Radiology Training.Wales

A Guide to Radiology Training in Wales

About Us

Dr. Sian Philips Head of School

Dr. Sian Philips

Welcome to the Radiology Training Wales website. This website has been designed by current radiology trainees and consultants in Wales with the aim of providing information about radiology training in Wales. Whether you are a prospective radiology trainee, currently in radiology training or just thinking about a career in radiology, we hope that this website gives you an insight into what radiology training has to offer, specifically in Wales, and what day to day life is like for our current radiology trainees and consultants.

The Wales Deanery Training Programme in Diagnostic Radiology is accredited by the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and delivers a five-year structured training programme leading to the award of a Certificate of Completion of Training (CCT). Structured training for FRCR is undertaken as part of the 5 year programme.

There are 2 separate schemes, based in the South and North of Wales. Core training will take place during the first 3 years. There will be training opportunities leading to specialisation in years 4 and 5, and a 6th year in interventional radiology and nuclear medicine.

Dr. Sian Philips describes the Welsh Training Programme (Wales Deanery, 2016)

Dr. Craig Parry Training Programme Director South Wales

Dr. Craig Parry

I was appointed as a Consultant GI Radiologist in 2012 and I am honored to take on the role of Training Program Director for the South Wales scheme in 2016.

The program is well established with structured teaching and training in the many University Hospitals throughout South Wales. It has a long and successful history as shown by continuing success rates at gaining Fellowship to the Royal College of Radiology.

The scheme provides an excellent and varied learning environment where trainees build the foundations for a successful career in radiology. Many trainees settle locally and we see this as a testament to their quality of life in the area and working environment. Many of our trainees move on to successful careers throughout the UK and the world and we see this as testament to the excellent training in Wales. The region benefits from the coast, mountains and vibrant cities that will satisfy all social activities and they are all within easy reach via they excellent transport links near by. But don’t just take my word for it, please explore our website and see what our trainees and fellow consultant radiologists have to say about living and working in radiology in Wales.

Dr. Luke Wheeler College Tutor

Dr. Luke Wheeler

I was appointed as a consultant radiologist in 2012 at the University Hospital of Wales, part of the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. I have a specialist interest in GI and GU imaging. Having trained in Wales in radiology, and completing a fellowship in body imaging in Vancouver in 2010, and now pleased to take the role of college tutor.

The radiology department at our centre offers a truly broad experience in all aspects of diagnostic and interventional radiology of world class standard. It is the tertiary referral hospital for a number of subspecialties and a level 1 trauma centre. Our trainees benefit from being a core part of the team and gain invaluable experience in all aspects of radiology. There is encouragement and support to be involved in teaching and research in our institute.

Cardiff is a capital city and is voted one of the most liveable cities in the UK. It’s truly multicultural and offers a diverse cultural experience, international sports and an excellent culinary scene.

I am confident that you will find your time in Cardiff very clinically, academically and socially rewarding.

Heath Park
CF14 4XW

Health Board: Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Distance to Cardiff: 0 miles

Travel Time to Cardiff: 10 min

Dr. Joyti Bansal College Tutor

Dr. Joyti Bansal

I am a consultant Radiologist based at University hospital of Llandough (UHL) specialising in Breast imaging. I have been college tutor since 2012. Trainees who are posted in UHL have an opportunity to engage in learning within a congenial environment. UHL offers a unique setting with an excellent mix of complex cases but a relaxed pace similar to a DGH.

In the first year, trainees often learn basic ultrasound, in which they hone their scanning skills. There is ample time for participating in supervised lists with sonographers and consultants.

During the second and third year, trainees rotate for their breast and chest training in UHL. The Breast centre is a state-of-the-art, modern unit and is one of the only centres in Wales, which offers Vacuum assisted minimally invasive interventional procedures of breast. The chest radiology training block offers a unique opportunity to work with experienced and skilled physicians, improving HRCT reporting and biopsy skills. Throughout the UHL training, registrars have the opportunity to attend grand rounds and Multi-disciplinary meetings to supplement their learning.

Penlan Road
CF64 2XX

Health Board: Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Distance to Cardiff: 4 miles

Travel Time to Cardiff: 20 min

Dr. Joseph Hamill College Tutor

Dr. Joseph Hamill

I am a Consultant Radiologist, based in the Royal Gwent in Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. I have a background in general radiology, abdominal imaging and non vascular intervention.

I began training in Radiology, getting a training number here in South Wales in 2007. I am originally from Northern Ireland. I went to medical school at Bart’s and The London, trained in the south east of England, Northern Ireland and Wales. I took up my first consultant post in Northern Ireland before returning to South Wales in 2015.

I have been a Clinical and Educational Supervisor for a few years and have recently taken up the role of College Tutor, here at the Gwent.

The radiology directorate across this trust, covers a large population and geographical area. As a result, it is extremely busy. Now, we regularly accommodate 5 trainees of different grades in different subspecialties.

