Money to train 150 reporting radiographers

Published: 15 May 2019 Ezine

Funding is available to support the training of 150 additional reporting radiographers in England during the 2019/20 financial year, including the breast screening workforce.

Radiographers who want to develop image interpretation and reporting skills will be supported to take part in College of Radiographers approved programmes of study leading to either a postgraduate certificate, or upskilling to a postgraduate diploma.

Participants of the Health Education England (HEE) and Public Health England (PHE) endorsed scheme will be expected to work as advanced practitioners within radiology reporting teams.

The postgraduate certificate should cover advanced practice skills including mammography image interpretation and reporting. The diploma is a ‘top up’ qualification to cover the addition of reporting to specialist image acquisition practice. This could include further study to include mammography image interpretation for radiographers holding a postgraduate certificate in mammography.

Participants must:

  • be existing senior radiographers working in the NHS in England
  • have the support of their local clinical imaging service manager and clinical director
  • meet the entry requirements for the relevant College of Radiographers approved higher education institution course
  • address an identified service need

HEE is offering the financial support, which will require an employer contribution. Specifically, the offer is for:

  • a training grant to facilitate the release of staff during training
  • course fees for a College of Radiographers nationally approved M-level training programme
  • funding to support local clinical supervision and mentoring

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