RCR response to CRUK's 'Full team ahead' report

Monday 4 December 2017

The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) has applauded Cancer Research UK’s 'Full team ahead: understanding the UK non-surgical cancer treatments workforce' document, launched today.

RCR Vice President of Clinical Oncology Dr Jeanette Dickson said:

“This report is a welcome and much-needed holistic overview of the non-surgical cancer workforce, and the RCR is especially grateful to CRUK that we were given the opportunity to help shape the document and its recommendations. 

“Non-surgical cancer care truly is a team effort, with complex and vital working interdependencies between all of the oncologists, nurses, radiographers, physicists, technologists and others who work in our cancer centres. However, every one of those specialties is stretched and understaffed. To improve the situation, policy makers must recognise and support these multidisciplinary teams, and invest in each and every team member.

“To give UK cancer patients the future care they deserve we must have a national, multi-professional workforce plan. This strategy, which has to come from top, needs to not only promise – but deliver - the manpower and expertise we need to ensure sustainable, world-class treatment for our patients.” 

Notes to Editors

  • CRUK's report, 'Full team ahead: understanding the UK non-surgical cancer treatments workforce', can be viewed and downloaded here: http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-us/we-develop-policy/our-policy-on-cancer-services/non-surgical-cancer-treatments-workforce
  • Radiologists are doctors who are specially trained and qualified to interpret X-rays, scans and other types of medical images. These images are vital in detecting and diagnosing injury and disease, from spotting cancer and other serious diseases to diagnosing traumatic injuries, as well as assessing debilitating issues such as musculoskeletal conditions. Radiologists work closely with GPs and hospital specialists to ensure patients get the best type of scans to determine their condition, and they then provide a medical diagnosis of the problem and recommendations for treatment and next steps.    
  • The Royal College of Radiologists has over 10,500 fellows and members worldwide, representing the specialties of clinical oncology and clinical radiology.
  • The College sets and maintains the standards for entry to and practice in the specialties in addition to leading and supporting practitioners throughout their career www.rcr.ac.uk