Cardiff Road
NP20 2UB

Health Board: Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board

Distance to Cardiff: 13 miles

Travel Time to Cardiff: 25 min

Dr. Nicholas Cross College Tutor

Dr. Nicholas Cros

I am a general radiologist with a special interest in gastro-intestinal radiology and non vascular and endoscopic intervention. I qualified from Southampton University Medical School in 1989 and came to Wales when I joined the All Wales Radiology Training Scheme in 1994. I have worked as a consultant radiologist at Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny since 2000. I have always had an interest in medical education and have been the college tutor at Nevill Hall since 2010.

Nevill Hall Hospital in Abergavenny is on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park. This is an outstandingly beautiful area of rural Wales, within an hour of Cardiff. There are good links also to the South West of England and the Midlands via the M4 and M5 motorways.

Nevill Hall Hospital is part of the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, the other major hospital being the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport. The Health Board serves the county of Gwent and parts of south east Powys.

The radiology directorate is fully integrated across the Health Board with common imaging and reporting across all sites via PACS. This offers excellent training opportunities across a wide range of specialties at all sites, not limited by local clinical expertise. There are in excess of 20 Consultant Radiologists across the directorate offering expertise in all facets of clinical radiology. There is a Health Board wide radiology on call service which trainees participate in. Typically ST2 and ST3 trainees rotate to Nevill Hall in three months blocks and normally there is a single trainee at Nevill Hall at any one time. This affords the Nevill Hall trainee excellent access to all the training opportunities that arise.

Brecon Road

Health Board: Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board

Distance to Cardiff: 30 miles

Travel Time to Cardiff: 50 min

Dr. Grant Griffiths College Tutor

Dr. Grant Griffiths

I am a Thoracic and General Radiologist at Cwm Taf University Health Board. My main interests are in HRCT and thoracic oncology imaging. I am College Tutor at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and I am committed to postgraduate education in radiology. I am the FRCR 2a Panel Radiologist (Wales) for the Royal College of Radiologists. I am currently a member of the Medical Imaging Scientific Committee (MISC) for Wales and Quality Improvement Lead at Cwm Taf UHB for Radiology.

The Royal Glamorgan Hospital has 500 beds carrying out approximately 120,000 examinations per annum.

We have a Consultant establishment of 16 Consultant Radiologists and a junior staff establishment of 1 StR.

Equipment in the Department includes general radiography, general fluoroscopy, digital fluoroscopy for interventional procedures and angiography, ultrasonography including colour and power Doppler, nuclear imaging and CT. Special techniques performed include a wide range of interventional procedures.

The StR timetable provides an opportunity to work in all areas of the Department. There is sufficient flexibility within the work programme to allow for the development of special interests. There is a well-stocked Departmental Library with up-to-date bench books in all areas of imaging. There are clinico-radiological meetings in all the major disciplines. The StR is encouraged to attend and to contribute to the Audit and Directorate meetings.

The Department is equipped with computed radiography, PACS and digital archiving allowing soft copy reporting. There are 2 general-purpose fluoroscopy rooms, both digital, one with a C arm. There is a dedicated digital vascular suite, conventional mammography, a 3-room ultrasound suite, 64 Multi Slice CT, MRI and a dual headed Gamma camera.

The Royal Glamorgan is situated in a beautiful setting within the Rhondda Cynon Valley, surrounded by woodland, with excellent links to the M4 and Cardiff. I enjoy working at RGH as I have a stress free short commute to work from the Vale of Glamorgan, with fantastic local amenities (including large retail shopping outlet).

We are a dynamic team of Radiologists with a cohesive, team based attitude towards service provision. Living locally allows a brilliant work/life balance with something for everyone.

Mid Glamorgan
CF72 8XR

Health Board: Cwm Taf University Health Board

Distance to Cardiff: 13 miles

Travel Time to Cardiff: 20 min

Dr. Dawn Howes College Tutor

Dr. Dawn Howes

I am a Consultant Radiologist with a sub-specialist interest in Muskuloskeletal imaging. I qualified from the University of Cambridge Medical School in 1998 and was awarded MRCS(Ed) in 2002. I undertook part-time radiology training on the All Wales Radiology training scheme and completed FRCR in 2010. I have an interest in education and I regularly examine on the South-West FRCR examination course and teach Radiographers at Cardiff University for the MsC reporting course.

Princess of Wales Hospital is a DGH serving the population of Bridgend under ABM University Health Board. We work in a small and friendly department with 9 Full Time Consultants. We have a fully staffed A and E department with Paediatrics, ITU and Obs and Gynae on site meaning we deal with an interesting and varied work load. Trainees enjoy their time in POW due to extensive training opportunities with 1 to 1 consultant teaching and supervision. Out of hours work is outsourced.

POW is easily accessed being 2 minutes off the M4 at junction 36. The hospital is 15 min drive from Cowbridge a bustling Market town, 25 minutes from centre of Cardiff and 15 min to nearest beaches.

