The RIC is responsible, on behalf of the CR Professional Support and Standards Board, for assisting the Faculty in developing methods of advancing radiology using Information Technology.
The Committee is chaired by the CR Informatics Adviser, and includes industry representatives alongside appointed members of the Faculty. The CR Vice President, CR Medical Director for Professional Practice, CR Medical Director for Education and Training, and the President are ex-officio members.
Full details of the Committee’s remit can be found in the terms of reference.
If there are any issues that you would like to raise, please email the chair of the Committee, Dr Neelam Dugar, via the Professional Support and Standards Administrator.
2020 meeting dates
- Thursday 9 January
- Thursday 26 March
- Thursday 10 September
On Thursday 10 September 2020 the Informatics Committee held a virtual Industry Workshop through which they showcased the new standards and guidelines they will be championing as fundamental to procurement of technologies over the next year. The committee is keen to engage with industry, to learn from each other and consider future priorities for developing informatics guidance for the radiology community. Please see the overview and event summary for more information.
The Radiology Informatics Committee have helped to develop the following guidance documents:
- Radiology business intelligence for service planning and workforce modelling - published October 2020
- Integrating artificial intelligence (AI) with the radiology reporting workflow (RIS and PACS): Guidance on implementation of AI brought in during the COVID-19 pandemic - published April 2020
- Interim guidance to enable remote reporting during the COVID-19 pandemic - published March 2020
- Guidance on maintaining patient confidentiality when using radiology department information systems - published November 2019
- Picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) and guidelines on diagnostic display devices - published February 2019
- Setting up a regional or national radiology digital teaching archive and Picture archive and communication system contract specification – for teaching archive contribution - published July 2018
- Standards for interpretation and reporting of imaging investigations - published May 2018
- Radiology Image and Report Retention Guidance - published December 2017
- Lifelong learning and building teams using peer feedback - published September 2017
- Developing Radiology Reporting Networks - Who Shares wins - published October 2016
- Standards for the communication of radiology reports and notification of Failsafe Alerts - published May 2016
- A practical guide to implementing Ordercomms and electronic remote requesting in radiology - published January 2014
- Guidelines and standards for implementation of new PACS/RIS solutions in the UK - published June 2011
- Dr Neelam Dugar, Radiology Informatics Adviser, Chair
Ex officio members
- Dr Sarim Ather, Junior Radiologists' Forum representative
- Dr Andy Beale, Medical Director, Membership and Business
- Prof Mark Callaway, Medical Director, Professional Practice
- Dr Jeanette Dickson, President
- Dr Stephen Harden, Medical Director, Education and Training
- Dr Michelle Mak, Clinical Radiology Specialty Training Board representative
- Dr Caroline Rubin, Vice President
- Dr Matt Williams, Clinical Oncology PSSB IT adviser
- Dr Daniel Fascia
- Dr Stephen Fenn
- Dr Subhadip Ghosh-Ray
- Dr Fiona Miller
- Mr Robin Breslin, IHE-UK and DICOM representative
- Mr Bob Childe, Industry representative (Convenor of the AXrEM PACS/RIS Specialist Focus Group)
- Ms Moira Crotty, Society of Radiographers / NHS Digital
- Dr Mark Griffiths, UK Imaging Informatics Group representative
- Dr Philip Scott, HL7-UK representative
- Dr Jon Benham, for Digital Teaching Archive Connectivity using TCE Profile expertise
Advise the Faculty of Clinical Radiology on all matters relating to the application of information and communications technology in the specialty of clinical radiology and on future developments.
Assist the Faculty to develop methods of advancing radiology using information technology.
Act as an interface between the Faculty and other professional bodies involved in informatics in healthcare.
Advise the Faculty on appropriate policy matters.
Develop for consideration such professional guidance, standards or other advice as commissioned from time to time by the Clinical Radiology Professional Support and Standards Board.
Advise as required by the Clinical Radiology Professional Support and Standards Board, other Faculty boards, committees, sub-committees or working parties, or the Faculty of Clinical Oncology.
The Committee is accountable and reports to the Clinical Radiology Professional Support and Standards Board.
The Committee will be chaired by the Clinical Radiology Informatics Adviser as appointed. This will be a three year term of office, renewable for an additional three years. In his/her absence the CR Informatics Committee will be chaired by another Clinical Radiology Fellow of the group.
The duties of the Chair include:
Chairing all meetings
Ensuring that the purpose and terms of reference are observed
Engaging all members of the Committee in the work being done
Ensuring regular reports are made to the Clinical Radiology Professional Support and Standards Board
Ensuring that relevant matters are drawn to the attention of the Medical Director Professional Practice, Clinical Radiology or other Faculty Officer as appropriate
Acting as media spokesperson for the College in respect of matters within the remit of the Committee at the request of College Officers.
Managing conflicts of interest in accordance with the College document Declaring and registering conflicts of interest: policy and procedures.
All Clinical Radiology Officers and the President
Medical Director, Membership and Business may attend meetings with the agreement of the Chair
A member of the Clinical Radiology Specialty Training Board
A member of the Junior Radiologists' Forum
Clinical Oncology PSSB IT Adviser
There will be four appointed members who will each serve for a term of three years. Appointed members will be Fellows of the Faculty of Clinical Radiology and resident in the UK, in active clinical practice, holding a licence to practise at the time of close ofapplications. Applications will be ranked against the role description in accordance with the board and committee appointment procedures in force for the College from time to time.
There will be up to four co-opted members, who will each serve for a period of up to three years. The committee will determine from time to time the particular experience, skills or background of the co-opted members that will be required to assist in its work.
There will be up to seven nominated members. Nominated members will be as follows:
1 x Society and College of Radiographers representative
1 x UK Imaging Informatics Group representative
1 x NHS Digital representative
1 x Industry representative
1 x Standards body IHE-UK representative
1 x Standards body HL7-UK representative
1 x Professional Record Standards Body (PRSB) representative
A member of the Committee may represent more than one role/organisation as agreed by the Chair and Medical Director, Professional Practice.
Any member of the Committee shall cease to hold office if s/he fails to participate in person or by video/teleconference in two consecutive meetings of the Group without providing an explanation which the Chair considers satisfactory.
Conflicts of interest
Conflicts of interest will be managed in accordance with the College document Declaring and registering conflicts of interest: policy and procedures. The work of the Committee may give rise to a high risk of a conflict of interest because it may have to rely on the expertise of those who may also be involved in commercial developments. In such instances, the procedure described in the document as to advance declarations of interest will be followed as will the guidance on decision making by the Committee and decision taking which will usually be by the Clinical Radiology Professional Support and Standards Board.
The Committee will meet up to three times per year on dates to be agreed.
Meetings may be held by virtual means/remote attendance.
Committee members may be called upon to consider or determine matters electronically between meetings and are expected to contribute to such considerations or decisions as part of their duties as Committee members.
Committee members will not speak on behalf of the Committee, the Faculty or College unless authorised to do so.
Committee members will abide by any stated or implied confidentiality that attaches to the work of the Board during or after any period of membership.
Committee members will comply with the provisions of the General Data Protection Regulation as regards of any personal data where it is made available to them as part of their work.
At meetings of the Committee, one third of the members (which must include one Officer eligible to attend and one appointed member)shall form a quorum. This includes members joining the meeting remotely by video or tele-conference.
The meeting quorum shall constitute the quorum for remote decisions taken outside the meeting.
Approved by Clinical Radiology Professional Support and Standards Board on 7 February 2019.
The minutes of meetings held over the last year are available to members and Fellows of the College. If you would like to see the minutes of earlier meetings please contact the Professional Support and Standards Administrator.