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Diagnostic Imaging Advisory Group (DIAG)


Diagnostic imaging is a vital part of the patient pathway for many conditions including acute injury/illness and ongoing treatment; cancer diagnosis and follow up; long term conditions such as vascular disease or arthritis. Improving access to rapid diagnosis is a priority for the patients, the NHS and the wider public health agenda.

A significant component of the modernisation agenda for healthcare focuses on earlier diagnosis for patients with cancer which places further importance on the role of diagnostic radiographers and associated diagnostic imaging professionals in the pathway.  A rising focus on productivity has combined with workforce efficiency, improving access and increasing consumer expectations to create an urgency to review patterns of practice.

Diagnostic radiographers and the wider diagnostic workforce working within this technologically sophisticated care environment must be supported and developed to be able to maximise their individual and collective potential in delivering the best care for people using their services.

The Diagnostic Imaging Advisory Group was formed in 2016 to support the work of the Society and College of Radiographers. The DIAG aims to make a significant contribution to the development of the profession and in raising its profile nationally. It will be an effective voice for the community of diagnostic radiographers and the wider diagnostic imaging nonmedical workforce within the Society of Radiographers.

Group members

Andy Creeden (Chair)
Rachel Nolan (Vice Chair)
Alison Jenkins
Angela Meadows
Deborah Henderson
Nick Woznitza
Nina Arcuri
Rakesh Puni
Richard Newman
Stuart Mackay
Victoria Hughes
Catriona Hynes (UAG Representative)
Valerie Asemah
Thea Buchan
Anthony Richards
Rebecca Steele 

Administrative support

Sue Johnson
Lead Professional Officer

Charlotte Beardmore
Director of professional policy

Leandre Archer
Officer for Northern Ireland

UK Council member
Gareth Thomas

Anthony David Richards
GI Clinical Specialist Radiographer

Originally trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer (DCR) at the Southampton School of Radiography based at Poole Hospital and the Boscombe and Bournemouth hospitals.
Anthony’s first post was at the Royal Sussex County Hospital Brighton before travelling Australia and New Zealand for 12 months.

Returning to work at Queen Marys Hospital Sidcup before mov-ing to Kent & Sussex Hospital Tunbridge Wells (1997).

There Anthony completed training to perform Barium Enemas; the Leeds Barium Enema Course (2002).

Completed a PgC in Appendicular Reporting at Canterbury
Christ Church University  (2005).

Undertaken MSc modules at CCCU in the performing and the clinical reporting of Barium/Contrast Swallows (2012) and Proctography (2016).

Through local training and audit Anthony reports Colonic Trans-it Studies as part of the pelvic floor diagnostics (2016), and per-forms and reports Cystograms (2019).

As a GI Clinical Specialist Radiographer he is keen to use inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary working to enhance and im-prove the patient experience within the trust.

Currently exploring the potential need for a ‘SALT Fast Track’ service for Aspira-tion patients in conjunction with Speech and Language Therapy and the Trusts Quality Service Improvement Group.

As part of the Pelvic Floor team, Anthony represents the Radi-ology service at the MDMs. The service is currently expanding with potential radiographer role extension for Anal US / Ma-nometry and participation in the Pelvic Floor clinics.

Thea Buchan
CT Superintendent Radiographer

Thea Buchan currently leads the CT service at West Middlesex University Hospital.

She trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer at City University graduating in 2005 then joining UCLH where over a period of 13 years she gained ex-tensive experience eventually specialising in CT. She has extensive expe-rience in CT and specifically CT intervention.

She led the Interventional CT service from 2013 to 2017 when she took on the position of CT superintendent.  During this time she undertook an MSc in computed tomography.  She published her dissertation “High fre-quency jet ventilation during cryoablation of small renal tumours”.  She has presented her research work at various conferences both national and international.  Her current research interests include dose reduction in in-terventional CT, quality improvement and workforce development.

She has special interest in evidence based practice and education in the workplace and has set up successful CPD programmes and works to pro-mote the profession in her local community.  She maintains a keen interest in current professional issues through her involvement the SOR CT spe-cial interest group of which she is an active member.

She hopes to continue to produce educational content and research whilst encouraging radiographers to undertake similar work to develop the pro-fession.




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