Introduction

The West Midlands School of Radiology is one of the largest in the United Kingdom, currently comprising of a total of 87 funded radiology specialist registrars and 15 different hospital departments. Because of the very large geographical area covered by the deanery, it is divided into the Birmingham Training Scheme and the North Staffordshire training scheme.

During the five years of specialist registrar training, trainees rotate through district general hospitals, teaching hospitals and regional specialty sites. On the North Staffordshire Rotation the core training takes place at the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary and City General Hospital (Stoke). There is close supervision by departmental tutors throughout the training period and a strict annual assessment leading to a certificate of completion of training (CCT) in radiology. All posts have educational approval by the Postgraduate Dean of the University of Birmingham and the Royal College of Radiologists.

The Specialty

The specialty of Diagnostic Imaging has probably been one of the most rapidly expanding specialties in recent years and now offers a variety of work which can accommodate the aspirations of many doctors. Radiology will act as a significant aid in the diagnosis, management and continuing follow up of many patients from almost all specialties.

Therapeutic and interventional tests are being increasingly performed which further involve radiologists in patient management.

In addition to the widespread clinical involvement, there are the additional benefits of working within single radiological departments and the association with many levels of staff necessary in making that department function coherently.

Sub Specialities

Subspecialty training is available in a large number of subspecialties. These include neuro-radiology, ENT imaging, breast imaging, oncological imaging, breast imaging, paediatric imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, and interventional radiology.

Specialty Attractions

Every radiological investigation is a diagnostic challenge, which might require very simple investigative techniques, or procedures, which are extremely complicated, but nevertheless, the interpretation of any image requires a medical and intellectual challenge. The potential of ultrasound, CT and more particularly MR, is yet to be developed and therefore these challenges remain. In addition hybrid imaging is also becoming more important with physiological information from positron emission tomography being combined with CT images.

>Widely varying technical skill can be accommodated. Radiologists are now intimately involved in clinical teams besides being responsible for the management of the imaging departments.

A regular on-call commitment is required which varies in intensity, depending on the hospital or sub-specialty in which the radiologists are involved. Differing levels of management involvement can be entered into as with other specialties. Private practice opportunities are usually good.

Essential Qualifications and Personal Qualities

  • GMC Registered with evidence of achievement of core foundation competencies.
  • Two years of post graduate medical experience is desirable.
  • Good problem solving and decision making skills.
  • Ability to organise themselves at work and have good written and spoken communication skills.
  • Capacity to work in a multi professional environment and also have the capacity to work under pressure.
  • Demonstrate insight and interest in radiology.

The essential qualifications and desirable personal qualities are outlined in more detail on the Royal College of Radiologists site under “Person specification for application to a specialist training post.”

More information about Radiology is available directly from the Royal College of Radiology
 Telephone: 020 7636 432 www.rcr.ac.uk