RCR Radiology Workforce Census

The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) recognises the importance of effective national and local radiology workforce planning and associated policies, informed by accurate and comprehensive workforce data. The RCR’s primary source of radiology workforce data is its annual workforce census, which captures detailed information on the radiology workforce, workload and outsourcing expenditure of all NHS radiology departments in the UK. The RCR has carried out workforce censuses annually since 2008, reporting key findings and trends. The 2016 clinical radiology UK workforce census report, summary slides and an infographic highlighting the key messages are available to download.

The census aims to obtain accurate and comprehensive data on the composition of the UK clinical radiology workforce to inform key policy initiatives, for example, early diagnosis of cancer, seven-day NHS services and stroke thrombectomy. Given the ongoing, severe shortage of radiologists in the face of ever increasing clinical demands, effective workforce planning and policy are particularly important. The RCR uses the workforce census data and reports to influence government and healthcare bodies, with responsibility for radiology workforce planning.

The RCR is enormously grateful to radiology Clinical Directors, RCR Regional Chairs and all NHS staff who have taken time to submit census information and contribute to this important piece of work.

census@rcr.ac.uk


RCR Waiting times survey report

Unreported X-rays, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations: results of the February 2016 snapshot survey of English NHS acute trusts

The latest snapshot survey, published in February 2016 by The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) shows the number of patients in England waiting over a month for the result of CT or MRI scans to be around 230,000. The report of the results also outlines the human, societal and financial costs of this backlog.

Unreported X-rays, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) examinations: results of the September 2015 snapshot survey of English NHS acute trusts

The snapshot survey in September 2015 by The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) reveals that the number of patients in England waiting over a month for the result of CT or MRI scans has more than doubled since the College’s survey in February 2015. Survey responses were received from 83% of NHS Trusts in England

Unreported X-rays, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans: Results of a snapshot survey of English National Health Service (NHS) trusts

In February 2015, the RCR undertook a survey amongst NHS trusts in England to understand the full extent of reporting delays in radiology departments and how long patients are waiting for results of their X-rays and scans. This survey forms part of a larger area of work by the College in workforce planning and policy and is also important for reasons of clinical practice and patient safety.

Key findings from the survey reveal that a majority of NHS trusts had a backlog in unreported radiology studies, affecting around 300,000 patients who are waiting more than a month for results of their tests.


The clinical radiology workforce in Scotland: 2014 census report

This report, based on the data collected in the RCR 2014 workforce census, focuses on the challenges faced by radiology departments across Scotland. It highlights the increasing demand and ongoing workforce problems which are resulting in radiology departments strugging to provide safe, high-quality diagnostic and interventional services.