK Council seeks the support of this Conference to lobby Government to create a new Cancer Treatment Fund to replace the Cancer Drugs Fund to end inequity and improve access to cancer treatment for all patients.
UK COUNCIL
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 41
Subject: Interviews for radiography posts
Patients have been involved in the recruitment and selection of nursing students for some years, and more recently candidates for undergraduate radiography courses are also being interviewed by patients. This aims to make the interview more ‘real’ and to demonstrate partnership working between academic institutions and users of health care services. It is viewed positively by institutions, NHS employers and patients alike – service users feel valued, and academics are able to assess a candidate’s suitability for a role in the health care sector by gauging their interaction with the patient. Potentially this reduces attrition rates and ensures only those candidates with the necessary communication skills are selected.
To further enhance the quality of the radiography workforce, this Conference calls upon UK Council to encourage the involvement of patients on NHS employer interview panels for the recruitment and selection of qualified radiographers.
EASTERN REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION FAILED

MOTION 42
Subject: Cyber Knife funding
Most Robotic Radiosurgery treatments (e.g. Cyberknife) are not currently funded by the NHS. Individual funding requests must be submitted to NHS England prior to approval and commencement of treatment. This can be a time consuming process and does not guarantee that the funding is approved, leading to delay in treatment. If the patient is deemed clinically urgent, the Trust undertaking the procedure is at financial risk of bearing the full cost of the treatment.
Conference calls on Council to lobby Government to introduce an effective time scale for NHS England to respond to these funding applications.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 43
Subject: Post Radiotherapy Counselling
This Conference notes that a great many cancer patients suffer a devastating loss of sexual function and libido following radiotherapy and other treatments. This is a major life altering problem for patients.
This Conference believes that NHS services such as psychosexual counselling and therapy post cancer treatment are patchy and inadequate across the UK. This Conference further believes that the NHS should be supporting and paying for this service in England and across the devolved Nations.
UK Council seeks the support of Conference to work with governments i.e. NHS England and the Health Boards in the devolved Nations as well as UK cancer charities to influence this and to highlight this unmet need for cancer patients
UK COUNCIL
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 44
Subject: Paediatric examinations 
When a child presents to either A&E or their GP, their parents often want proof that they are being taken seriously and that something is being done in order to help their child. Although this is not unreasonable, it can often result in paediatric patients undergoing unnecessary diagnostic tests, often involving the use of ionising radiation. This culture needs to be stopped as obviously radiation has many risk factors involved and should not be seen as a ‘cure’ to a problem.
Conference calls on the SoR to run a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of radiation to paediatrics. 
EASTERN REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 45
Subject: Staff Governance
The UK NHS is held to financial and clinical governance standards. These set out the remit and levels of service expected as a business and care provider. The NHS is also a large and important employer on both local and national levels. Employees are seen by all leading institutions and businesses, in any industry, as key to success. The NHS is no different. NHS Scotland has had a staff governance standard since 2004. This legislation sets out standards of employment, employee relations policies and ensures an obligation to partnership working from the Scottish Government through to local clinical teams. This has been one of the most fundamental documents in NHS Scotland industrial relations.
Conference urges UK Council to push for a similar Staff Governance Standard for all countries of the UK.
SCOTTISH COUNCIL
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 46
Subject: Accident and emergency 
There is growing demand on the NHS Accident and Emergency departments. Many hospitals in England have been forced to declare “major incidents” leading to routine operations having to be cancelled.  To avoid putting extra pressure on the NHS, Trusts are urging people to consider choosing other options such as,

  • promoting self care- treatment of minor injuries
  • attendance to pharmacies for common illnesses and complaints
  • use of NHS 111 service, see your GP
  • attend walk in centres

This Conference calls upon the UK Council to publicise strategies to help the public in choosing appropriate pathways.
YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION
UK Council will oppose this motion
MOTION WITHDRAWN

MOTION 47
Subject: AAA screening 
Currently the screening program for abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) is only offered to male patients over the age of 65. The aim of this program is to reduce the rate of deaths by a ruptured AAA by 50%, which equates to around 2,000 deaths per year.
On a regular basis, in practice, many women are seen presenting via A&E with persistent abdominal or back pain and on further investigation it is found they have a leaking AAA. Many of these do not survive the surgery or are already too unwell to even attempt surgery on.
It would appear that AAAs in women are incidental findings, whereas in men they are targeted via the screening program. Conference therefore calls on UK Council to ask the UK Government to include women over the age of 65 in the AAA screening program. 
EASTERN REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION FAILED

