Team working in clinical imaging

Reference: 
BFCR(12)9
ISBN: 
978-1-905034-58-1
Date: 
2012
Status: 
Under review

Team working in clinical imaging sets out the key components of team working that The Royal College of Radiologists and the Society and College of Radiographers (the Colleges) believe are essential to delivering high-quality, effective clinical imaging services in clinical and political environments that are changing rapidly.

The delivery of effective clinical imaging services to support good health outcomes demands team work, leadership, and appropriate skills and support, and these should be evident across all areas of clinical imaging service delivery. This document examines the application of these demands, and sets out the Colleges’ views relative to the following key areas:

  • Justification of examination requests
  • Radiation protection
  • Image acquisition
  • Reporting
  • Management and service improvement.

The document identifies that robust team working underpinned by relevant professional education and strong governance enables roles and responsibilities to be shared across professional groups to deliver cost-effective high-quality clinical imaging services with real benefits and gains for both patients and referrers.

The Colleges expect this guidance to be used to support the delivery and continuing development of effective clinical imaging services.