Vale of Glamorgan(10 minutes commute A48) was recently ranked eighth in a survey commissioned by Halifax of pleasant places to live in Britain beating contenders from the south of England.

POW is a good choice for work life balance with easy commutes, good local schools for young families and excellent local facilities in a semi rural setting.

Coity Road
CF31 1RQ

Health Board: Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Distance to Cardiff: 20 miles

Travel Time to Cardiff: 32 min

Dr. Peter Chowdhury College Tutor

Dr. Peter Chowdhury

I am a general radiologist with a gastro-intestinal and pancreaticobiliary sub speciality interest. I enjoy teaching radiology to both medical students (Swansea graduate entry medical school) and Wales radiology trainees alike. I examine regularly on the Aintree FRCR 2b course and organise local 2b teaching. I have also interviewed as part of the National Radiology ST1 recruitment panel.

Morriston is a large teaching hospital with around 750 beds carrying out approximately 210,000 examinations per annum. It has recently been expanded and can boast a new Education Centre facility. We have a consultant body of 18 general radiologists (with sub speciality interests) and four neuroradiologists. There is cross site working at the other hospitals in ABM ULHB.

At any one time, we may have up to three radiology trainees (usually one senior, one junior and one visiting trainee as part of their neuroradiology block).

Our equipment includes general radiography, three fluoroscopy suites, two CT scanners, an MRI scanner, ultrasonography and nuclear medicine. Diagnostic reporting is PACS based.

There is an abundance of imaging work and a dedicated consultant and radiographer body who contribute to teaching at each stage of the trainees progression through the training scheme. There is also ample opportunity for the development of specialist interests and for acquiring interventional skills. On-calls are busy and varied and trainees are encouraged to be involved once they have reached an appropriate level of their training. We operate a “duty” on call system (generalists and neuroradiologists). Presently, the general duty radiologist will field requests and answer queries during the day (CT head scans are outsourced overnight).

As a trainee here myself in the “noughties” I was always made to feel welcome and part of a team. Happily, I feel this learning environment still exists today.

Swansea is a great place to work and live, especially with a young family as I have. The local coastline is world renowned – Rhossili beach being ranked ahead of places in the Seychelles, South Africa, Mexico and Australia! Does it rain here? Well yes.... but we have a large “Go Outdoors” for your extreme weather clothing! (other outdoor retailers are available).

Heol Maes Eglwys

Health Board: Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Distance to Cardiff: 44 miles

Travel Time to Cardiff: 50 min

Dr. Sue Vaughan Deputy Training Programme Director

Dr. Sue Vaughan

I have worked in Swansea for 7 years having completed my radiology training in South Wales. I specialise in Breast and general Radiology and am part time as I have a young family.

I am now pleased to join the South Wales Radiology Training Faculty as Deputy Training Programme Director.

Singleton is an excellent centre for training. The South Wales cancer centre is located in Singleton with radiotherapy and oncology services here. There are 5 Consultants based here with a further 9 visiting Consultants providing subspecialist MSK, GI, Breast, Head and Neck, Paediatric and Gynaecological imaging. Singleton site also encompasses the Institute of Life Science 2 facility (ILS2). This is a research unit hosted by Swansea College of Medicine to promote health gain and generate academic research. It provides the ideal opportunity for potential Radiological research for radiology Trainees in Wales.

Singleton is a great place to work with friendly and enthusiastic staff. Singleton is located overlooking Swansea Bay and is near to the Gower peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Gower has beautiful beaches such as Rhossili and Three Cliffs bay and provides water based activities and walks for all abilities along the Wales coastal path. It is a great place to raise a family with such beautiful surroundings and excellent state schools in the area.

Sketty Lane

Health Board: Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board

Distance to Cardiff: 43 miles

Travel Time to Cardiff: 60 min

Dr. Andrew Richards College Tutor

Dr. Andrew Richards

I am a general radiologist with interests in thoracic, musculoskeletal and interventional radiology. I am the lead radiologist for thoracic imaging and do most of the CT guided lung biopsies for Hywel Dda Health Board. I also have an interest in MRI arthrography, but most of my day-to-day work is cross-sectional imaging. Between 2007 and 2012, I was the Foundation Programme Director for Carmarthenshire. I have at various times been the local representative on the standing Welsh Committee of the Royal College of Radiologists and have been College Tutor since the start of 2014.

Prince Philip Hospital has 250 beds and is predominantly physician run these days with cold orthopaedic, breast and urological surgery on site as well as an in-patient psychiatric facility. A new front of house project is currently underway to create a new Acute Medical Admissions Unit and to reconfigure the Emergency Department.

We have a consultant establishment of 3.5 WTE radiologists and a junior staff establishment of 1 StR.

