Radiographic Informatics Group (RIG)
Information Technology (IT) principles, systems and processes underpin almost all aspects of modern clinical imaging and radiotherapy services. IT supports radiographers to deliver the best possible professional care for their patients. However, it is not simply the preserve of the ‘techies’. As radiographers using this technology every day you have vital insight into how things work on the ground, and how they could work better.
The Radiographic informatics Group covers a range of areas which employ IT for clinical imaging and therapeutic radiography services, including the generation, handling, communication, storage, retrieval, management, analysis and synthesis of data and knowledge. The purpose of RIG is to enable the Society and College of Radiographers to keep up to date with and influence developments, and to support and advise SoR members on dealing with informatics issues.
The impact of national information management and technology (IM&T) programmes will be wide ranging for all healthcare staff but, in particular, for the radiography workforce; in relation to PACS and record and verify systems combined with modern planning systems and IMRT services.
IM&T supports clinical governance and the development of evidence-based practice; it will enable radiographers to actively contribute to and use the electronic library for health, ensuring they provide the best possible care for their patients and clients.
The SoR expects:
The aim of the Radiographic Informatics Group is to assist radiographers, managers and education providers to embed IM&T into everyday practice.
The group currently consists of the following members:
SCoR Professional Officer
An accepted definition of health informatics is: ‘The knowledge, skills and tools which enable information to be collected, managed, used and shared to support the delivery of healthcare and to promote health.’(Making Information Count, A Human Resources Strategy for Health Informatics Professionals, DH, 2002).
The document ‘Learning to Manage Health Information’ sets out a framework of learning that clinicians can use as a guide to ensure they have the appropriate knowledge to enable them to understand the use of informatics and is a good starting point for a clinician who considers themselves to be a beginner in the field. Please click on the link below to see the document in full:
Collecting, using and managing information effectively is a key element of any clinician’s work. Although clinicians do not have to be informatics specialists they do need to have a good working understanding of informatics processes. Good informatics practice is one of the common threads running through any clinical role. Radiographers are constantly working with information and not just the clinical content that is revealed by the images that are produced. Information needs to be managed to ensure the correct images are taken of the correct part of the correct patient.
Once the images have been produced they need to be shown to the relevant people in order for decisions to be made to continue the care pathway. All of this needs to be done in accordance with the principles of information governance and in a way that ensures the images are maintained in the correct format and are readily accessible to those who need to review them whilst the patients consent and confidentiality is maintained at all times.
It is therefore extremely important that clinicians are aware of the information processes that they use in their everyday work and assess their capability to be able to operate safely and effectively.
A number of online learning modules have been developed to help people become more aware of informatics and how it impacts on their daily working life. These modules are located within the NHS IG Training Tool
To register use the link above and choose to register as a new user. When prompted to enter your organisation code, please use TSCR1
Once in, the modules that are recommended are:
All of the modules in the IG Training Tool consist of a short assessment and individuals who attain the pass mark or better will be able to print out a certificate.
Further information can be obtained from the eICE team at: [email protected]
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Current Chair of RIAG.
Anant Patel is currently a Health Informatics Consultant and Subject Matter Expert in clinical information systems (Barts Health NHS Trust and Homerton NHS Foundation Trust) and IT infrastructure (Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust and Reading Borough Council), and works clinically (weekends) at St Cross Hospital Rugby. He has recently also been a involved with consulting for QA and Testing of IT systems.
At Homerton NHS FT he was an IT lead, he helped implement PACS at Homerton and was a system designer for an Electronic Patient Record System at Homerton and Newham Radiology Department, designing and implementing a paperless system, as well as a radiation protection supervisor and governance lead.
Currently, Anant is involved with the following groups: National Imaging Optimisation Delivery Board Digital and IT Sub-Committee and is currently working with an on an informatics website.
He previously represented the RIG nationally on the Clinical Risk and Safety Board, NHS eReferal System, Inter-Collegiate Working Party (RCR, BIR, SCoR and IPEM) and was Vice President for Informatics on the UKI&O Conferences. He has had articles published on clinical systems and paperless working, and has also presented nationally.
Douglas is currently the Imaging Programme Manager in Diagnostics at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and is responsible for a wide range of imaging IT related projects, along with some operational responsibilities.
He has also worked across disciplines to collaborate on managing laboratory projects, including the introduction of Digital Pathology and National projects including the Scottish Genomes Partnership.