MOTION 48
Subject: A&E fines for breaching waiting time targets
Conference notes that Trusts are incurring substantial fines due to breaching A&E waiting time targets. Conference believes that this money should be re-invested in A&E services to improve patient experience and outcomes.
Council seeks the support of Conference to campaign for this investment in A&E services.
UK COUNCIL
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 49
Subject: Access to Proton Therapy
Since 2010, the number of paediatric patients being treated with proton therapy in America has greatly increased. Proton therapy is an excellent treatment for children with tumours in the central nervous system, as it reduces the risk of neurocognitive deficits and the risk of later developing secondary tumours; compared to traditional radiotherapy.
In the UK, there are currently only two centres being developed to provide proton therapy. This can often result in patients having to be sent to the United States or Europe, at a huge cost to the NHS.
Conference calls on UK Council to enter into discussion with the UK Government around the possible introduction of additional proton therapy centres in order to increase patient access to these specialist services. 
EASTERN REGION
UK Council will oppose this motion
REMITTED TO COUNCIL

 

EDUCATION

 

MOTION 50
Subject: Work experience places
With a rise in university intakes, there is growing concern that departments are struggling to cope with the demand from students requiring work experience prior to interview for BSc radiography. Work experience is a requirement prior to interview at most universities.
Conference calls upon UK Council to instigate/encourage a dialogue between universities and departments and agree a clear process to facilitate work experience for course applicants.
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 51
Subject: Post graduate study
With many radiographers now choosing to specialise in various modalities, there is a wide range of post graduate programs that can be undertaken. However, there appear to be very limited, or no, post graduate courses available for modalities such as interventional radiology or cardiac catheterisation.
Conference therefore calls on UK Council to help set up a working party, to include all relevant stakeholders, to ensure that post graduate provisions reflect current practice and prepare radiographers for practice in all specialist areas. 
EASTERN REGION
UK Council will listen to the debate
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 52
Subject: Post Graduate Training Costs
Post graduation qualifications have become more often than not a requirement or at the very least a desirable specification in career progression within radiography. However there is huge disparity between the institutes offering post graduate qualification. The application process is not seamless and prospective students often find out at very short notice if they have been successful in getting on the course which can be incredibly stressful for the individual and impossible to plan for staffing. In addition, each university offers very different courses at very different prices and the cost to group various modules from different universities together to achieve a qualification (e.g. Pg Dip) is arbitrary and does not reflect the simple cost of comparing post graduate work from different institutes.
This Conference calls upon UK Council to work with the institutions to provide post graduate students a more streamlined access to courses, and more equality and transparency to the cost of modules and fees. In addition the institutes should be encouraged to apply for SOR accreditation.
LONDON REGION
UK Council will oppose this motion
MOTION CARRIED

MOTION 53
Subject: Transparency of arrangements to support departments hosting students on clinical placement
This Conference recognises: 

  • the emerging shortfall of diagnostic radiographers and the continuing shortage of radiotherapy staff
  • that difficulties with clinical placement experience are one of the greatest contributors to student attrition

This Conference notes:

  • the Department of Health tariff of £3175 for education & training costs directly sustained by Trust hosting non-medical students
  • that interpretation of DH guidance as to what expenditure this non-medical tariff covers varies widely across LETBs, so that consequently students are unequally supported
  • that the arrangements for disbursement of this public funding to follow the student into Trusts’ education budgets are not transparent to either hosting departments or HEIs

This Conference believes that any workforce planning response by LETBs to increase commissions with HEIs must seek to protect & enhance the quality of students’ placement experience.

This Conference therefore calls upon UK Council to:

  1. lobby Health Education England to develop more detailed guidance to LETBs on how the non-medical tariff may be spent & disbursed in a consistent manner
  2. undertake a survey of LETBs as to their local disbursement arrangements and expenditure constraints, using Freedom of Information requests as necessary
  3. make this information available to HEIs and hosting departments alike

SOUTH EAST REGION
UK Council will ask for this motion to be remitted
MOTION CARRIED

 

HCPC

 

MOTION 54
Subject: Direct Entry to Ultrasound Training
The national shortage of sonographers is a fact. The lack of opportunity for ultrasound training places within the department for radiographers is well documented as is the shortfall in the future due to retirement.
One solution is the proposal by Health Regions and universities to increase the number of sonographers is by developing direct access to Ultrasound degrees. There are several concerns around this, such as the title of sonographer is not protected, the lack of background knowledge in other imaging modalities, student placements and provision of existing post graduate courses to continue current radiographers in order to maintain career progression.
Conference calls upon the SCoR to discuss with the HCPC to ensure sonographers are registered and with universities to ensure the course content includes cross modality imaging and that existing postgraduate courses remain in place.
MIDLANDS REGION
UK Council will support this motion
MOTION CARRIED

 

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