The Network welcomes the publication of the 2018 Radiology project reports and toolkit, presenting the results of this year’s benchmarking project. NHS Radiology services play a key role in many patient pathways, both as a diagnostic and interventional tool. Radiology supports patients across the full range of specialties in acute hospitals and makes a significant contribution in providing diagnosis to primary care and community services. Radiology is primarily an ambulatory service, with inpatient activity making up only 18% of overall activity.
Open to all acute providers of NHS radiology services, the benchmarking project reviews modalities, equipment and infrastructure, activity, access and waiting, reporting times, finance, staffing, productivity, quality and outcomes.
This year is the eighth round of the Radiology project. 82 organisations participated in the project this year which has grown from 45 in the project’s first year. The project has received excellent coverage with England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands participating.
The results provide some interesting findings, for example the number of plain film x-ray examinations delivered dropped slightly this year and for the first time represents less than 50% of the total number of examinations. The report also highlights many of the challenges faced by Radiology services, but despite this both cost and performance have been maintained reflecting the good work done by departments across the NHS.
Outputs from this year’s project include a national summary report, desktop toolkit and bespoke reports, which have already been made available to participants. The desktop toolkit provides hundreds of benchmarking comparisons providing a comprehensive analysis of the data collected and enables participants to test their data with a range of benchmarking denominators (e.g. organisational turnover, inpatient spells, occupied bed day etc.). The bespoke reports have been newly developed for the 2018 project and provide an easily accessible way for organisations to test their own positions against UK averages and peer group. Login to the members’ area to access to the outputs.
If you have any questions or comments about the project, please contact Aidan Rawlinson, to request access to the members’ area, or find out more about Network membership, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.