Equipment in the department includes general radiography, general fluoroscopy, ultrasonography, CT and MRI. There is also a breast unit with digital mammography, including tomosynthesis and a prone, vacuum assisted biopsy table. We use Fuji Synapse PACS, G2 for reporting and RADIS as our database.

The StR timetable is configurable to the requirements of the trainee within the constraints of what we can provide. We would actively encourage the acquisition of sub-specialist knowledge and experience wherever possible. Multi-disciplinary meetings are available in vascular, urology, lung, neurology, gastrointestinal medicine and surger, and breast.

Llanelli (junction 48 off the M4) lies on the East side of the base of the Gower Peninsula, Britain's first national park and separated from Swansea by the Loughor Estuary and 12 miles of easily accessible roads. Llandeilo, Wales' 'coolest town' is 16 miles to the North and Carmarthen, the gateway to the far West is 24 miles away. Llanelli is linked to the Millennium Coastal Path and Park, which itself runs into the seven mile long Cefn Sidan beach. Paradise when it's not raining!

Bryngwyn Mawr Dafen Rd
SA14 8QF

Health Board: Hywel Dda University Health Board

Distance to Cardiff: 53 miles

Travel Time to Cardiff: 60 min

Dr. Audrey Yong Deputy Training Programme Director

Dr. Audrey Yong

I am the Deputy Training Programme Director and Consultant Oncological Radiologist at Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff. Prior to Velindre, I was a Consultant Radiologist at the University Hospital of Wales from 2002-2012, specialising in GI and cross-sectional radiology.

I have been involved in the clinical and educational supervision of Radiology StRs in South Wales since 2002 and am delighted that we will shortly be welcoming our first StRs to Velindre.

Velindre Cancer Centre is a fantastic place to work. It is a small hospital - there are only four radiologists - but being small has allowed us to develop a strong identity with patient centred care at the heart of our management pathways. We have close working relationships with oncologists, palliative care physicians and other staff groups within the Centre - the friendly and supportive atmosphere is palpable as soon as you enter the hospital.

There will be opportunities for StRs to improve their confidence in a wide range of CT/MRI reporting and to learn interventional techniques (biopsy and central line insertion) if they so wish.

Velindre Road
CF14 2TL

Health Board: Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Distance to Cardiff: 2 miles

Travel Time to Cardiff: 15 min

Dr. Senthil Muthu Training Programme Director North Wales

Dr. Senthil Muthu

The North Wales scheme is based in the three hosptials that make up the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board – Wrexham Maelor Hospital, Glan Clwyd Hospital, and Ysbyty Gwynedd (Bangor). The trainees also spend at least 1 year in Liverpool.

The North Wales radiology rotation scheme is noted for its very positive feedback from the trainees, and although a young scheme, has consistently produced good exam results, good GMC survey results, and successful consultants. It also offers the chance to live in beautiful North Wales, while being within easy access to Liverpool and Manchester.

Trainees rotate through each of the three North Wales hospitals on a six-monthly basis for two years. The third year is spent in Liverpool.

Dr. Alexandra Kraus College Tutor

The hospital is an acute District General Hospital with over 500 beds, providing a full range of services. The radiology department offers both diagnostic and interventional radiology. There are currently 12 consultant radiologists in post with a wide range of special interests.

As well as a full range of teaching materials in the department, including a full AiMS system, the hospital’s education centre and library have been refurbished to a high standard, and a new clinical school has recently been opened. The department participates in a number of clinico-radiological and multidisciplinary team meetings.

LL57 2PW

Health Board: Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Distance to Cardiff: 177 miles

Travel Time to Cardiff: 4 hours 15 min

Dr. Ed Favill College Tutor

Glan Clwyd Hospital (526 acute beds) is an acute general hospital, which also houses the North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre, with Radiotherapy and Oncology services on site. The sub-regional paediatric intensive care unit is sited at Glan Clwyd.

12 radiologists with interests in thoracic, vascular and interventional, oncology, gastrointestinal, urological, MSK, gynaecology, head and neck, nuclear medicine and breast radiology.

There is a new Post-graduate department link to the Clinical Medical School with excellent IT facilities. The library facilities have been awarded Class 1 accreditation with distinction by the University of Wales College of Medicine. Within the radiology department there is access to the AIMS facility utilising the Kings’ Archive. There is ample digital material and imaging cases used for training and teaching purposes.

Rhuddlan Road
LL18 5UJ

Health Board: Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Distance to Cardiff: 179 miles

Travel Time to Cardiff: 4 hours

Dr. Rebecca Dixon College Tutor

Wrexham Maelor Hospital is a 659 bed acute district general hospital with a further 44 bed psychiatric complex on site. It is generally regarded as a friendly hospital with an active undergraduate and postgraduate programme and an inviting postgraduate centre.

Chester is the nearest city 12 miles away, with easy access via the motorway network to Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham. Tertiary referrals are made to specialist institutions in these cities, as well as to Cardiff. Trains run from Wrexham to Chester, Cardiff and the Midlands. Intercity routes to London and the rest of the UK are best accessed from Crewe. Manchester airport provides connections with the rest of the world.

