Clinical Radiology Academic Committee

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Clinical Radiology Academic Committee

The function of the Clinical Radiology Academic Committee is to advise the Faculty of Clinical Radiology  on all aspects of academic development and clinical radiology research. This includes exploring methods by which the College can encourage and facilitate research in the specialty, and increase the number and quality of research-active and academic clinical radiologists in the UK. The committee also provides active support to trainee and consultant clinical radiologists commencing or developing a research-based career. The Academic Committee will also develop and oversee arrangements for joint funding of research with other bodies, and define the criteria and assess applications for any research-related fellowships, bursaries and scholarships that are established. 

The committee is comprised of a number of appointed members including research-active clinical radiologists based in hospitals or universities. One academic trainee and a lay representative are also included. The Vice President, the Medical Directors for both Professional Practice and Education and Training, the Treasurer, the Chair of the Clinical Radiology Professional Learning and Development Committee and the Editor of Clinical Radiology are ex-officio members of the committee.

Upcoming meetings 

  • Thursday 23 September (10.30am-1pm)

 

 

 

For enquiries, please contact the Governance and Academic Research Co-ordinator

Chair

  • Professor V Goh

Ex Officio

  • Dr S Chakraborty
  • Dr J Dickson (President)
  • Dr S Harden (Medical Director, Education and Training)
  • Dr W Ramsden (CR Vice President)
  • Dr M Weston (Editor, CR Journal)

Elected members

  • Dr J Franklin
  • Dr S Shelmerdine

Lay members

  • Mr Treddinick-Rowe

Co-opted members

  • Dr O Arthurs
  • Dr M Hall-Craggs
  • Dr T Turmezei (2020 Roentgen Professor)

Appointed Members

  • Dr A Ashok

Committee member

  • Professor Bidaut
  • Dr N Hoggard
  • Dr C Messiou
  • Dr A Plumb (2019 Roentgen professor)


Terms of Reference

  1. To advise the Faculty on matters relating to academic development and radiological research.
  2. To explore methods by which the RCR can encourage and foster research in radiological practice and education.
  3. To explore methods by which the RCR can increase the number and quality of research-active and academic radiologists within the UK.
  4. To provide active support to trainee and consultant radiologists commencing or developing a research-based career.
  5. To advise the Specialty Training Board on training issues relating to academic training posts in radiology and on educational research
  6. To liaise with the Editor of Clinical Radiology about developing appropriate mechanisms for promoting research outputs via the journal.
  7. To define criteria and terms of reference for RCR and joint-RCR Research Fellowships (currently with Wellcome Trust, MRC and CRUK), subject to appropriate liaison with the Clinical Oncology Faculty in relation to CRUK Fellowships and agreement by the Faculty Board. To liaise with funding bodies in accordance with the agreed arrangements for individual fellowships, and to contribute as agreed to the ongoing scheme arrangements and support of individual fellows.
  8. To explore and develop arrangements for proposed joint funding of research with other appropriate research funding bodies and to make recommendations in that regard to the Faculty Board.
  9. To develop proposals, make suitable budgetary arrangements and organise meetings to provide research career guidance, training in research techniques and opportunities for networking amongst research active radiologists, trainees, academics and consultants developing research activities
  10. To make recommendations on the following research awards and project grants when budget allows (via the Chair to Specialty Training Board for ratification):
  • Constance Thornton Fellowship (£3,000)
  • One Kodak Radiology Fund Bursary (£5,000)
  • One Kodak Radiology Fund Scholarship (£20,000)

Scoring criteria for recommendations should be objective and transparent and robust to any outside scrutiny. The scoring criteria should be in the form of templates and should be reviewed regularly and altered as required

