The RCR was informed last week that the post of Head of the Yorkshire and the Humber School of Radiology has been offered by Health Education England (HEE) to an individual who is not a radiologist and not medically qualified. The RCR was not consulted about this appointment and was not involved in the appointment process in any way. We understand that there was no radiologist member of the appointment panel and also that a suitably qualified and experienced consultant radiologist was interviewed for the post.
Radiology training and service delivery involve specific and complex challenges. The role of Head of a School of Radiology includes the management of issues including trainees in difficulty, trainers about whom concerns are raised, the interface with clinical departments including the provision of out of hours services, the management of reporting discrepancies, radiology service whistleblowing concerns and the provision of strategic leadership and planning. The RCR considers that only consultant radiologists have the skills and experience to command the respect of radiology trainees and trainers in this role.
The RCR has unambiguously communicated in writing to HEE that the College does not support this appointment. We have requested an urgent meeting with the local Postgraduate Dean to explore how the damage caused by this ill-informed and ill-conceived decision can be limited.
The RCR recognises the anxiety and distress that this will cause radiology trainees and trainers not only in Yorkshire and the Humber, but also across the country.