Crisis - what crisis? National survey of the radiographic workforce in breast screening
PHE ePoster Library. Jenkins J. 09/13/16; 137959; 157
Jacquie Jenkins
Jacquie Jenkins
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Abstract Introduction: The NHSBSP screens approximately 2.1m women annually, referring approximately 88,000 for screening assessment of which around 18,000 are diagnosed with cancer. This requires a large, highly trained, specialist workforce to maintain the highest standards of screening specificity and sensitivity. The National Radiology Breast Workforce Survey (2016) suggested a looming crisis with one third of radiologists set to retire over the next 10 years. In parallel, PHE undertook a national radiographic workforce survey to ensure the Programme could develop robust workforce and education strategies to deal with the ensuing workforce issues.Method: An online questionnaire was developed using Select Survey and emailed to all superintendent radiographers at the 80 breast units nationally. The survey involved routine questions on staff in post/training and their demographics and vacancy rates. It also asked about routes into the four tier radiographic structure (assistant practitioner, radiographer, advanced practitioner and superintendent radiographer) and perceived obstacles to entry into the profession.Results: The outcomes from the survey will be available in September and results published in time for the PHE conference.Conclusion: Many NHSBSP staff have been in the Programme since the late 1980s and consequently there will be a severe shortage of knowledge, expertise and manpower over the next 10 years as many senior staff reach retirement. This survey will help inform the future workforce strategy for PHE with other key stakeholders to ensure the Programme can continue to achieve world class standards of performance.
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