The report also calls for investment in reporting radiographers and the implementation of professional regulation for sonographers in line with the SCoR’s long-running campaign. Additional workforce requirements include:
- 2,000 Radiologists
- 500 Advanced practitioner/reporting radiographers
- 3,500 Radiographers
- 2,500 Assistant practitioners
- 2,670 Admin and support staff
- 220 Physicists
Sir Mike said there would be major efficiency gains, including reductions in costs of CT and MRI scanners through bulk buying, increased use of same day emergency care through improved access to diagnostics in A&E departments, and shorter hospital stays through tests undertaken on the day of request.
SCoR President Chris Kalinka welcomed the report, which was presented to NHS England on 1 October: ‘We at SCoR fully support the recommended increase in radiographer and associated imaging staff numbers to provide a multidisciplinary, high quality diagnostic service to our patients.
‘We call on the report’s findings and recommendations to be supported, fully funded and implemented in a timely fashion.’
NHS England and Improvement has set up a national Diagnostics Programme Board, co-chaired by Professor Stephen Powis, National Medical Director for England, and Hugh McCaughey, National Director of Improvement, to coordinate implementation of this report. Detailed implementation plans will be finalised once the Spending Review capital and revenue budget outcome is confirmed, launching a 'rolling programme of investment in additional and replacement equipment and workforce capacity building measures across the 2021-25 period'.