Clinical radiology workload: guidance on radiologists’ reporting figures

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The workload of clinical radiology continues to increase year on year, placing pressure on radiology services to be more efficient while maintaining and improving the quality.

One of the key measurables of radiologists is the number of reported studies. Although this is a significant part of the job plan of a radiologist, there are other valuable activities which must be timetabled or taken into account when agreeing job plans and overall department activity. The most notable of these are the multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTMs) for both cancer and non-cancerous conditions, but as important are those ad hoc clinical contacts with referring colleagues as well as valuable time spent with patients, which may be more difficult to quantify.

However, The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) is continuously asked, ‘What are the standards for number of reported cases that it would recommend?’ This is a complex subject but this does not mean we should shy away from producing some guidance with recommendations on how it should be applied.

Our aim with this guidance, Clinical radiology workload: guidance on radiologists’ reporting figures, is that it can be used as a framework for agreeing overall activity of radiology services and act as a basis for job plan discussions. It must be stressed that local circumstances will need to be considered when applying such guidance.

We would like to have feedback from those who use this document and hope that you find it valuable.

This document was reviewed in 2016 and Clinical Radiology Officers agreed it should be retained.