National Conference for Radiology Managers
On Thursday 9 May 2013, at Kings Place, London, The National Conference for Radiology Managers 2013, jointly organised by Philips Healthcare and the Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR), welcomed more than 250 radiology managers and Clinical Directors from across the UK, to come together and share information and experiences.
With a highly topical programme, the conference supported managers as they work to deliver high quality imaging services, in the rapidly changing National Health Service.
Speaker presentations are available to download from the Philips website.
Note: A preliminary date of 15 May has been set for the 4th conference in 2014. You can reserve a place on the Philips website.
"You must be visible" radiology leaders are told
“To build your imaging service, you must be visible and bravely so,” said Professor Erika Denton as she explained the structure of the new NHS England.
“Communication is key. You can’t operate alone and in silence – it won’t work in the new system.”
She advised managers to get to know their local commissioning groups, and to focus on clinical services and the quality of care. “Put patients at the centre of everything you do and the chaos around you will start to resolve.”
Karen Middleton, Chief Health Professions Officer at NHS England, echoed these messages. She set the scene for the day’s event with a stirring speech on leadership and innovation: “We have this tremendous gap and this is why you’re all feeling under such stress and immense pressure. The gap has been caused by unprecedented demand on the system.
“You really have been the victim of your own success in delivering high quality care and reducing waiting times because there has been an increase in demand and money has flatlined.”
To overcome this, healthcare professionals must become more creative and use their imaginations in order to do something completely different. This, said Karen, is about moving from transactional change to transformational change and becoming different types of leaders:
“This is going to require a different model of leadership. Before it was about management-type activities. Management is about doing things right. Leadership is about doing the right things, and drastically, radically different things. Now it has to be about partnership.”
|Karen Middleton tells the audience that a wider range of leadership styles will be needed during the next five to ten years. It's all about transformation and partnership.||Erika Denton advises radiology leaders to be "visible and bravely so".|
|Sally Hill, independent medical practice professional, discusses AQP and tells the audience "the numbers don't add up".||Dr Peter Sharpe, CEO of Cobalt, talks about ISAS and advises: "Don’t be shy. Use evidence to show why you are better than your competitors."|
|Neil Mesher (second left) of event sponsors Philips chats with conference delegates including Richard Evans, CEO of the SCoR, during the networking breaks.||Radiology leaders took the opportunity to network and discuss the day's presentations.|
|Catherine Walsh, radiology manager at Bolton Hospital NHS Trust, talks about the arthrogram service that was developed at the Trust and how it has helped with talent management.||Pam Black, divisional service development manager at Aintree University Hospitals Foundation Trust, talks to Steve Herring during the breakout clinic sessions.|
|Vivien Drake, patient referrals manager for InHealth, talks about the benefits of Choose & Book for some radiology services and reveals that it is to be re-launched in the near future.||Delegates make the most of the coffee breaks to catch up with colleagues.|
|Sarah Milburn, talent manager UK & Ireland for Philips Healthcare (left) tells delegates "no talent, no business".||Annie Shaw (centre), professional officer for the SCoR, chats with attendees on the SCoR stand.|
|Dr Ian Francis of Medical Imaging Partnership, says it is time to "think the unthinkable" and radically reorganise services.||Professor Sir Mike Richards CBE explains about the NHS Outcomes Framework and where radiology fits in: "The UK’s position on premature mortality needs to improve, and diagnostic services have a very important role to play."|