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Getting into Research: A Guide for Members of the Society of Radiographers
Published 27 November 2019
ISBN: 978-1-909802-46-9


Getting into Research: A Guide for Members of the Society of Radiographers is a research starter pack for 2019/2020 and beyond. This guide will provide a good starting point for any member wishing to ‘get into research’. Research is all of our business, and developing our research capacity and capabilities as a profession is important to ensure we offer the best service and healthcare outcomes for our patients based on the highest quality evidence. The purpose of this guide is to provide an aid and support mechanism for members, and to enable their roles in research. It will be valuable for SoR members interested in embedding research activities into their roles, and for those taking the first steps towards developing a clinical academic career.

Reference information: The Society and College of Radiographers. Getting into Research: A Guide for Members of the Society of Radiographers, 2nd edn (London: CoR, 2019)

Promoting good practice and preventing misconduct in research

The College of Radiographers  is committed to promoting good conduct in research. In order to achieve this aim, a Code of Practice for Research is an essential reference tool in which to support researchers and help ensure that the conduct of research meets the highest possible standards.

Since 2009, a Code of Practice for Research has been made available by the United Kingdom Research Integrity Office (UKRIO). The UKRIO has extensive experience in addressing good practice and misconduct in research. Since its introduction, the UKRIO Code has been used or adopted by numerous research organisations, including over 50 universities, and endorsed by research funders and other professional bodies.

The UKRIO Code of Practice for Research provides key principles for researchers and research organisations alike. It also contains a Recommended Checklist for Researchers, a one-page, non-technical checklist for the key points of good practice in research. It can also assist researchers and organisations in fulfilling the requirements of regulatory, funding and other bodies and ensure that important issues have not been overlooked.

The Code is a vital part of continuing work encouraging good conduct in research and to help to prevent misconduct, setting out the responsibilities and values critical to research, as well as providing practical guidance for researchers and their employers.

The overall remit for the UKRIO is to provide advice and support to the public, researchers and organisations, in order to develop best practice. However, guidance from the UKRIO is generally broad and does not encompass all aspects of research, especially several key issues relating to medical imaging and radiotherapy. 

For this reason, members who are undertaking research in the areas of medical imaging and radiotherapy should consider and adopt best practice with regards to:

  • Recruitment, participant information and consent;
  • Use of ionising and non-ionising radiation;
  • Management of incidental findings detected during research imaging;
  • Quality assurance procedures;
  • Acquisition and management of imaging and imaging-related data;
  • Relationships with external partners, eg, industry;
  • Reporting of Serious Adverse Events (SAE) and Adverse Events (AE).

The Health Research Authority have published a UK policy framework for health and social care research (2017) . It replaces the separate Research Governance Frameworks in each UK country with principles for the whole UK.

Useful links

MedRadResearch Advice for novice researchers: The IWishIdKnownChat:  

noclor research support - the research life cycle:

Getting started in research lens on the Vitae Researcher Development Framework 2013

For researchers using social research methods, the National Centre for Research Methods has a large number of resources in the form of webinars, podcasts and a database of articles:

Elsevier webinar resources:

The National Institutoe for Health Research (NIHR) provide access to a range of resources for health and care professionals via NIHR Learn:

NIHR study event, AHPs in research: