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 specialities 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.

Radiology service managers are faced with various challenges, in particular the combination of national staff shortages for key roles and a year-on-year growth in demand presents a challenge to service delivery. The recent CQC Radiology Review (July 2018), the Royal College of Radiologists Annual Review and the national press have highlighted areas where risks to patients safety can occur when trying to find ways to deliver the work with suboptimal staffing levels, for example, the inappropriate use of auto-reporting.

This project is for all providers of Radiology Services. Subscribing members will receive:

  • Access to a benchmarking toolkit, allowing you to benchmark your service across hundreds of metrics

  • A bespoke dashboard report outlining key metrics, and highlighting your reported positions

  • A high-level report outlining key messages nationally

  • A good practice compendium of information supplied by member participants

  • Free attendance at annual conferences, accessing presentations on project key findings, from national policy leads and members

  • Good practice case studies on how members use the benchmarking to improve service delivery

2018/19 Benchmarking Project

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.

You can read more about the highlights from the 2018 project in our news section.

For queries about this project, please contact Aidan Rawlinson.

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