The RCR in 2016 – activity, growth and achievement

Thursday 22 December 2016

2016 was a busy year for the College, one crowded with growth and achievement.

Through our Membership Survey we listened to the views of Fellows and members worldwide on the services, benefits and support offered by the College and their expectations for the future.

Through our workforce censuses, we drew attention to the shortfall of clinical radiologists and clinical oncologists across the UK and pressed the governments of the four nations to expand the numbers in training. We produced resources for those considering a career as a clinical oncologist or clinical radiologist.  Meanwhile, radiologists based overseas could view our videos explaining the rewards of working in the UK.  

Our Annual Scientific Meeting in September was attended by a record breaking 804 delegates while our total membership passed 10,000 for the first time. Our social media profile continued to increase, reflected in the growth of our Twitter following to over 8,000.

We participated in many Government and health sector consultations and through an increased media presence, commented on issues of major concern including patient access to advanced radiotherapy and cancer drugs, the junior doctors’ contract dispute and the chronic shortfall in radiologist numbers.  We were one of four royal colleges invited to give oral evidence to the House of Lords committee on the Sustainability of the NHS.

In September, Dr Nicola Strickland became President to serve until September 2019 in succession to Dr Giles Maskell. We proudly welcomed 376 new Fellows to the College at our spring and autumn admission ceremonies.

2016 saw us publish new or revised professional guidance on a range of clinical topics including an updated, second edition of Radiotherapy dose fractionation. We started a programme of oncology and radiology webinars and expanded our existing CPD programme to include more non-clinical events. A new App for our Clinical Oncology and Clinical Radiology journals was launched.

These highlights give just a small insight to what the College achieved in 2016 – see our website for more.