Standards for the education and training of reporting practitioners in musculoskeletal plain radiographs

Monday 30 May 2022

We are pleased to announce the publication of Standards for the education and training of reporting practitioners in musculoskeletal plain radiographs. This joint publication from the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and College of Radiographers (CoR) defines the education and training required for all members of the multi-professional team who report MSK plain radiographs. This includes the learning outcomes to be achieved, minimum requirements for assessment, and recommendations on how education programmes for MSK plain film reporters should be designed and structured.

For clinical radiology trainees on UK training programmes these requirements are encompassed in the GMC-approved RCR curriculum, while diagnostic radiographers will meet the requirements through CoR-approved masters level programmes.

With a chronic shortage of both radiologists and radiographers and significant increasing demand for reporting services, intensified by the COVID-19 pandemic and the NHS COVID recovery plan, effective team working in the delivery of clinical imaging services has never been more important. The newly published standards will support this by ensuring that all members of the multi-professional team reporting MSK plain radiographs within a clinical imaging service will be trained to a standard level of overall competence in this aspect of their practice. Importantly, the document states that it is expected that other MSK plain film reporters operating outside of a clinical imaging service should also follow the same standards for education and training.

We are grateful to Health Education England for financially supporting and prioritising this 4-nation work along with representatives from the RCR, CoR, and The British Society of Skeletal Radiologists for their involvement in this project.

View the publication