Clinical radiology UK workforce census report 2018

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The RCR annual clinical radiology workforce census provides comprehensive, accurate and timely data on the UK clinical radiology workforce. The RCR has carried out workforce censuses annually since 2008 (except 2013). Census and training data are used by the RCR to monitor key workforce trends, forecast future numbers of consultant clinical radiologists, and highlight any gaps between the workforce supply and the demand for diagnostic and interventional radiology.

Findings from the Clinical Radiology UK Workforce Census Report 2018 and 2018 key findings graphic are concerning: while the demand for radiology services is increasing, and growing ever more complex, workforce growth is not keeping pace with demand, vacant consultant posts cannot be filled and expenditure on outsourcing, insourcing and locums is spiralling. These powerful, but concerning, data are used by the RCR to lobby government, health education bodies and policy-makers for increased training numbers and improved working practices for clinical radiologists. The data can also be used by radiology services to benchmark themselves against national data. We would like to thank all imaging departments for participating in the 2018 census and ensuring robust data, with a 100% completion rate.

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