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    IR(ME)R: Implications for clinical practice in diagnostic imaging, interventional radiology and diagnostic nuclear medicine

    Date published: 27 July, 2020 Topics: Imaging, Nuclear medicine
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    Summary

    Please go to the RCR website to download this filehttps://www.rcr.ac.uk/publication/irmer-implications-diagnostic-imaging-interventional-radiology-diagnostic-nuclear-medicine

    This guidance seeks to explain how the requirements of the regulations should be interpreted and used in practice. It explains the principles and requirements of IR(ME)R, providing clinical scenarios to enable practical interpretation of the regulations.

    This document has been written in support of all staff groups involved in medical and non-medical exposures within clinical settings, both in the NHS and the independent sector, research laboratories, universities and sports facilities, where appropriate. This guidance also applies to those services using ionising radiation outside of radiology and nuclear medicine departments such as cardiology and orthopaedics. Specific guidance is available for dental exposures and therefore is not covered in this guidance.

    This guidance has been produced by a working party, which included representatives from:

    • British Institute of Radiology
    • British Society of Paediatric Radiology
    • Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
    • Medical Exposures Group, Public Health England
    • Royal College of Radiologists
    • Society and College of Radiographers

    IR(ME)R: Implications for clinical practice in diagnostic imaging, interventional radiology and diagnostic nuclear medicine

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    Implications for clinical practice in radiotherapy from the Radiotherapy Board

    Date published: 27 July, 2020 Topics: Radiotherapy
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    Approval and Accreditation Board; Annual Report 2018-2019

    Date published: 20 July, 2020 Topics: Education accreditation, Educators
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    Summary

    The College of Radiographers is pleased to present the Approval and Accreditation Report for 2018–19. The academic year 2018–19 has been a busy year for both Higher Education Institutions and the Approval and Accreditation Board (AAB) with a considerable number of influential developments within the field of radiography education for both therapeutic radiography and diagnostic radiography.

    It is also important to acknowledge and thank College of Radiographers’ Assessors as they carry out these reviews to a high and consistent standard. Assessors also act as an important source of information and guidance for education course providers.

    Many thanks to all the education providers who have provided data regarding their courses. This is very useful to individual organisations as they review their own provision during their internal quality review processes.

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    Have you paused and checked? Radiotherapy referrals

    Date published: 10 July, 2020 Topics: Radiation effects, Radiation protection, Radiotherapy
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    Summary

    ‘Have you paused and checked?’ posters have been published to serve as a handy checklist.

    The posters are designed in a PDF format to allow for easy downloading and printing. They can then be displayed in the department as required.

    The radiotherapy IR(ME)R checklist for patient referrals covers checks for Patients, Anatomy, Users, System & Settings, Exposure, and Drawing to a Close. 

    This “pause and check” poster does not replace these procedures but represents a shortened summary of the main checks. You must adhere to your local procedures at all times.

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    Radiotherapy Radiographic Workforce UK Census 2019

    Date published: 15 June, 2020 Topics: Managers, Radiotherapy ISBN: 978-1-909802-57-5
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    Summary

    In November 2019, the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR) carried out an annual census of the radiotherapy radiographic workforce in the UK.

    The objectives were to establish the size, structure, nature and vacancy rate of the workforce in order to inform workforce planning. This document presents an analysis of the census results and compares them to similar censuses carried out annually from 2010 to 2018.

    As in previous years we would like to express our sincere thanks to the Radiotherapy Service Mangers for their ongoing support in enabling data collection.

    View a spreadsheet providing details of the figures underpinning the report, and view the survey carried out to inform the final document.

  • Guidance for Imaging and Radiotherapy services during the Covid-19 pandemic: Use of face coverings for patients, clients and carers

    Date published: 26 May, 2020 ISBN: 978-1-909802-56-8
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    Summary

    This guidance is for imaging and radiotherapy services to help promote good practice when social distancing cannot be managed. It is offered to members to support the development of local policy.

    The use of face coverings in such situations is aimed at reducing the spread of Covid-19 between patients or clients and their carers, as staff will be wearing PPE as appropriate. There is evidence that cloth coverings can decrease the amount of virus passing from the wearer by as much as 99%.

  • Caring for People with Dementia: a clinical practice guideline for the radiography workforce

    Date published: 20 May, 2020 ISBN: 978-1-909802-50-6
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    Caring for people with Dementia: a clinical practice guideline for the radiography workforce (imaging and radiotherapy) is a comprehensive and evidence-based document. It has a set of recommendations for the whole radiographic workforce caring for people with dementia and carers when undergoing imaging and/or radiotherapy. It has been developed systematically using the best available evidence from research and expert opinion, including service users, and subjected to peer professional, lay and external review. 

    The guideline has recommendations for good practice for individual members of the radiographic workforce, service managers, academic institutions and the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR).

    As a whole, this guideline acts to highlight to practitioners that to offer the best service and healthcare outcomes for people with dementia and carers, care must be tailored to the needs of the invidual. 

    There have been minor changes to the language used in this second edition, which emphasises the ability of and need for people with dementia to continue to live well with a good quality of meaningful life.

    Summary for person-centered dementia care

    The Society and College of Radiographers. Caring for people with Dementia: a clinical practice guideline for the radiography workforce (imaging and radiotherapy) (2020) 2nd edition. London: SCoR.

  • Performing CT colonography in the early recovery phase of Covid-19 pandemic

    Date published: 14 May, 2020 Topics: CT
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    Summary

    Jointly created by the British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (BSGAR) and the SoR, the document provides advice on carrying out CTC and maintaining safe systems of work. This is a practical document to support staff in delivering a safe CTC service to patients as we move into the endemic phase of Covid-19.

    It should be considered in conjunction with local policies and procedures and interpreted for local use. Departments should develop their own systems of work in liaison with relevant professional groups, notably local infectious disease and virology teams and pharmacy leads.

    These guidelines should be implemented in conjunction with the updated 2020 BSGAR CTC Standards and the SoR National Best Practice Guidelines for the CT Colonography Service.

  • Diagnostic Radiography Workforce UK Census 2019

    Date published: 11 May, 2020 Topics: Chest, CT, Imaging, Managers, MRI, PET, Surveys, Ultrasound, X-ray ISBN: 978-1-909802-41-4
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    Summary

    Each year the Society and College of Radiographers undertakes a UK-wide diagnostic radiography workforce census to gain intelligence about the clinical imaging radiography workforce. The 2019 census continues to show some high vacancy rates, particularly in England

    At the time of writing, we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This unprecedented crisis has reinforced the need for an adequately resourced, trained, flexible and responsive radiography workforce.

    As we continue to meet the challenges and consequences for imaging services during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, it is undoubtedly an opportunity for the profession to influence governments. We urge service leaders to work with key stakeholders in regional networks to develop clear plans to support the growth of the workforce to meet the population’s needs at the local level. 

  • Screening restart: Guidance for safe service provision during Covid-19 pandemic and post pandemic phase

    Date published: 6 May, 2020 Topics: Screening ISBN: 978-1-909802-53-7
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    Summary

    The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR), in collaboration with the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR), has produced this joint guidance to support the restarting of screening services involving imaging during the COVID-19 pandemic. This document offers guidance to members and providers. It supports ‘paused’ or ‘stopped’ services to recommence safely, protecting staff and clients.

    The guidance within this document is to inform local policy decisions with regard to the delivering of screening services, to ensure that providers meet government recommendations, while still providing client-centred care within the challenging environments of the COVID-19 pandemic and post pandemic (endemic) stage. All staff should work to the same local policy, to provide a consistent service to clients.

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