A limited amount of funding is available to support the training of 150 additional reporting radiographers in England during the 2019 to 2020 financial year – an initiative that includes the breast screening workforce.
Employers in NHS trusts are being invited to offer their radiographers the chance to develop capability in image interpretation and reporting.
Participants of the Health Education England (HEE) and Public Health England (PHE) endorsed scheme will be supported to undertake College of Radiographers approved programmes of study leading to either a Postgraduate Certificate or upskilling to a Postgraduate Diploma.
Financial support is available during training and it is expected that once students have completed their studies they will work as advanced practitioners within radiology reporting teams.
This qualification should cover advanced practice skills including mammography image interpretation and reporting.
This ‘top up’ qualification could cover the addition of reporting to specialist image acquisition practice. This could include further study to include mammography image interpretation for radiographers holding a Postgraduate Certificate in mammography.
Increase in capacity
The aim of the scheme, part of the NHS National Cancer Workforce Plan for England, is to increase radiographer reporting capacity.
Study that increases radiographer reporting capability (for example by extending existing reporting practice to other clinical areas such as adding magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) breast reporting to mammography image interpretation) will only be supported where it can be demonstrated that it will:
- lead to additional reporting capacity
- release more radiologist time
- be existing senior radiographers working in the NHS in England
- have the support of their local clinical imaging service manager and clinical director
- meet the entry requirements for the relevant College of Radiographers approved higher education institution course
- address an identified service need
HEE is offering financial support, which will require an employer contribution. Specifically, the offer is for:
- a training grant to facilitate the release of staff during training
- course fees for a College of Radiographers nationally approved M-level training programme
- funding to support local clinical supervision and mentoring
Funding is available from summer 2019 and interested radiographers are advised to secure early agreement with their employer before they apply for courses.
At the same time, if they have not already done so, service managers wishing to support trainees are asked to register their interest with their local HEE cancer workforce link. For:
- Midlands and East, email Louise Kitley
- London, email Lydia Lofton
- South West, Mark Wilson
- Wessex, email Sue Hill
- Thames Valley, email Tessa Candy
- Kent, Surrey and Sussex, email Rosie Courtney
- the North, email Nick Fowler-Johnson
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