Our conference season was kicked off by the ever-popular Benchmarking & Good Practice in Radiology Services event on Wednesday 27th September. We were delighted to see so many of our members attend to take a first look at the benchmarking for 2017.
The event began with Charlotte Beardmore, who provided an update from the European Federation of Radiographer Societies, which currently represents over 100,000 radiographers and 8,000 student radiographers across Europe. Current areas of focus, as discussed in Charlotte’s presentation, include the implementation of the BSS Directive, developing and promoting radiographer-led research, and harmonising radiography education.
We then moved onto a well-received presentation from Tim Briggs, National Director for Clinical Quality & Efficiency for NHS Improvement. Comments from our delegates on the ‘Getting It Right First Time’ presentation include ‘inspiring’ and ‘really informative’.
Following a short refreshment break, Stephen Watkins, Director for the Network, presented the 2017 Radiology Services project findings. We were delighted to announce our highest level of participation for the project to date with 93 participating organisations from England, Wales, Scotland and Guernsey this year! The first look at the Radiology report demonstrated that there continues to be no standardised approach to commissioning of clinical imaging services.
Building on Charlotte’s focus of promoting radiographer-led research, Alex Lipton of the Society of Radiographers spoke about the culture of research being at the heart of the radiography profession in her presentation.
Following a networking opportunity during lunch, we returned to hear from Tony Newman-Sanders, National Clinical Director for Diagnostic & Imaging for NHS England. Tony discussed the vision of personalised medicine having an impact on the way we think about diagnostic imaging in order to get maximum value from treatments. The presentation certainly gave the audience and Tony a lot to consider.
Our first conference of the events season came to a close with two presentations of good practice. Elaine Quick from Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust spoke about her Trusts’ Home Reporting trial. Following this, Rachel Nolan from North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust delivered a presentation on The Peterborough Model; a collaboration between Radiographers, Sonographers, and Radiologists. Both Elaine and Rachel’s presentations initiated much discussion between delegates, showing the potential to install these model into other Trusts.
We truly appreciate all speakers and their input to the event and hope that all delegates enjoyed their day. The report for Radiology will be available in November.