Increasing radiology capacity within the lung cancer pathway: centralised work-based support for trainee chest x-ray reporting radiographers

Woznitza, N., Steele, R., Piper, K., Burke, S., Rowe, S., Bhowmik, A., Maughn, S. and Springett, K. (2018) Increasing radiology capacity within the lung cancer pathway: centralised work-based support for trainee chest x-ray reporting radiographers. Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences. ISSN 2051-3895.

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Diagnostic capacity and time to diagnosis are frequently identified as a barrier to improving cancer patient outcomes. Maximising the contribution of the medical imaging workforce, including reporting radiographers, is one way to improve service delivery.

An efficient and effective centralised model of workplace training support was designed for a cohort of trainee chest X-ray (CXR) reporting radiographers. A comprehensive schedule of tutorials was planned and aligned with the curriculum of a post-graduate certificate in CXR reporting. Trainees were supported via a hub and spoke model (centralised training model), with the majority of education provided by a core group of experienced CXR reporting radiographers. Trainee and departmental feedback on the model was obtained using an online survey.

Fourteen trainees were recruited from eight National Health Service Trusts across London. Significant efficiencies of scale were possible with centralised support (48 h) compared to traditional workplace support (348 h). Trainee and manager feedback overall was positive. Trainees and managers both reported good trainee support, translation of learning to practice and increased confidence. Logistics, including trainee travel and release, were identified as areas for improvement.

Centralised workplace training support is an effective and efficient method to create sustainable diagnostic capacity and support improvements in the lung cancer pathway.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Open Access
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lung neoplasms; radiography; thoracic; training support
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0071 Examination. Diagnosis including radiography
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Allied Health Professions
Depositing User: Nick Woznitza
Date Deposited: 11 May 2018 14:01
Last Modified: 14 May 2019 16:04

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