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