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Update: The appointment of a radiographer as Head of the Yorkshire and the Humber School of Radiology

                                                                                                           12 August 2016
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RCR Meeting with HEE on 11 August 2016

On Thursday 11 August, Officers of the Royal College of Radiologists and members of the Junior Radiologists' Forum met the Health Education England (HEE) Yorkshire & Humber Postgraduate Dean and other senior HEE personnel to explain why the College has no confidence in the recent appointment of a radiographer to the post of Head of the School of Radiology and finds this appointment unacceptable.

Since the announcement, the College has been contacted by hundreds of radiologists at all stages of their careers to express their dismay. Their serious concerns were conveyed in the strongest terms to HEE.

The negative impact of this decision on radiologist morale and consequently on services for patients, not only in Yorkshire and Humber but across the UK was emphasised and the inter-professional tension which it has caused was noted with great regret.

It was made absolutely clear to HEE that all Heads of Schools of Radiology should be radiologists.

Leadership of a School of Radiology requires a detailed knowledge of the complex challenges associated with the training, support and assessment of radiology registrars as well as the clinical practice of radiology, and such leadership can only be provided by a radiologist. HEE have been left in no doubt that the RCR is committed to this principle.

The RCR will consult further with other Medical Royal Colleges and with the GMC and is considering other options. We are very grateful for the responses which we have received from Fellows and members in the past week and we will keep you informed of developments.

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