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5.0 A common culture throughout the healthcare system – an integrated hierarchy of standards of service (recommendations 13 – 18)

5.1 The SCoR takes its duty to provide professional advice and guidance very seriously indeed, working with colleague organisations to do so when appropriate. We do this because statutory regulation must necessarily work at a threshold level and we believe that this level is, in itself, insufficient to prevent inadequate care. Regulation is a matter for governments and current regulators primarily and we contribute to the development of statutory regulation by responding as a matter of course to relevant public consultations. Additionally, we promote the need for statutory regulation where we believe there is clear need, for example, protection of title for sonographers/ultrasonographers. 

  • We have set out the scope of practice for the radiography profession and for the assistant practitioner workforce related to radiography, and we accredit individuals at the assistant, advanced practice and consultant practice levels (practitioner level is denoted by registration with the Health and Care Professions Council).
  • In partnership with The Royal College of Radiologists, we established the Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme (ISAS), delivered on our behalf by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service. This sets the standard for clinical imaging services in the UK, with an integrated set of standard statements across the four core domains of safety, patient experience, clinical, and facilities, resources and workforce. The number of clinical imaging services accredited to the ISAS Standard is growing.
  • We will develop a similar standard to the ISAS Standard for radiotherapy services, again in partnership. This will further strengthen these services longstanding embrace of high quality through external accreditation to the ISO 9001 standard by, for example, CHKS Ltd or the British Standards Institution, and will build on the peer review measures in radiotherapy to which we contribute.


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