The busy department (145,000 patient visits per year, including community hospitals) provides an excellent base for practical training in radiology. There are currently 10 whole time consultants in post and a planned establishment of 11.5. Consultants have specialist interests in thoracic, vascular and interventional, oncology, gastrointestinal, urological, MSK, gynaecology, head and neck, and breast radiology, along with nuclear medicine. There are numerous multidisciplinary clinical meetings in which radiology plays an active role.

Croesnewydd Road
LL13 7TD

Health Board: Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

Distance to Cardiff: 140 miles

Travel Time to Cardiff: 3 hours 15 min

Educational Supervisors: Dr. Hassan Abdelsalam, Dr. Jane Belfield, Dr. Katie Meakin, Dr. Usman Shaikh

The Royal Liverpool University Hospital is a provider of clinical services in most of the main medical and surgical departments, many offering a service for tertiary referral from both within and outside the Mersey Region in addition to the local community. There are very close ties with the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Liverpool. The clinical academic departments of the Faculty are situated on the same site as the gastroenterology, vascular surgery, renal transplantation, nephrology, head and neck oncology, haematology and nuclear medicine. The Infectious Diseases department has recently moved to RLUH.

There are numerous clinico-radiological meetings representing most of the clinical specialties. A Monday afternoon teaching session for SpRs has been introduced, with a blend of formal talks, an interesting films hour, film viewing sessions and a journal club. All juniors attend this meeting and have no departmental commitment during teaching.

Research is encouraged within the department and there has been a consistent record of trainees presenting work at national and international meetings. There are regular departmental audit meetings at which trainees often contribute projects.

Educational Supervisor: Dr. Srikrishna Harave

Alder Hey Children’s Hospital care for over 270,000 children, young people and their families. It provides a general Paediatric service for the local population and regional referral services for Mersey, Cheshire and North Wales. The department provides a general paediatric radiology service together with paediatric cardiac radiology and Neuro-radiology (excluding angiography).

Training is provided in all aspects of general paediatric radiology and the Trainees are encouraged to attend the clinical meetings and the many clinical radiological conferences. There is a large teaching museum and slide collection. Time is available for study and for release to attend University departmental lectures.

Educational Supervisors: Dr. Kumar Das

The Walton Centre, formerly known as The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery; is a major neurology hospital located in the suburb of Fazakerley, in the city of Liverpool. It is the tertiary centre for neurology and neurosurgery for Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire, North Wales and Isle of Man. Alongside Aintree University Hospital and Royal Liverpool University Hospital, The Walton Centre acts as a designated major trauma centre for neurological trauma for the Merseyside and Cheshire regions.

The radiology department provides a comprehensive neuroradiology service with three MRI scanners. The interventional service that the department provides is one of the largest practices in the UK. The department is involved in many international research studies and is at the forefront of pioneering new techniques.

North Wales trainees are posted at The Walton Centre for 3 months.

Cardiff Bay

Is Radiology Training for Me?

Clinical radiology is an ever expanding field that uses state of the art imaging to detect, monitor and treat various disease processes. As a consequence, radiology lies at the heart of Patient care, contradicting its historical reputation as an antisocial career for people who enjoy sitting in the dark.

The ongoing advances and expansion of clinical radiology has resulted in a worldwide shortage of radiology consultants. Radiology training is a 5 year run through programme which is currently run by 22 deaneries across the UK. The delivery of training by each deanery may vary, but the overall outcomes as set out by the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) are the same. Recruitment and selection into clinical radiology training posts in Wales, England and Scotland is carried out via national recruitment and is based on eligibility criteria as outlined by the RCR criteria. For further information regarding RCR eligibility criteria please click here.

General Training

Each deanery has a unique structure for the delivery of general training. The training is normally structured to provide 3 years of Core training, with the last 2 years focussed more on the interests of the individual. The RCR set out core competencies which must be reached by the end of year 3 - these are the basic skills that any radiology registrar irrespective of subspecialty should achieve.

Clinical Assessments

All clinical assessments and progression are logged and stored on the NHS E-Portfolios website. Assessments are divided into broad categories which include image interpretation (mini-IPX), practical procedures (DOPS), teaching skills, audit and communication skills (360° appraisals). These assessments are monitored by the trainee’s educational supervisor and are viewed at the annual review of competence progression (ARCP).

College Examinations

FRCR examinations are divided into the primary and secondary FRCR examinations. The Primary FRCR exam is usually sat within the first year of training and focuses on the physics of radiology and radiological anatomy.

The second FRCR examination is divided into Part A and B. Part A is currently a modular based exam divided into 6 topics. Each topic is examined by a single best answer (SBA) examination. There are proposals to change this to a single exam in the near future. Part B consists of a reporting session, a rapid reporting session and an oral examination.

