Radiology Academies ReviewIn 2005 the Department of Health and the Royal College of Radiologists collaborated to set up three Radiology Academies – Leeds & West Yorkshire, Norwich and Peninsula (Plymouth). These innovative purpose-built training environments were intended to increase clinical radiology training numbers and enhance the provision of effective and high-quality specialist training for a medical workforce experiencing a national shortage.
This review was the first formal evaluation of the Radiology Academy training model. The purpose of the review was to consider the academic performance, service impact and cost-effectiveness of the three existing Radiology Academies. The review was undertaken to establish if the original Radiology Academy training model remained ‘fit for purpose’ and to inform future HEE decisions concerning, and investment in, Clinical Radiology training infrastructure.
Given the explicit multi-professional approach HEE takes to managing the quality of education and training for all healthcare learners, consideration was given in the review, to accessibility of Radiology Academy training infrastructure to wider multi-professional imaging and clinical teams.
The review generated a fair and balanced assessment and its findings were well received by stakeholders. These summary and short reports are being made available to a wider audience to share the main findings of the review. We hope that sharing the findings of the review will be useful to the health professional community and will provide a springboard to develop support for education and training across the wider multi-professional healthcare workforce.
The findings should be of interest to local workforce planning and commissioning bodies and NHS provider Trusts considering development of further education and training academies to help ensure they are cost-effective and support development of the multi-professional clinical workforce at local, regional and national level.