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Professional Standards

RCR Referral Guidelines

First published in 1989, The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has produced the referral guidelines, Making the best use of clinical radiology services, to help clinicians, radiologists, radiographers and other healthcare professionals to determine the most appropriate imaging investigation(s) for a wide range of clinical problems. They provide practical guidance based on the best available evidence, together with expert opinion where evidence is lacking or conflicting. 
Available on the Royal College of Radiologists website

Royal College of Physicians Publication - tackling the social determinants of health

How doctors close the gap
Tackling the social determinants of health through culture change, advocacy and education.

RCP Policy Statement - RCP website link

Report of the second phase of the review of NHS pathology services in England

The report of the second phase of the independent review of NHS pathology services in England has been published together the Department of Health's response to recommendations made by the review.

Royal College of Physicians Publication- Medical Record Keeping Standards

Medical Record Keeping Standards

With funding from Connecting for Health, the HIU has been co-ordinating a project to develop medical profession-wide standards for the content structure of hospital admission records, handover and discharge communications.  For more information please visit the RCP website

Development of a Business Case in the NHS

In response to recent requests, a copy of the PowerPoint presentation on this topic given at the Spring 2004 BNMS meeting has been made available for us.

Members should note that this has been prepared by an independent management consultant and does not therefore have the formal endorsement of the BNMS.

Click here for access to the presentation.

External Quality Assessment Schemes (EQAS)

External Quality Assessment (EQA) is designed to provide objective evidence of the quality of individual investigations and analyses and is essential for clinical laboratories.EQAS's have developed over the past 20 years and are now available from a range of providers covering most clinical laboratory services.