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The “Radiology Reset Button” has been pressed! 17 Jun 2020

In February 2020, the NHS faced radiology backlogs stretching into the thousands across the country. Fast forward 3 months and due to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic and ‘clearing the decks’, practically every radiology department in the UK have been able to play catch up and are now virtually “Hot Reporting”. The questions now are…. How can we maintain this position of “zero backlog”? How can capacity best be utilised? What can Radiology do to ensure that an outcome will always reach the patient whilst the management of their condition can still be affected? 

“The Radiology Reset Button has been pressed” aims to offer Radiology Managers, Clinical Directors, Radiologists & Radiographers thoughts on how they can look to approach imaging & oncology services differently to how they did pre-pandemic. For example; has the reset button allowed “radiology” time to plan and think more innovatively about how it will tackle issues around workforce and workflow (particularly to accommodate the cleaning of equipment & social distancing measures)? Have we become more amenable to technology and is there now room to introduce areas of service & quality improvement to better “Turnaround Times”, reduce practices such as auto-reporting and deliver greater control on the throughput of a department?

This “free to view, CPD accredited” Study Evening will bring together leading experts from across Radiology and the rest of Healthcare including; The SCoR, RCR, HEIs, HEE & NHSE/I, to offer their insights & opinions on what opportunity we have in this moment to introduce a new way of delivering imaging services as well as look at how departments can manage COVID-19 alongside routine patients and those whose treatment has been delayed? Will we become less or more “risk averse”?

What will radiology look like now the “Radiology Reset Button” has been pressed? We look forward to you joining us. Agenda will follow shortly.

Mr Fodi Kyriakos, Head of Reporting, InHealth Group
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Mr Fodi Kyriakos is a former director of RIG Healthcare and founder of RIG Reporting, the UK’s first provider of external radiographer reporting services. In 2016 he joined The InHealth Group following its acquisition of RIG Reporting and is now the Head of Reporting across the Group. His service specialises in delivering plain film reporting solutions and is the only provider to offer both on-site and telereporting services. Fodi has over 22 years experience in workforce & staffing solutions and 17 years working exclusive within Imaging & Oncology. He is a member of the Institute of Healthcare Managers and a regular contributor of professional development events across radiology.

Dr Nick Woznitza, Consultant Radiographer, Homerton University Hospital, Canterbury, Christ Church University
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Dr Nick Woznitza is a Consultant Radiographer, specialising in plain imaging reporting. As part of a team of reporting radiographers, he provides a significant contribution to diagnostic capacity and has successfully implemented several radiographer led-reporting initiatives. Nick is an accredited Consultant Practitioner with the College of Radiographers and also as an Advanced Practitioner with the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy. Nick was the overall winner and practice innovator of the year at the 2017 Chief Allied Health Professions Officer awards.

Professor Alison Leary, Chair of Healthcare & Workforce Modelling, London Southbank University
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Professor Alison Leary primarily undertakes research but also teaches on a range of post graduate programmes and supervises post graduate research students at LSBU. Her interests are in the complexity of healthcare, safety, math models and data science. After spending ten years in science Prof. Leary undertook an RN diploma at The Nightingale School at St Thomas Hospital (now Kings College London). She attained a Masters in Biomedical Science (Haematology) Prof. Leary obtained a PhD in Clinical Medicine from the University of London (Royal Free & University College School of Medicine).
Prof. Leary writes regularly for the general, trade and academic press. In 2015 she was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and in 2016 a Fellow of the Queen Nursing Institute and a Winston Churchill Fellow for which she examined high reliability organisations looking at safety. She was awarded an MBE for her services to safety and emergency workforce modelling in English League Football in 2019. In recent years she has undertaken various projects around the modelling of complex systems in both the public and private sector and has a particular interest in the work of specialist practice and its value. She undertakes research & consultancy in this area-she also provides a service as an expert witness.

Mr Andy Howlett, Director of Diagnostics, Medicines and Pharmacy Improvement, NHS England and Improvement
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Mr Andy Howlett is a graduate of Cambridge University, University of Bath School of Management and the NHS Management Training Scheme, and has over 20 years of operational management experience within Acute NHS provider organisations at senior level. Andy has led NHS Improvement’s implementation of the clinical and workforce productivity recommendations from the Carter Report (2016) for the last 3 years, including the establishment of Pathology and Imaging Networks. Following the recent development that sees NHS England and NHS Improvement working together more closely, Andy’s role
has evolved to leading Diagnostics, Medicines & Pharmacy Improvement across NHSE and NHSI. Andy is also the Senior Responsible Officer for the Health System Led Investment, EPMA and E-rostering digital programmes, part of the NHS’s Digital Transformation Portfolio. For the last 3 months, Andy has been leading the NHSE/I Imaging Cell supporting frontline
services to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Sue Johnson, Professional officer: Clinical Imaging, The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR)
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Sue Johnson works as a Professional Officer in Clinical Imaging at the Society and College of Radiographers, where she has been for the last six years. She is one of a small team working in the Professional and Education department under the Directorship of Charlotte Beardmore. Amongst other responsibilities in clinical imaging Sue leads on the SCoR work for medicines, breast imaging,nuclear medicine and the assistant practitioner workforce across radiography. She works closely at a national level with colleagues from England government agencies and other stakeholders representing the organisation on matters of workforce and service development. Sue also provides support and professional guidance to SoR members from across the workforce at an individual level. Sue is a diagnostic radiographer with over 30 years’ experience. Her clinical career culminated in her becoming a Clinical Manager in the Radiology Department at Derby Hospitals. Sue spent 4 years as a part-time lecturer in radiography at the University of Derby eventually deciding that management in an x-ray Department was more enticing than an academic career. Sue has been an enthusiastic supporter of radiographers’ professional development and
has a long association with the Society and College of Radiographers.