Neuadd Usaf

Is Radiology Training in Wales for Me?

  • Established
  • Traditional Apprenticeship
  • Tailored Clinical Training Programme
  • Physics, 2A and 2B Teaching
  • Extensive Oncall Experience
  • All Wales PACS Archive

Radiology training in Wales has a long and successful history under its established training program covering all aspects of medical imaging with the benefit of living and working in vibrant cities and historical towns.

The basis of this programme is a traditional apprenticeship commencing with 3 monthly rotations covering the major core radiological topics in the first 3 years. This allows clinical and practical skills to be acquired in all specialities of clinical radiology as outlined in the RCR curriculum (core training). During this time, lectures and tutorials are given with block teaching in the system-based specialities. Trainees attend relevant clinical and MDT meetings. Trainees may rotate to any hospitals participating in the scheme.

Learning through this method means that trainees have plenty of one on one teaching with consultants and core competencies are assessed prior to the end of each rotation. Once deemed competent at a specific skill, trainees are given responsibility but with the knowledge and reassurance that there is always help at hand if there are any doubts or difficulties. This permits the learning process to continue throughout the five years of training.

Teaching Radiology Trainees

Trainees have a contractual obligation to participate in clinical governance and audit. Research is actively encouraged as part of the curriculum and supported. Generic teaching is offered intermittently by the deanery. There are many teaching opportunities especially to undergraduates and clinical speciality junior doctors. We pride ourselves in our relationship and close links with Cardiff and Swansea University Medical schools opening up further exciting teaching and research opportunities.

The training in the fourth and fifth years will be tailored to meet the needs of the individual and will reflect the individual StR’s special interest. The pattern of training requested by the individual trainee will have to be approved by the Training Programme Committee and the Radiology School Board. The scheme can offer 6th year interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and neuro-interventional. Management training is provided in the final years by the deanery.

RCR requires at least 3 years of on call acute radiology experience is gained and this is easily fulfilled during the 5 years. There is a variation of on call systems depending on the base centre, this allows experience to be gained in accepting, prioritising and managing on call requests and also in reporting out of hours imaging. Some hospitals have conventional on call and some a shift system. On call is always supervised, with a named on call consultant for discussion and learning opportunities. Imaging reported by a registrar out of hours is routinely checked by the on-call consultant for learning and feedback purposes which registrars greatly value.

Ultrasound Demonstration to Medical Students

The Welsh schemes are well established with structured teaching and training as shown by continuing success rates at examinations. There is a tailored and protected teaching timetable for registrars at all levels. This is usually in the format of 6 months of weekly teaching for 1st year trainees covering the First FRCR syllabus and leading up to the FRCR part 1 exam, 18 months of core radiology teaching for the 1st – 3rd year registrars leading up to the FRCR part 2A modules and small group case teaching for those preparing for the final FRCR exam.

Cardiff University Main Building

The training scheme will also benefit from an All Wales PACS system, meaning that interesting cases can be shared between hospitals and consultant colleagues from different sites can benefit from opinions and discussions between centres.

We in the welsh training schemes are committed to continually evaluating and improving our training and have regular feedback sessions with registrars about any concerns or new ideas regarding the delivery of training. The scheme has excellent feedback and many trainees settle locally given the excellent career opportunities. We see this as a testament to their quality of life in the area and working environments.

There are not many places in the world where you can go to an international rugby match in the morning, climb the Brecon beacons to work up an appetite in the afternoon followed by some opera and an award winning dinner in the evening.

Don’t just take our word for it… take a look at our trainee and consultant profiles.

Current Trainee Profiles

Dafydd ap Emyr ST2 Radiology Trainee

Dr Dafydd ap Emyr

I'm Dafydd - a ST2 clinical radiology trainee currently doing my rotation in ultrasound. During my 3 month attachment I will be experiencing the various types of ultrasound scanning from Sonographer led general outpatient scans, specialist consultant led ultrasound to ultrasound guided drain insertions. After initially observing others I started scanning myself and gradually gained enough practice to perform general abdominal ultrasound scans myself and report independently (seeking help and advice when needed!) which is the aim by the end of the block.

Before radiology I completed my foundation training in South Wales rotating through medicine, surgery and emergency medicine. I then took a year out to do some more medicine and a little travel! I was always very interested in how imaging impacted patient management and after doing a taster week in radiology I realised it was the speciality for me!

Matthew Jones ST2 Radiology Trainee

Dr Matthew Jones

I’m one of the new intake of first year SpRs and am presently doing my Neuroloradiology block. This is my first attachment as an SpR and has been a steep learning curve but it has been a really enjoyable experience. My day-to-day role consists of viewing the day’s inpatient and outpatient CT head scans, formulating and dictating a report, and then subsequently going through my report under the supervision of the duty consultant. I benefit from immediate feedback regarding my reports content and style, while working within a highly supervised environment.

