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15. General respondent comments

At the end of the questionnaire, respondents were asked if they had any general comments relating to their submission. Themes mentioned by two or more respondents are given below with the number of respondents in brackets after the theme and an illustrative comment below.

Theme: Recruitment issues (3)

“Sonographer posts band 7 advertised 4 times no credible applicants, gone down training route.”

Theme: Recruitment and retention allowance paid to sonographers (2)

“A 7% recruitment and retention allowance is paid to sonographers.”

Theme: Training difficulties (2)

“Training is affected by lack of funding post graduate - greatest need not desire affects provision.”

Theme: Retirements (2)

“Can't train for next lot of sonographer retirements as no band 5 to release.”

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