Charlotte Beardmore, Director of Professional Policy, The Society and College of Radiographers (SCoR)
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Charlotte Beardmore is the Director of Professional Policy at the Society and College of Radiographers (ScoR) and is currently Vice-President for the European Federation of Radiographer Societies (EFRS) Board, as well as honorary member of the Royal College of Radiologists. She is a past president of the Society and College of Radiographers. Charlotte has over 30 years of experience as a radiographer, expanding across clinical, project and managerial positions in the NHS, private sector and within the SCoR. Her current role within the SCoR requires her to provide leadership, advice and guidance on educational and professional development of the profession across the UK. Charlotte leads the professional and educational team at the SCoR and works with SCoR UK Council and the College Board of Trustees. She is a co-chair of the Health Education England (HEE) Advanced Clinical Practice Steering group and a member of the HEE Integrated Imaging Workforce working group
which includes the Sonography workstreams, and represents the SCoR on CASE Member Organisations group.

Dr Caroline Rubin, Vice President for the Faculty of Clinical Radiology, Royal College of Radiologists
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Dr Caroline Rubin trained in Medicine at King’s College London and Westminster Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1979. She was appointed as Consultant Radiologist with a special interest in breast imaging in Southampton in 1988, at the start of the National Screening Programme. She was Director of the Southampton and Salisbury Breast Screening Programme for 25 years and a Member of the Advisory Committee for Breast Cancer Screening for 12 years. With a lifelong interest in education and training she has undertaken many roles including College Tutor for 9 years, Head of Training for 7 years and Head of the Wessex School of Radiology for 5 years. Awarded Masters in Education from the University of Winchester in 2005. Roles within the Royal College of Radiologists include Medical Director Education and Training for Clinical Radiology 2013-16 and Vice President for the Faculty of Clinical Radiology 2017-2020.

Dr Sam Hare, Consultant Chest Radiologist, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
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Dr Sam Hare is a Consultant Chest Radiologist and Lead for Chest Radiology at the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. Sam also represents the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) on the British Lung Foundation Lung Taskforce, as well as being an executive committee member of the British Society of Thoracic Imaging (BSTI). After completing formal radiology training in the UK between 2004-2009 he undertook a thoracic radiology fellowship in North America (2009-2010). Sam was subsequently appointed to the position of consultant thoracic radiologist at The Ottawa Hospital in Canada specialising in: (i) complex lung biopsy techniques and (ii) lung cancer screening & diagnosis. He returned to the NHS in 2011 and currently runs the innovative ambulatory lung biopsy service at the Royal Free London NHS Trust. The ambulatory lung biopsy service has been recognised with several national prizes: NHS Innovation Challenge Prize for Cancer Care; BMJ Award for Cancer Team of the Year; HSJ Acute Sector Innovation award. Through his role at BSTI, Sam has helped develop national and international guidance on radiology protocols for the COVID19 pandemic.

Ms Val Middleton, Consultant Radiographer, Plain Image Reporting, University Hospitals North Midlands NHS Trust
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Ms Valerie Middleton qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer in 2001 and has practiced as a general image reporting advanced practitioner since 2004. Val reports all areas of plain imaging and has experience working within a number of NHS trusts of various sizes and with progressive levels of seniority. This experience has provided her with a broadened set of knowledge and skills to perform as an expert in her field. Alongside her career she has two young children and an NHS working husband to keep her on her toes. Val’s passion for the radiography profession culminated in an appointment as a Consultant Radiographer in 2014. Val’s role has given her opportunity to push the boundaries of conventional thinking whilst performing the 4 core domains of advanced practice at consultant/MSc level. Whilst providing expert opinion as part of a patient’s diagnostic journey Val work closely with the wider multi-disciplinary and senior management team’s clinically leading general and advanced practice imaging services. Teaching at undergraduate, postgraduate and radiology registrar levels is a key part of her role whilst actively researching and developing patient pathways using evidence based practice. Ms Middleton is a member of the SCoR Consultant Radiographer Advisory Group working with other consultants from across diagnostic and therapy throughout the UK. This role allows her to contribute to the national direction of the radiography profession and policy working closely, with other institutions, unions and national NHS leads. Emergency care and rheumatology are key areas of interest of Val’s and she is currently working closely with ED and rheumatology MDT leads to achieve change and progressively improve the services we provide to our patients.

Mr Richard Lewis, Head of Radiology Digital Solutions, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
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Mr Richard Lewis qualified as a diagnostic radiographer from Cranfield University in 2002 and instantly became involved in a programme of change in the NHS as radiology departments migrated away from ‘wet’ imaging through to digital computed Radiography, and this has been his career ever since. For over a decade Richard maintained a 50/50 split of clinical duties vs providing support for PACS, RIS and any other digital integration that radiology became involved in. After 5 years as a full time PACS Manager his role was expanded to allow freedom to develop new digitals strategies for a range of partners across the NHS. While Richard’s primary focus is still on development of the radiology solutions and managing the daily digital workflows, he is currently working on projects with NHS improvement, CQC as well as local CCGs and Primary Care Trusts in areas such as AI and rapid diagnostic delivery.

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