Project Aims

To keep pace with the increasing demand for radiology by designing a workforce fit for the future and to meet the growing demand.

Benefits

  • Improved safety and effectiveness
  • Reduced locum usage
  • Increased speed and efficiency in reporting, facilitating faster decisions and discharge
  • 24/7 healthcare provision
  • Equity of access to interventional radiology procedures
  • Better use of resources
  • An increased workforce who are able to report chest and musculo-skeletal x-rays
  • A career structure within radiology with entry grades for Radiology Assistants
  • Ability to share workloads at times of high pressure or where one hospital is experiencing particular capacity problems

Key achievements

  • Investment has been secured to fund an Academy Model for Reporting Radiographer training
  • Soft Market testing of possible IT solutions that will allow increased cross-Trust working has taken place

Progress – March 2017

  • The plans for the Academy are developing, with the first cohort set to receive their training in September 2017. The location for a bespoke training room has been agreed, along with the University to deliver the supporting materials, and the technology required for the training room has been purchased. Recruitment for a Clinical Educator to deliver the training is underway
  • A Business Case is currently being written for the IT solution
  • Plans to create hubs for interventional radiology are in place, with the model agreed and steps to enable delivery of the model underway

Project Team

  • Richard Jenkins, Chief Executive Sponsor (Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)
  • James Scott, Project Manager