I came to Radiology a little later in my career than most, having recently turned 37 years old. My background is in acute medicine and subsequently General Practice where I previously worked as a GP Partner. Alongside my GP work, I worked in hospital 1 day a week in Medical Ambulatory Care and 1 day in Gastroenterology clinic. These roles helped me “see the light” and informed my decision to change specialties.

I live in Bristol with my wife and 2 small children and when I’m not busy with work or family life I try and squeeze in a bit of tennis. The commute to Cardiff is manageable and I am using it as an opportunity to improve my spoken German.

David Roberts ST3 Radiology Trainee

Dr David Roberts

My name is Dai and I am a ST3 in the South Wales rotation. I am currently undertaking my Nuclear Medicine rotation, meaning I am involved in the daily reporting of nuclear medicine studies, including bone scans, and dynamic and static renal studies. I also have the opportunity to be involved in PET CT reporting, with Cardiff being one of only a few centres in the UK.

As well as receiving teaching 3 mornings a week and every Wednesday afternoon, I have been given multiple opportunities to improve my teaching after expressing an interest in it. The sessions so far have ranged from one on one to small group to lectures, and I feel this is one of best things about Radiology; being able to teach on a variety of subjects to a varied audience. The aim now locally is to improve undergraduates’ exposure to Radiology and ensure there is focussed teaching to meet the RCR’s undergraduate Radiology curriculum. In the future if I plan to continue my postgraduate certificate in medical education to diploma or masters level, I feel I would be well supported and would be given the time to study towards these.

Carys Jenkins ST4 Radiology Trainee

Dr Carys Jenkins

I am an ST4 in radiology. I am currently undertaking my musculoskeletal radiology block. On a day to day basis, I have regular contact with patients, have the opportunity to undertake fluoroscopic procedures under consultant supervision, and report a variety of imaging modalities including MRI, CT and ultrasound.

I entered radiology following 18 months of living and working in Perth, Western Australia. I had no previous radiology experience, but worked in ITU and enjoyed the radiology side of acute patient care. I decided to train in Wales as I went to university here and I love living in Cardiff. As a fluent Welsh speaker, there are plenty of opportunities to speak Welsh in our working environment, with a number of consultants, trainees and radiographers that speak the language. Radiology in Wales allows me to have an active social life and I continue to play netball at a competitive level.

Aamer Iqbal ST4 Radiology Trainee

Dr Aamer Iqbal

I'm an ST4 in radiology currently undertaking my CT and MR rotation. My day to day role involves discussions with referring clinicians and subsequently deciding on the most appropriate protocols in order to optimize the study in order to answer the clinical question. This rotation is very busy and a steep learning curve which I have thoroughly enjoyed. The role of cross sectional imaging has and will continue to increase as part of a patients diagnostic work up and I believe this 3 month rotation is a very important part of our training.

Working and training in a region that I have grown up in is important to me, and it is where I would like to settle.

Keiron Foley Accademic ST5 Trainee

Dr Keiron Foley

I am currently an ST5 in Clinical Radiology. I have an interest in research and the structure of my training is slightly different to other registrars. I completed Years 1-3 before obtaining my FRCR in October 2014. I then transferred to the Welsh Clinical Academic Training (WCAT) pathway, which includes a salary-funded 3-year PhD. I am very fortunate that the Wales Deanery has provided this fantastic opportunity. My PhD is with Cardiff University and I am investigating the staging of oesophageal cancer with PET/CT and EUS. The work so far involves collaboration with Upper GI surgeons, Pathologists and Oncologists at Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff. My week is extremely varied with academic commitments at Cardiff University, meetings with my supervisors, data collection, writing my thesis and clinical papers, and also participating in clinical reporting sessions and on-call shifts.

Georgina Devenish ST5 Radiology Trainee

Dr Georgina Devenish

I am currently a 5th year trainee with a specialist interest in women’s imaging. I came into radiology after completing my foundation training and never looked back. Breast radiology is a large part of my work which I love. My week is always varied and never mundane. I am involved in reporting CT, MRI, performing ultrasound and a variety of minor interventional procedures which keeps me stimulated and challenged each day. Not only this, I have regular patient contact and really value this time as this was something I used to think radiologists didn’t get. Regular attendance and contribution in MDT is an important part of a radiologist’s role and the interaction with other clinicians is valuable for best patient care.

My other roles include on call rota organiser and I have the role of senior resident. There is great flexibility and opportunity for developing a great career portfolio and I cannot recommend radiology enough.

Beyond Training

I'm Ready to be a Consultant

The career prospects in the UK for radiologists are excellent, and this is particularly true in Wales. Whether you want to pursue a career in medical education, develop your research portfolio or progress to become an expert in your field you will find a radiology centre in Wales that can offer you the perfect combination and a great work life balance. Many of the radiologists trained in Wales settle here for these reasons and those who move on to other centres in the UK and around the world are assured that their training has given them an excellent foundation on which to complete and develop their careers.

