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Doing things differently: Rethinking the radiology workforce 03 Nov 2017

Clinical radiology is in crisis…and has been since at least the start of the millennium according to professional body statements and published papers and articles.

So why, 17 years later are we still in crisis? Could we not see the impact that new imaging technologies would have on service demand? Could we not envisage the impact that an increasing and ageing population would have on service demand? Did we not consider the impact that government policies for new diagnostic pathways in cancer and dementia, to name only two, would have on service demand?

The answer of course is yes. But did we offer a solution to the crisis beyond calling for more of the same? The technological capability of radiology and its contribution to disease diagnosis, follow-up, treatment and management is not the same as it was 20 or 30 years ago.

The expectations of the health service and more importantly, the patients that we serve, are not the same as they were 20 or 30 years ago. The educational level of all qualified non-medical health professions is far higher than it was 20 or 30 years ago. So why, when we cry out about the crisis in radiology, do we continue to seek more of what has always been and not offer innovative and creative national solutions that value and maximise the skills of the whole workforce and embrace the opportunities of advanced computer technologies?

This presentation considers the opportunities to do things differently and challenges historical organisational practices and professional boundaries.

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Duration:23 mins

Speaker info

Maryann Hardy

Professor Maryann Hardy Professor of Radiography and Imaging Practice Research, University of Bradford Professor Maryann Hardy is a Professor of Radiography and Imaging Practice Research at the University of Bradford. She is recognized as a professional leader both in the UK and internationally and has authored over 50 book and journal publications as well as being regularly invited to speak on the topic of radiography and professional advancement. She has been recently appointed as Trustee and Vice-President for the Education Committee at the British Institute of Radiology following success as President of UKRC congress (2016 & 2017) and is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences and a member of the Editorial Board for Radiography Journal.