Douglas qualified from The Glasgow School of Radiography, and began his clinical career at Glasgow Royal Infirmary gaining experience in a variety of general and specialised imaging modalities as well as serving as the SoR Industrial Relations rep.
Following promotion, he took a keen interest in cardiac and vascular imaging along with CT scanning. Douglas completed a BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences at Queens College in 1991 before taking up a senior radiographer post at the Institute of Neurological Sciences in Glasgow.
In 2003 Douglas was seconded to manage the selection and procurement of the pan-Scottish PACS system. He then led the implementation within NHS Glasgow leading to the first Scottish live system in September 2006. Douglas is a Prince 2 Practitioner and holds an ILM Certificate in Management.
Dr Naomi Shiner has 22 years of radiography experience, originally trained at the University of Central England (BCU) as a Diagnostic Radiographer. A keen interest in trauma, led Naomi to specialise in 2003 as a reporting radiographer in axial and appendicular musculoskeletal image interpretation, with the University of Bradford. Naomi moved to the Highlands in 2008, taking a cross sectional post in MRI and CT prior to becoming the superintendent of conventional imaging.
Naomi has worked at Robert Gordon University and is now a senior lecturer at the University of Derby. Naomi has extensive leadership experience with positions as the MSc (pre-reg) and currently the undergraduate programme leader. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an external examiner for the MSc (pre-reg) Diagnostic Radiography programme for the University of Liverpool and previously at Queen Margaret’s University, Edinburgh.
Simulation is her passion! In 2022, Naomi was awarded her Doctorate in Health and Social care practice. The focus was on the role of simulation and moulage in the preparation of radiography students for clinical practice. She has several publications linked to this pedagogy and an invited speaker, nationally and internationally. Naomi has been awarded the Alan Nichol’s award by the Society of Radiographers and was University lecturer of the year in 2018. Naomi supports the college as chair of the simulation group and the radiography profession as chair of the Society of Radiographers Simulation Specialist Interest Group. She is on the editorial board for ‘The South African Radiographer’ the official peer reviewed journal for the Society of Radiographers of South Africa, peer reviews for two further journals and is an advisor for virtual medical coaching, a New Zealand company focussed on augmented and virtual reality.
Originally trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, Sophie subsequently gained extensive experience within Higher Education through lecturing positions at City, University London, University Campus Suffolk and the University of Exeter. She joined Health Education England in 2021 as Senior Quality Lead for the East of England Region.
Sophie currently plays a key role in developing and delivering the infrastructure to enable HEE to deliver the ambitions set out in the HEE Quality Strategy. She leads a number of workstreams, working across HEE and wider system partners to implement HEE’s risk-based approach to managing and improving the quality of education and training across all levels of medical and non-medical educational training.
She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an external examiner for the undergraduate programme at the University of Cumbria. She has authored various publications, undertaken conference presentations at local and national level, and peer reviews for a professional journals.
In 2016, she was awarded a Doctorate in Education following a programme of research into “An exploration of non-traditional students’ transition into higher education”. This work has informed her current research, which includes students’ transition from foundation to BSc study.
She maintains a keen interest in current professional issues through her involvement the Radiographic Informatics Group. She also maintains her role a registered assessor for the Society and College of Radiographers involved in the accreditation and approval of educational courses and advanced practitioner applications.
Louise qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer at the University of Ulster and began her clinical career at the Ulster Hospital. She later specialised in CT, obtaining a post graduate qualification at the University of Bradford and presenting at the European Congress of Radiology.
After 11 years Louise moved into the PACS team in Northern Health and Social Care Trust and discovered a love for informatics. She leads a small but very dedicated team who all have the same passion for data quality and having a positive impact on the patient journey. She has strong links with the Digital Pathology service within her Trust in addition to the Radiology Department and pursues her aim to have a strong partnership between all PACS users. Louise represents her Trust at regional level PACS forums and meetings.
Louise is currently working as a Subject Matter Expert with the regional Programme who are implementing a single RIS PACS solution for the whole of Northern Ireland. This will include many additional imaging specialties in addition to radiology and pathology.
She maintains a keen interest in current professional issues through her involvement the Radiology Informatics Advisory Group (RIAG).
Having trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer at Glasgow School of Radiography1976-1980, Malcolm has held various radiographic roles from general radiographer to CT Superintendent, MRI Manager and Radiology Service Manager.