I'm not Ready to be a Consultant

Have you considered a fellowship? UK or abroad.

There are many established programmes in Australia, Canada and the USA and Europe. Radiology training Wales supports this as trainees return to Wales with experience and knowledge which benefits not only the trainee but colleagues, trainees and patients.

Work abroad – Radiology is not only a sought after profession in the UK but all over the world. The world is your oyster with many opportunities at your feet.

Brecon Beacons

Consultant Profiles

Dr Toby Wells GI Radiologist, Morriston Hospital

Dr Toby Wells

I was appointed in 2012 having trained in the Peninsula Radiology Academy. I specialise in GI radiology and non-vascular intervention. Swansea is the pancreatic surgical centre for Wales, so there is plenty of non vascular intervention to do, which is one of the things that attracted me here.

Swansea has a medical school with keen postgraduate students, and we provide an extensive teaching programme. There is plenty of opportunity for research with links to the university and a CT and MRI scanner on campus just for research.

As an Englishman and non-Wales trainee I have been made very welcome, and my family have embraced the new culture – my 5 and 7 year old are now fluent in Welsh although my wife and I don’t speak the language. Extremely friendly colleagues and patients!

The other attraction of Wales for me is the amazing countryside and beaches – outstanding climbing, kayaking, mountain biking, surfing, and walking, particularly on the Gower peninsula. Good to get the work/life balance right!

Dr Richard White Vascular Radiologist, University Hospital of Wales

Dr Richard White

I have been a consultant vascular and interventional radiologist in the University Hospital of Wales since March 2013. Having trained in Dundee, I was drawn to Cardiff for both career (with an appealing job plan and the potential to develop my skills in interventional oncology) and family reasons (my wife is originally from Cardiff), plus we relished the chance to live a bit nearer to the equator. I am particularly interested in vascular radiology and have a strong academic interest, with current principle investigator roles and a range of publications. I am also keen on education and training – as a registrar, I was president of the Society of Radiologists in Training and the national BMA trainee lead for diagnostic specialties in Scotland, and I have also written a couple of FRCR exam books. I am very enthusiastic about getting trainees involved in projects; these have led to a significant number of registrars (as well as foundation doctors and medical students) getting presentations at international conferences.

Dr Jane Pollit General Radiologist, Royal Glamorgan Hospital

Dr Jane Pollit

I work as a General Radiologist covering 2 busy District General Hospitals, the Royal Glamorgan Hospital in Llantrisant and Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil. I have a specialist interest in Breast and Gynaecology imaging and I very much enjoy my working life. I’m lucky enough to work alongside a dynamic team of 20 consultant radiologists across the 2 sites.

We cover a diverse spectrum of work across the departments and we outsource our on-call after 5pm on a weekday and across the weekends, which has improved working conditions considerably and led to a far better work/life balance for us as consultants.

We are very fortunate in that we have excellent working relationships and colleagues here are hugely supportive of one another. We socialise regularly as a consultant body and our nights out together are very much looked forward to!

The majority of us live in Cardiff, a bustling cosmopolitan Capital city, which is only a 15-20 minute commute. Cardiff has been voted one of the best cities to live in the UK, in a recent survey by The Times. Cardiff has bags of culture, Theatres and great restaurants and is only a short drive to the stunning Welsh coastline and the breathtaking scenery of the Brecon Beacons.

Dr Chee Gan Neuroradiologist, University Hospital of Wales

Dr Chee Gan

I specialise in both diagnostic and interventional neuroradiology, with a special interest in acute stroke and intracranial venous intervention. Apart from the neurovascular intervention, I also perform various spinal interventional procedures.

I did my general radiology training in Cardiff before leaving for my neuroradiology fellowship in the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London. During the fellowship, I also had exposure to paediatric neuroradiology in the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital.

I have chosen to come back to Cardiff to work as this is the only neuroscience centre in Wales. There is a large catchment area and through various ‘All Wales’ neuro-clinical meetings and MDTs, there is a good network between the neuroradiologists in Cardiff and the neurologists in the surrounding DGHs and we get referrals of various complex neurological and neurosurgical cases from both South and Mid Wales. Being in Cardiff, there is also the flexibility for research and service development.

It's Not All Work and No Play!

  • Radiology Family
  • Sociable Working Environment
  • Regular Social Events
  • Graduation Parties

So have we Convinced you yet?

If you are serious about radiology training there are a few things to improve your chance. You need to demonstrate an interest and commitment to radiology, get involved with your local radiology department to consider participating in audits or research projects and explore doing a radiology taster. There are great resources out there including the RCR website and Society of Radiologists in Training SRT.

Porthcawl Lighthouse, by Mekele Carey
Cardiff Bay, by Mekele Carey
Cookies Policy

To give you the best experience of this site, Radiology Training Wales uses cookies. By continuing to use the Radiology Training Wales website means you agree to our use of cookies. To find out more about cookies click here.