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Monday, November 1, 2010

More radiographers to report

The NHS in England will be asked to increase the number of plain film reporting radiographers, according to a statement issued as part of the government’s review of public spending.

The announcement from the Department of Health was issued on the day (20 October) that the chancellor George Osborne gave details of the comprehensive spending review. It stated: 'We will encourage the NHS to train radiographers to report on more of the straightforward xrays, in line with current good practice, so that consultant radiologists are free to assess the more complicated images.'

The DH estimates that increasing the number of reporting radiographers will save the NHS close to £8 million a year. Currently some six per cent of the profession undertake reporting. It is understood by the Society that there will be a substantial increase in numbers.
 
The plan is to provide training through the e-Learning for Healthcare website, launched at the United Kingdom Radiology Congress earlier this year.
 
“More radiographer reporting is undoubtedly good news for the profession and we have been enthusiastic supporters and sponsors of the e-Learning for Healthcare initiative,” said Richard Evans, the SoR's chief executive.

“There were concerns that the e-Learning resource would lose funding so this is excellent news that the government appears to be committed to it,” he continued
 
“Naturally, we will be working with employers to ensure that increased responsibilities will be recognised.”

The e-Learning for Healthcare training resource is open to all HPC registered Society members.
 

 

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