Service review

Invited service reviews

The Board of the Faculty of Clinical Radiology established the Service Review Committee (SRC) in 2000 to assist The Royal College of Radiologists in responding appropriately and consistently to requests for review of service provision in departments of clinical radiology where trusts or equivalent bodies across the UK were concerned about standards or performance issues at a service level. The SRC's aim is to review, independently and at the invitation of the trust Chief Executive, departments of clinical radiology in the interests of maintain high-quality radiology services for patients.

The RCR is clear that its service reviews will not be used as a means of assessing the clinical competence of individuals or as a vehicle for employers to use when seeking to develop a remediation plan for individual doctors about whom they may have a concern. Where a trust has concerns about the performance of an individual, the RCR recommends the assistance of the National Clinical Assessment Service (NCAS) or the General Medical Council (GMC) Employer Liaison Service

Dr Andrew Smethurst, Medical Director Professional Practice Clinical Radiology, is the Chair of the Service Review Committee.

There is a clear process for reviews conducted by the Service Review Committee and service reviews will always focus on whole departments or services.

Important note
It is inappropriate to equate a function related to the review of a service with a requirement to assess an individual, and therefore revalidation and service reviews should be treated as entirely different activities.

Invited service reviews will not be used as a means of assessing the clinical competence of individuals or as a vehicle for employers to use when seeking to develop a remediation plan for individual doctors about whom they may have a concern.

All SRC enquiries should be directed to the Professional Services Team