The Welsh Health Secretary is to announce today that the government will invest £3.4m into a new academy for imaging professionals
[Cardiff, Wales] The Welsh government is investing £3.4m into setting up a new, state-of-the-art National Imaging Academy, to be located in Bridgend.
The establishment will train clinical radiologists, looking to ease issues with the current staff shortage in imaging professionals, expected to be open from the middle of 2018.
“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 Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, said in a statement.
Successful 111 pilot across Wales
The academy will use the Royal College of Radiologists’ curriculum, with consultant radiologists from partner sites from South Wales providing further training.
Gething will also announce today plans to extend the range of the academy to also include radiographers, sonographers and other imaging professionals:
“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.”
At the beginning of the month, Gething welcomed the results of the 111 service pilot across Wales, which was initially trialled at the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board in October last year.