Report on the RPS Medical Group AGM & IMI Meeting

21 January 2019

SIG: Medical

Photo: Angelos Rantis

The Medical Group AGM was held at the Gordon Museum of Pathology, Guy’s Hospital, London on Friday 11 Jan 2019 which was also a joint meeting with IMI.

The Medical Group AGM was held before the joint meeting with IMI. The committee officers were re-elected as:

Chairman:  Afzal Ansary ASIS FRPS

Secretary: Bob Tapper ASIS FPS

Treasurer: Juliet Chenery-Robson

L-R: Bob Tapper (Secretary) Dr Juliet Chenery-Robson (Treasurer) Julia Kepinska (IMI Rep) Prof Afzal Ansary (Chairman) Hoosain Ebrahim (Speaker) Photo: Angelos Rantis

There was one vacancy on the committee for which no nomination were received. This will be filled by a co-opted member by the committee.

After refreshments, the joint meeting with IMI was held where Hoosain Ebrahim ASIS FRPS presented a very interesting the thought-provoking lecture on ‘Evidence-Based Practice and its effect on the medical photographer’s continuing professional development’ which was followed by interesting discussion/debate.

The RPS Medical Group and IMI  are most grateful to Hoosain Ebrahim for having traveled from sunny and warm Cape Town, South Africa to wintery and cold London to come and give this excellent lecture.

Lecture abstract:

Roots of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) can be traced to the emergence of Evidence-Based Medicine during the early 1990’s.  It has been adopted by many professions allied to medicine and medical education since then. The aim of the presentation is to give guidance to the process of becoming an Evidence-Based Practitioner in Medical Photography.

 Evidence-Based Practice relates to information which helps to establish facts from various sources. This information helps influence and support conclusions, having the attributes of explicitness and distinctness that applies to the process and outcomes of health services.  It means using evidence wisely in decisions one will make as a medical photographer about patient management and care.

The adoption of EBP model is an important feature to ensure the medical photographer’s continued success and growth.  Unless people outside the imaging profession can be persuaded of the medical photographer’s worth, it will be difficult to have a viable future in providing a service.  The evidence that is used is increasingly outcomes-driven aligned with the sector in which the medical photographer works.  Outcomes become the drivers of the development and selection of processes chosen.  This may lead to change in what is being done, what we think we should do and why we do it.  It could well influence what medical photographers become.  It can thus provide information about our occupation that is in the profession’s history when we are discovering, defining and refining the uniqueness of our service and professional focus. 

EBP approaches have the potential not only to inform and reform our practice, but also to transform it.  Any concept or procedure is based on the best available evidence, namely EBP.  In the past medical photographers were involved in a pure service delivery function, engaged in research to assist clinicians and professions allied to medicine. 

EBP encourages us to look to the past; consider current practices and establish whether these need to be changed based on changing approaches to medical management and care. EBP assists us to concentrate our thoughts and actions on what is right for the profession and the people we serve now and in the future.  EBP will allow us to re-evaluate the medical photographer’s role.

Before closing the meeting the Chairman's award was presented to Angelos Rantis. Many congratulations to him. Photo: Philippa Stiff