News from Director of Professional Practice Director

Following to my previous post in August 2018 I am pleased to say that following feedback for colleagues though the ISRRT network of experts that we have given feedback to the International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) on two further consultation documents:-
Radiological Protection in Therapy with Radiopharmaceuticals and 
Dose Coefficients for External Exposures to Environmental Sources

As previously reported Council members, have approvedthe following Position statements which are now be available on the ISRRT Website: -

  1. Radiographers/Radiological TechnologistsRole in Quality Assurance and Quality Control as a Team Approach.
  2. The Prescribing, Identifying, Supplying, Preparing, and/or Administration of Medication to Patients by Radiographers/Radiological Technologists.

I can also report that ISRRT board has approved a Draft Position Statement on Diagnostic Reference levels (DRLs) which has gone out to Council members for consultation.

A furtherposition statement titled‘The Clinical Patient Care Assessment Skills of the Therapeutic Radiographer’ is currently being drafted by a small grout and in due course will be circulated to Council members. 

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) held a Technical Meeting on Safety Culture inMedical Uses of Radiation at its Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from 1 to 3 October 2018.

Earlier this month I had the opportunity of representing the ISRRT at this important meeting on the development of training materials for strengthening radiation safety culture in medicine. Over 25 participants from Member States and professional organisations were requested to provide information on current activities in radiation safety culture in their country and organisations, and to help define the training curriculum and methodology for improving safety culture in medical applications.

I had the privilege of sharing what ISRRT undertakes through its workshops, research, competitions and communications to strengthen ‘Safety Culture’. CatherineMUCHUKI, a radiographer from Kenya was also there to represent the radiography profession.

 

The emphasis of the meeting was to stress the importance of ‘Safety Culture’ and to move away from the concept of just considering Safety initiatives but to ensure that Safety Culture is our goal and that mechanisms and organisational structures are in place to make this become a reality.

The meeting was chaired by Mr Madan REHANI form the USA with Debbie Gilley, IAEA, and Maria del Rosario PEREZ GONZALEZ, WHO,hostingthe meeting. A report on the meeting and the initial draft training material for consideration will soon be available. In the meantime ISRRT will consider and discuss this important topic.

The presentations made at the meeting can be found at:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1W04N5olTBwl928o_ckeRn4pHBaFj4Z48...

Participants at the Technical Meeting on Safety Culture in Medical Uses of Radiation the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from 1 to 3 October 2018.


The Professional Practice Team is eager to hear of developments in the Regions and appreciate input from all member organisations and colleagues. 

Director of Professional Practice – Stewart Whitley
October 2018