He has worked throughout the UK in Yorkshire, South West Wales, Staffordshire, the Western Isles of Scotland and London. He was seconded, whilst working in Scotland, to be Service Improvement Manager which led consultancy roles and a move into governance where he has gained certification as both a Caldicott Guardian and Data Protection Officer. Other certification has been gained in Clinical Instruction, CT Scanning, CT Head Reporting with extensive experience in risk assessment / management, LEAN techniques for service improvement, change management, human factors, serious incident management, policy and procedure management (writing and review) and understanding of data protection law and its practical application. Most recently he has trained as Freedom to Speak Up Guardian for InHealth.
He is a key member of InHealth’s Clinical Quality team with specific responsibility for managing risk and data protection across the whole of his current organisation. He advises on acceptance of research projects, subject access requests, data protection impact assessments and has an active role in overseeing management of complaints, incidents and compliments.
Within InHealth Malcolm is known for his presentation style and delivers monthly induction lectures on governance, confidentiality and consent as well as more sensitive matters such as Safeguarding and Prevent. After almost 40 years after qualifying Malcolm presented his first poster at the 2019 UKIO related to Governance being a career option and role extension.
Although no longer working clinically, Malcolm has never forgotten his roots, is proud to be a radiographer and to have had a successful career founded on this. He’s also proud that he actually started his career as a Darkroom Technician in the good old days of film!
Originally trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer at the University of the West of England, practising in Weston-super-Mare, Mike gained extensive experience across multiple modalities prior to a move into PACS.
Awarded a Pg(Cert) in CT from the University of Bradford, Mike maintains an interest in both Trauma and Stroke imaging alongside his interests in informatics.
He has insight into both local and regional programmes, including the integration of Community Diagnostic Hubs with partner NHS Trusts.
Mike has previously represented his peers as an elected IR Rep to the Society. He maintains his keen interest in professional issues through his involvement in the Radiology Informatics Advisory Group (RIAG).
RIAG Advisory group member.
A Medical Imaging and Healthcare Information Architect and implementation leader with broad experience, Working in:
Systems / Data Architecture in Healthcare
Imaging and Information in Healthcare
Interoperability in Healthcare
Programme and project implementation management
Introducing Products and Services into new markets & new product development
With a 30-year track record of senior technical and commercial management in the field of healthcare information and imaging.
Current Academic/Professional Activities:
Research PhD at University of Wales Trinity St.David (part time study).
“Measurement of Quality and Efficiency of Interoperability Standards for Healthcare Information”
Industry Co-Chair of IHE-UK
Participant in DICOM Working Groups - Pathology, Radiology (DICOM web and AI)
Interoperability Standards Advisor to the Royal College of Radiologists, UK.
Product Development, Interoperable Healthcare Data and Systems Architecture, design & implementation.
IHE (XDS/XDS-I), DICOM, FHIR, HL7, openEHR. C, C++,
Java, XML/OWL, Domain Specific Languages (ANTLR),
php/html, Python, SOAP/REST, embedded systems.
InterSystems Certified Training: HL7, Unified Care Record,
Index/Registry management, IHE Implementation
Wendy Town qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer at the University of Hertfordshire in 2005 and went on to undertake a post graduate certificate in Medical Imaging at Bradford University in 2009.
Wendy has worked as a Senior Radiographer undertaking training in a variety of different modalities with a specialist interest in Nuclear Medicine (NM) and Computered Tomography (CT).
Over the last 10 years Wendy has been working closely with the RIS, PACS and future Radiology system developments for Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust. Her job role has expanded and become an essential part of the Radiology team. Wendy enjoys the challenges that her role in department brings. Wendy has to work closely with external company’s bridging the gap between supplier and customer.
In 2019 Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust had an exciting opportunity to work as early adapters with a Chest Artificial Intelligence company. Wendy had the opportunity to help test and develop the system. This also included developing a new exciting Lung pathway workflow for same day CT imaging. In 2020 Wendy was involved in the CQC Sandbox meeting to review processes and governance of our Chest AI software.
Since the first Artificial Intelligence (AI) project this has opened up more opportunities for service support and development. Wendy is currently working with three permanent AI solutions and envisages the service will take on more AI to help aid the reporting turnaround and service demand.
In 2021 Wendy was invited to take part in the Radiology Quality Standards review and successfully submitted a standard incorporating AI and the governance process surround it.
Wendy is also a member of the SCoR Artificial Intelligence Advisory Group.
Wendy enjoys IT and working with new systems and developing workflows. In her spare time she enjoys relaxing with a book, gardening and playing computer games.