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Newly-trained mammographers boost breast screening workforce

19 January 2022

A HEE-funded training programme to boost the breast screening workforce is celebrating its first 50 new apprentices.

The newly-qualified mammographers are now working in the NHS Breast Screening Programme and breast units.  Another 70 apprentices are already in training and will qualify over the next two years, with further intakes planned.

The apprenticeship is part of a comprehensive programme of training, recruitment and career development aimed at tackling the national workforce shortages in NHS breast imaging and is funded by Health Education England.

The one-year Level 4 apprenticeship programme has training sites in Guildford, London, Manchester and Nottingham.

Helen Suddes, Widening Participation and Apprenticeship Lead for Health Education England North East and Yorkshire, said: “The development of the Mammography Associate Apprenticeship is so important for breast screening Services.

“Being able to deliver such a high quality programme has such positive benefits for our patients and all the organisations that we work with.”

Find out more about the programme here:-