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1. Introduction

In July and August 2011, SCoR surveyed departments delivering nuclear medicine and/or radionuclide imaging services in the UK. The aim of the survey was to obtain reliable data on the professional make-up of those employed in nuclear medicine / radionuclide imaging and the number of vacancies.

An email containing a link to an online questionnaire was sent to approximately 150 lead nuclear medicine contacts from the Society of Radiographers membership database asking them to answer the questionnaire on behalf of their departments. 40 nuclear medicine / radionuclide imaging departments (27%) responded to the survey, answering a range of questions about staffing and vacancy levels in their department. None of the questions were mandatory so different questions may have different response rates.

36 of the responding departments (90%) are within NHS health boards or trusts; 3 (8%) are within the independent/private healthcare sector; and 1 (2%) is a University unit. The breakdown by country is: Scotland (3); Wales (3); and England (34).

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