A multi-million-pound training academy, funded by the Welsh government, has opened to ensure sustainability of imaging services across the country.
Richard Evans, the Society’s chief executive officer attended and said, “TheNational Imaging Academy has helped an immediate increase in numbers of radiologists being trained and promises to play a central role in the strategy to make best use of multidisciplinary service provision in Wales.
“It was a privilege to be invited to the opening and to see the excellent facilities.”
The Academy has been created to meet the demand gap for the imaging workforce by training the next generation of radiologists, radiographers, sonographers and imaging professionals.
The initial focus is to increase the capacity for radiologist training, but the Academy will pursue and offer advanced practice opportunities to radiographers and sonographers.
Vaughan Gething, minister for health and social services, visited to meet with the new intake of specialist trainees who will train through the Academy model of teaching. He said, “Radiologists and imaging workers play a central role in helping our medical and clinical staff deliver the best care to patients in Wales.”
Consultant radiologists, healthcare scientists and AHPs from across Wales will provide seminars and supervision for trainees on imaging studies, including the interpretation of x-rays, CT and MR scans.