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  • Obstetric ultrasound examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED Date published: 27 April, 2020 Topics: Ultrasound ISBN: 978-1-909802-51-3

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    Summary

    Please note: This document has been archived only. 

    The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR), in collaboration with the Royal College of Midwives (RCM), the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS), has produced this joint statement on the recording of ultrasound examinations and the use of private ultrasound providers during the COVID-19 pandemic, to offer guidance to members, providers and service users.

    Guidance supports local policy decisions in ultrasound departments and private practice, to ensure that government recommendations are met, while still providing woman-centred care with all staff working to the same local policy, to provide a consistent service to women.

  • Guidelines for Professional Ultrasound Practice

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED Date published: 10 December, 2019 Topics: Ultrasound
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    This document is as a result of collaboration between the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) and the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS).

    Originally published in this format in December 2015 it is reviewed every year to maintain currency. This is the fourth revision and is dated December 2019, identified also by a yellow cover.

    These guidelines are not designed to be prescriptive but to inform good ultrasound practice. They provide a valuable source of information for many ultrasound related topics with active links to relevant organisations for further advice and guidance. For this fourth revision we have been able to introduce section to section links for convenience and have re-ordered the various sections of the document.

  • International recruitment: Guidance for managers recruiting imaging and radiotherapy professionals from overseas

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED – View the latest version Date published: 20 September, 2019 Topics: Managers ISBN: 978-1-909802-45-2
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    This is a guidance document aimed at managers seeking support for recruitment from overseas. There are many hyperlinks to relevant guidance and legislation.  The document has been developed by those experienced in recruiting from abroad.

  • Guidelines for professional ultrasound practice

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED – View the latest version Date published: 12 March, 2019 Topics: Advanced practitioners, Consultants, Imaging, Managers, Ultrasound ISBN: 978-1-909802-30-8
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    This document is as a result of collaboration between the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) and the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS). Originally published in December 2015 it is reviewed every year to maintain currency.

    This is ‘Revision 3’ and is dated December 2018 with minor amendments being made in March 2019.
    These Guidelines are not designed to be prescriptive but to inform good ultrasound practice. They are a further development of the former United Kingdom Association of Sonographers (UKAS) Guidelines (2008).
    They provide a valuable source of information for many ultrasound related topics with active weblinks to relevant organisations and further advice and guidance.

  • NHS obstetric ultrasound examinations. Guidance on sale of images, fetal sexing, commercial considerations and requests to record

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED Date published: 1 February, 2019 Topics: Imaging, Managers, Ultrasound ISBN: 978-1-909802-32-2

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    Please note: This document has been archived, pending review. 

    The Society of Radiographers (SoR) is aware that prospective parents welcome the opportunity to obtain images of their developing baby and to be able to share these with their family and friends. Parents will also often ask the sonographer to reveal what the fetal sex is.

    The SoR is also conscious that the time allowed to perform an ultrasound scan for diagnostic or screening purposes under NHS provision is limited. Adding non-essential services to the ultrasound scan increases the time required which can in turn have an impact on other patients with pressing clinical needs. It can also conflict with the purpose of the examination which, under NHS funded provision, will be performed for a specific clinical reason, or as part of a national screening programme for fetal abnormality. There can also be major distractions caused to the sonographer in a highly litigious area of practice at a time when very high levels of concentration are required.

    This guidance relates solely to NHS commissioned ultrasound examinations performed for screening or diagnostic purposes as part of a national screening programme for fetal abnormality; or other scans performed for diagnostic or monitoring purposes that are funded as part of overall NHS maternity provision and are thus free to the mother. It does not extend to ultrasound examinations performed where a scan has been requested by the mother and is outside normal NHS provision.

    Reference information: Society and College of Radiographers (2019). NHS obstetric ultrasound examinations. Guidance on sale of images, fetal sexing, commercial considerations and requests to record (Third edition). Available at: https://www.sor.org/learning/document-library [Accessed 1st February 2019].

  • Guidelines for professional ultrasound practice

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED – View the latest version Date published: 4 December, 2018 Topics: Advanced practitioners, Consultants, Imaging, Managers, Ultrasound ISBN: 978-1-909802-30-8
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    Summary

    This document is as a result of collaboration between the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) and the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS). Originally published in December 2015 it is reviewed every year to maintain currency.

    This is ‘Revision 3’ and is dated December 2018.

    These Guidelines are not designed to be prescriptive but to inform good ultrasound practice. They are a further development of the former United Kingdom Association of Sonographers (UKAS) Guidelines.

    They provide a valuable source of information for many ultrasound related topics with active weblinks to relevant organisations and further advice and guidance.

  • Society and College of Radiographers and British Medical Ultrasound Society: Guidelines for Professional Ultrasound Practice

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED – View the latest version Date published: 6 December, 2017 Topics: Ultrasound
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    This document is as a result of collaboration between the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) and the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS). Originally published in December 2015 it will be reviewed every year to maintain currency. This is ‘Revision 2’ and is dated December 2017. These Guidelines are not designed to be prescriptive but to inform good ultrasound  practice, they  are a further development of the former United Kingdom Association of Sonographers (UKAS) Guidelines. They also provide a valuable source of information for many ultrasound related topics with active weblinks to relevant organisations and advice.

    This document has been superseded. Click for the 2018 edition.

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  • The Radiological Investigation of Physical Abuse in Children

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED Date published: 6 October, 2017 Topics: Children
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    The Radiological Investigation of Physical Abuse in Children has been jointly produced by The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR), with input and endorsement from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH). It revamps initial guidance from 2008 and incorporates new evidence on child imaging techniques and follow-up protocols, as well as a series of new procedural templates to help radiologists, radiographers and referring paediatricians.

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  • Census of the Radiotherapy Radiographic Workforce in the UK, 2016

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED Date published: 3 May, 2017 Topics: Managers, Radiotherapy, Surveys ISBN: 978-1-909802-16-2

    Summary

    This report has been produced by the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR). It is intended to update the UK national radiotherapy workforce annual surveys from 2010 to 2015. This report provides a summary of the UK radiotherapy radiographic workforce in the National Health Service (NHS) and private/independent healthcare sector. It is deemed to be of interest to the NHS England Radiotherapy Clinical Reference Group and similar groups in the other UK countries, the Radiotherapy Board, NHS Digital, Health Education England, Local Education and Training Boards, the Migration Advisory Committee and commissioners and providers of radiotherapy.

  • Have you paused and checked? Radiotherapy

    SUPERSEDED AND ARCHIVED – View the latest version Date published: 7 March, 2017 Topics: Radiation effects, Radiation protection, Radiotherapy

    Summary

    A range of ‘Have you paused and checked?’ posters have been published to serve as a handy reminder for therapeutic radiographers.

    The posters are designed in a PDF format to allow for easy downloading and printing for display in the department as required. Sections of text can be edited to reflect local protocols.

    There are four posters in the series:

    Each poster is designed to act as a ready reminder of the checks that need to be made when referring or treating a patient.

    To be able to edit the sections of text that can be changed, the PDFs must be opened using the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC application. This is a free application that is standard on many PCs and Apple Mac computers.

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    The downloadable pdfs below are set for A4 printing but they can also be printed A3 size by using the scaling feature in PC printer software that allows a user to choose what size they want a document to be printed.

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