  1. To conduct agreed processes and make recommendations to the Specialty Training Board on the appointment of the Röntgen Professor.
  2. To assist the Professional Learning and Development Sub-Committee in the development of the research and scientific aspects of the PLD programme and resources
  3. Annually and in accordance with the RCR budgetary processes, to provide advice to the Faculty Board on the appropriate allocation of monies from the Clinical Radiology Research Fund in support of activities proposed by the committee.
  4. There shall be no more than seven appointed members of the Committee including, ideally:
  • Two research-active clinical radiologists from university departments
  • One research-active clinical radiologist
  • One non-clinical scientist involved in imaging research
  • The Röntgen Professor for the year of tenure and for the following year (2)
  • One Junior Radiologists’ Forum representative.
  • One Lay Member
  1. Apart from the Röntgen Professors, appointed members are appointed by the Vice President, Clinical Radiology in consultation with the Chair of the committee. Appointed members serve for terms of three years renewable (at the Vice President’s discretion) for a further term of up to three years and no more.
  2. There shall be up to three co-opted members to represent speciality areas or interests not otherwise represented on the committee.
  3. Where possible, at least one member of the Committee is expected to have a special interest in education and educational research.
  4. Ex-officio members of the committee: the Vice President Clinical Radiology, The Medical Director Professional Practice Clinical Radiology The Medical Director Education and Training Clinical Radiology, the Treasurer, the Editor of Clinical Radiology and the Chair of the Clinical Radiology Sub Committee of the Professional Learning and Development Committee.
  5. All clinical members of the committee shall hold a current licence to practise and be in active clinical practice at the time of their appointment.
  6. The membership should reflect the diversity of the profession as far as possible and where appropriate, should reflect the work being done.  It should also reflect the geographical spread of members and the sub-specialisation of clinical radiologists.
  7. Members must abide by any stated or implied confidentiality that attaches to the work of the committee during or after any period of membership.
  8. Members must comply with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 as regards processing and disclosure of any personal data where it is made available to them as part of the work of the committee.
  9. The Chair will serve for a term of three years renewable (at the Vice President’s discretion) for a further term of up to three years and no more.  A committee member who is subsequently appointed as Chair of the committee will not have counted against his or her term of office as Chair any period of service as member of the committee.
  10. The Chair shall be appointed ex-officio to the Clinical Radiology Specialty Training Board, and to the Clinical Radiology Faculty Board and shall ensure appropriate linkage to the Professional Support and Standards Board. If the Chair cannot attend a Specialty Training Board meeting, a substitute should be provided.
  11. The duties of the Chair will include –
  • Chairing all meetings
  • Ensuring that the Terms of Reference are observed.
  • Engaging all members of the committee in the committee’s work.
  • Reporting to the Vice President, Clinical Radiology where a member fails to be active or fails to attend meetings so that the Vice President can form a view as to whether a member should be invited to vacate his or her place.
  • Regular attendance at the Speciality Training Board, with attendance (or arranging for the attendance by a deputy) at the Professional Support and Standards Board where appropriate.
  • Regular attendance at meetings of the Clinical Radiology Faculty Board, ensuring a report on the work of the committee at least once per year.
  • Attendance at agreed European policy committees, such as the European Society of Radiology Research Committee and the European Institute for Biomedical Imaging Research (EIBIR)
  • Ensuring that relevant matters are drawn to the attention of the Vice President, Clinical Radiology, and other Clinical Radiology Officers, and the Faculty Board as appropriate
  • Ensuring that links and liaison are established with other relevant College bodies and Special Interest Groups.
  • Acting as media spokesperson for the College in respect of matters within the remit of the committee at the request of the President or a Faculty Officer
  • Reviewing the work of the committee at least once during his or her term of office and making any recommendations to the Vice President of the Faculty of Clinical Radiology.
  1. In the absence of the Chair, meetings will be chaired by a nominated deputy.
  2. There will normally be up to three meetings in each College year.
  3. The quorum shall be not less than three appointed members, to include the chair or deputy chair, and at least one RCR Officer.
  4. The committee will ensure that all procedures and decision making practices adopted in relation to the recommendation of the award of RCR funds are based on impartial and accountable decision-making, utilising peer review processes where appropriate.
  5. The committee is accountable to the Clinical Radiology Faculty Board via the Specialty Training Board and will ensure appropriate linkage to the Clinical Radiology Policy Support and Standards Board.
  6. The minutes of the committee will be presented to the Clinical Radiology Specialty Training and the Professional Support and Standards Board.
  7. The committee will report at least annually to the Clinical Radiology Faculty Board on its work.
  8. The committee will not express any opinion or make any statement publicly or to the media that is held out to be a view from the College without first consulting and agreeing the approach with the Vice President, Clinical Radiology.
  9. The committee will not send representatives to other bodies or meetings on behalf of the College unless that has been agreed in advance with the Vice President, Clinical Radiology.

Approved by the Board of the Faculty of Clinical Radiology: 26th February 2016