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

Screening restart: Guidance for safe service provision during Covid-19 pandemic and post pandemic phase | The Society and College of Radiographers | Royal College of Radiologists

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.

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

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

Caring for People with Dementia: a clinical practice guideline for the radiography
workforce (imaging and radiotherapy) | The Society and College of Radiographers

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.

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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.

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

Clinical oncology UK workforce census 2018 report

Royal College of Radiologists | March 2019 | Clinical oncology UK workforce census 2018 report

The Royal College of Radiologists have published their workforce census for clinical oncology.  Clinical oncology UK workforce census is conducted on annual basis, it has three foci:

  1. Provide comprehensive, accurate and timely information on the number, distribution and working patterns of consultant-grade clinical oncologists employed in UK NHS cancer centres.
  2. Forecast future workforce numbers and working patterns
  3. Estimate the extent to which future workforce supply and demand for cancer treatments are aligned

According to this report: “cancer services will only improve with concrete action to boost staff numbers and equipment across diagnostics and treatment”.

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The key recommendations are structured around the report’s findings:

  1. Workforce shortages have increased and are forecast to increase further
  2. Clinical oncology trainee numbers need to double to close the growing gap between supply and demand
  3. Consultant clinical oncologists are showing signs of stress and burnout, with early retirement resulting in the loss of valuable expertise.
  4. Consultants have less time supporting professional activities (SPAs),  which are vital for quality improvement
  5. Workforce gaps are variable across geographies and roles, with some areas, such as Wales, being particularly adversely affected.

The full report is available from The Royal College of Radiologists 

See also:

Clinical oncology UK workforce census 2018 report

Infographic of key findings

In the news:

BBC News Cancer doctor shortage ‘puts care at risk’

Daily Mail Severe shortage of NHS cancer specialists is threatening patient care, warns report

The Independent Cancer patients may suffer because of NHS consultant shortage, report warns

Urgent investment called for to reduce long waits for cancer scans

Radiologists have written to prime minister Theresa May warning that NHS services are in a ‘dire state’ and demanding urgent investment to reduce delays for the 250,000 patients waiting more than a month for results of cancer scans. | GP Online

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In a letter to the prime minister this week, the Royal College of Radiologists backs a warning earlier this week from another royal college. The letter said: ‘The Royal College of Physicians’ view that the NHS is underfunded, underdoctored and overstretched, is borne out in the 250,000 patients currently waiting over a month for the results of their imaging studies and the poor cancer outcomes in this country.’

It calls for a ‘sustained programme of investment in imaging and radiotherapy equipment’ to tackle the existing shortfall.

Full story via GP Online