The current time pressures and clinical work load on these staff mean there is no time for specialist training and refresher courses to ensure the maintenance of high-quality care that these professionals wish to provide. The lack of recognition of paediatric radiology and radiography as a subspeciality within the professions and the wider healthcare system also results in little interest in this vital area outside major centres.
This is a worldwide issue: the two main radiological societies (ESR, RSNA) will this year highlight the contribution that specialised paediatric radiologists make as part of the International Day of Radiology.
We support any additional resources (infrastructure or staffing), including technological advances to improve image transfer to specialist centres (to develop a robust network of expertise) to ensure the delivery of high quality services for this population.
The RCR report can be downloaded here:
International Day of Radiology http://www.internationaldayofradiology.com/
The British Institute of Radiology (BIR), the oldest radiological society in the world, is an independent multidisciplinary organisation and a registered charity. Its membership is open to everyone with an interest in radiology and radiation oncology.
Source: The British Institute of Radiology