The New National Imaging AcademyWales

New academy to train the next generation of radiologists in Wales

A new Academy to train the next generation of radiologists and imaging professionals is to be created in Wales and will open during mid-2018.

The new National Imaging Academy Wales, which is being established with £3.4m funding from the Welsh Government, will be a flagship purpose-designed facility that will accommodate up to 20 trainees per year. The Academy will be situated at Pencoed Business Park, just off junction 35 of the M4.

The Academy will deliver the RCR curriculum in a dedicated environment through IT suites, skills labs with simulation training and a lecture theatre. Consultant radiologists from across South Wales will provide lectures, lead seminars and provide supervision for reporting sessions at the Academy. E-learning will be available alongside the didactic teaching, use of textbooks and equipment.

Trainees will be taught to report imaging studies on Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) in the Academy - initially supervised by trainers, followed by independent reporting when appropriate. The work load can be drawn from all the local hospitals enabling access to certain studies to ensure the best exposure to rare procedures and cases. There will be Ultrasound machines on site to enable structured training on patients.

An Academy trainee's time will be divided between training in the Academy and clinical placements at hospitals throughout South Wales. The exact rotations will be developed to optimise training opportunities over five years.

The Academy training model has been successful in the three English Academies which were established more than 11 years ago. The National Imaging Academy Development will try to incorporate their best features and learn from their experiences.

We are hugely excited about the prospect of moving to an Academy model for Welsh Radiology training.

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