1. ITV Report

Welsh Government launches new academy to train radiologists

The Health Secretary Vaughan Gething has announced £3.4m in funding for an academy to train radiologists and imaging professionals in Wales.

Radiologists in Wales say the academy will increase the capacity of training in the field. Credit: PA

The new National Imaging Academy for Wales will be based in Pencoed in Bridgend and will be purpose-designed to boost the number of clinical radiologists in Wales.

The new academy is expected to be ready in 2018, and will provide specialist training in partnership with other hospitals across South Wales. Consultant radiologists will provide seminars and supervision using state-of-the-art simulation training to help students interpret X-rays, CT and MR scans.

Once established it will extend to training radiographers, sonographers and other imaging professionals. The move is hoped to increase the number of people working in the field and improve patient services across Wales.

Radiologists and those in the imaging workforce play a crucial role in supporting medical and clinical staff with high quality imaging investigations and timely reports, which allows doctors to deliver the very best care to patients.

The new academy will play an important role in allowing us to increase in the number of trained radiologists in the Welsh NHS to ensure a sustainable, high quality workforce for the future.

– Vaughan Gething, Health Secretary

Radiologists in Wales say the academy will increase the capacity of training in the field.

We are delighted that the Welsh Government and Health Boards are supporting the establishment of the National Imaging Academy for Wales.

The academy will help address the challenges facing imaging and clinical radiology, providing Wales with a high quality and sustainable radiologist workforce for the future.

We are hugely excited to move to an academy model of training that will help address the imaging workforce situation and achieve NHS Wales’ service aims and ambitions for diagnostics and improved management outcomes for patients.

– Dr Phillip Wardle, Consultant Radiologist at Cwm Taf UHB

The long term plan is for the academy to develop and become a hub for innovation and research and to play a role in the education and training of the wider imaging workforce in NHS Wales.