Cornwall helps to tackle radiologist
An exciting initiative to tackle the national shortage of
radiologists is being run from Cornwall.
The Radiology Integrated Training Initiative (RITI) has been
set up by the government to boost the number of consultant
radiologists in the UK and to ensure that it is easy for them
to progress through the career structure.
Part of that project involves producing a web-based system
for radiologists, trainees and their administration staff
to allow them access to patients' case studies. These case
studies, which will include X rays and anonymised patient
information, will be validated by a minimum of two, highly
respected consultants in radiology. The users can then access
them securely using the Internet as part of their training.
In Cornwall, Richard Johnson is setting up the project with
Jane Banner having ongoing responsibility for systems development.
These systems will allow the collection and validation of
case studies under the Validated Case Archive (VCA) scheme
and then the presentation of these cases to users for the
purpose of learning and education. Cornwall Information and
Technology Service won the contract from the Royal College
Mr Johnson, Information Services Manager at the Royal Cornwall
Hospitals Trust, said that Cornwall was chosen partly because
of the work of the RCHT's Dr Philip Cook, one of two consultant
radiologists leading the drive for RITI and partly because
of the "centre of gravity" for this area of work
forming within the South West Peninsula. "There is
a draw in the South West," he continued. "Plymouth
will be hosting one of three largest radiology academies in
Britain and I think Cornwall could be the main provider of
this service for the whole national network."
Miss Banner has taken up tenancy at one of the business incubation
units at the Knowledge Spa with a VCA team. The incubation
units, designed to nurture new businesses, were invested in
by Objective One and the South West Regional Development Agency.
Further expansion is expected.
"These are quality, well paid jobs," said
Mr Johnson. "The VCA will contain a rich variety of
case studies and a colleague, Gary Spencer, has already been
approached by the RCR in relation to taking on the e learning
side of this project when it is up and running. If that comes
to fruition he will need to make further appointments."
For further information contact Clare Morgan, Objective One
Partnership Office on 01872 223439 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or Richard Johnson, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, email Richard.Johnson@Cornwall.NHS.UK,
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly has invested in The Knowledge Spa
through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
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