The Society of Radiographers was founded in 1920.
Okay, so I decided that it was about time I wrote a properly Radiography-related topic. So, I decided to research the Society of Radiographers.
The SoR represents 90% of all the diagnostic and therapeutic radiographers in the UK. Their objectives are:
- to promote and develop the science and practice of radiography and radiotherapeutic technology for the public benefit
- to promote, study and research work in radiography and radiotherapeutic technology
- to further public education
- to protect the honour and interests of those engaged in the practice of radiography and radiotherapeutic technology
The College of Radiographers (CoR) is a subsidiary of the SoR, that are directed towards education, research and other activities in support of the science and practice of radiography. It assesses the programmes of both pre-registration courses, post-registration training and ongoing professional registration.
The SoR issues different publications including:
- Imaging and Therapy Practice - provides coverage of the latest professional education issues that affect the day-to-day lives of therapeutic and diagnostic radiographers.
- Synergy News - a news digest of what is currently happening in the world of radiography and wider healthcare area. It covers a wide-range of issues such as: career progression, role development, pay, research and equality issues.
- Radiography - an international peer-reviewed journal of diagnostic radiography and radiation therapy.
- Imaging & Oncology - an annual publication that will coincide with the United Kingdom Radiology Congress.
The SoR also maintains grants and awards, including:
- Overseas Placement Award - established in 1988. Supports a number of radiography placements in developing countries.
- Fellowship of the College of Radiographers Award - an honorary title, bestowed upon individuals who have made significant contribution to the radiographic profession.
- and many others coinciding with outstanding contributions to the radiography field.
Looking into it, joining the SoR when you become a Radiography student is quite beneficial, as they offer access to magazines and journals, a downloadable document library, attendance to conferences and events, a benevolent fund and certain awards.
I'm sure when you start a university course, the SoR will be mentioned, but it's always good to look at what's out there, in terms of having a little preparation before everything begins!