Radiographic Informatics Advisory Group

Radiographic Informatics Group (RIG)

Radiographic Informatics Advisory 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:

  • Radiographers to grasp developmental opportunities that equip them with the necessary IM&T skills

  • Managers to offer developmental opportunities that ensure all radiography staff are fit for practice, including IM&T fitness

  • Educational providers to embed IM&T within curricular and to offer appropriate post-qualifying courses to up-skill and maintain competence in this fast moving area of practice

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:

Tom Welton
Council Member
SCoR Professional Officer
Administrative Support


Further Information

Meet the Radiographic Information Group

  • Alexander Peck (Chair)

    Current Chair of RIAG. 

  • Anant Patel (Vice-Chair)

    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 Aitken (Co-Chair)

    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.

  • Barry O’Hara

    Current member.

  • Malcolm J McNinch

    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!

  • Julie Moss

    Current member.

  • Sophie Willis

    Current member.

  • Tom Welton

    Council Member

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