RCR radiology workforce census

The RCR annual clinical radiology workforce census provides comprehensive, accurate and timely data on the UK clinical radiology workforce.  The RCR has carried out workforce censuses annually since 2008 (except 2013).  Census and training data are used by the RCR to monitor key workforce trends, forecast future numbers of consultant clinical radiologists, and highlight any gaps between the workforce supply and the demand for diagnostic and interventional radiology.

Findings from the Clinical Radiology UK Workforce Census Report 2018 and 2018 infographic are concerning: whilst the demand for diagnostic radiology services is increasing, and growing ever more complex, workforce growth is not keeping pace with demand, vacant consultant posts cannot be filled, and expenditure on outsourcing, insourcing and locums is spiralling. These powerful, but concerning, data are used by the RCR to lobby government, health education bodies, and policy-makers for increased training numbers and improved working practices for clinical radiologists. The data can also be used by radiology services to benchmark themselves against national data. We would like to thank all radiology Clinical Directors for participating in the 2018 census and ensuring robust data, with a 100% completion rate.

The UK Workforce Census Report 2018 is supported by individual devolved nations workforce census reports; these summary reports provide details of the clinical radiology workforce situation in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales in 2018. The focus of these reports is regional variation and workforce forecasts over the next five years.

For queries or suggestions regarding census data, please email census@rcr.ac.uk

 


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.