Radiographers are 'effective part of the reporting team'
Two more radiographers have received advanced clinical reporting qualifications thanks to support from InHealth Reporting.
Emily Barr, who works for Wirral University Teaching Hospitals, and Lauren Smith of Nottingham University Hospitals, both received their awards from Fodi Kyriakos, InHealth's head of radiographer reporting.
Emily was awarded PgC Clinical Reporting (Adult Chest) and Lauren, PgC Clinical Reporting (MRI General Investigations) from Canterbury Christ Church University.
"Emily and Lauren received their prizes as students achieving the highest average marks across all modules in their respective cohorts," said Lisa Pittock, senior lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church.
"This fantastic achievement reflects the huge amount of work that students put into their reporting studies, juggling their studying with clinical work and home life. The clinical reporting team at the university are delighted to have InHealth support this award and congratulate Emily and Lauren on their success and wish them well in their future careers."
Pam Black, head of radiology at Wirral, said, "This award recognises the hard work, commitment and dedication that Emily and her colleagues and mentors have made in achieving this qualification.
"I am delighted for Emily and for our radiographer reporting service which is growing every year and making significant improvements to our lung cancer pathway in particular. I am grateful for the support we have both within the radiology department and the wider trust and for that from InHealth championing radiographer reporting across the country."
"I am proud and honoured to receive this award, acknowledging the hard work put in to achieving my PgC," Emily said.
"It is the most challenging qualification I have achieved to date and I look forward to putting into practice everything I have learned. I am extremely grateful to Inhealth for supporting radiographers in chest reporting."
Image: Lauren holds her certificate with, from left to right, manager Jo Day, MRI modality manager; Sara Bharmal, general manager, diagnostic pathway; Dr James Thomas, clinical lead MSK radiology; Alison Fenwick, assistant general manager for MRI and ultrasound; and Fodi Kyriakos.
Dr James Thomas, clinical lead at Nottingham, stressed the importance of radiographer advanced practice. "There is still a long way to go for radiographer reporting of complex examinations to be widely accepted in the radiology community. It is radiographers such as Lauren, who approach it with humility and an awe-inspiring dedication, that can act as ambassadors for extended practice.
"By proving that radiographers can be, and indeed are, an effective part of the reporting team, we can start to chip away at long-held reluctances.
"Lauren's award is the result of her own hard work and I am absolutely delighted for her."
Lauren commented, "Receiving this award has been a huge surprise and has made me feel that all my hard work and stress over the year has been worth it. It has been a demanding year and I wasn't sure how I was going to be able to cope with working full time and studying, but this has given me a great confidence boost and proves to me that I was capable."
She continued, "Despite the challenges I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to my mentor, Dr James Thomas, and my tutor, Martin Mitchell, for their huge support and amazing teaching abilities. Also a big thank you to my manager, Jo Day, and colleague/rota coordinator, April Stokes, for always ensuring I had time away from clinical work to be able to stay on top of things. And, lastly, to InHealth who have kindly sponsored the award, which is just a lovely way to end the course!"
Fodi said, "It is a great pleasure for InHealth Reporting to once again be sponsoring these awards in collaboration with Canterbury Christ Church University. Lauren and Emily should be incredibly proud of their achievements.
"Lauren moving into MRI reporting is a key step in allowing Nottingham to grow their multi-professional reporting service. The support she has received from Dr Thomas has been fantastic and paved the way for others to follow in her footsteps.
"Emily will be delivering a key chest reporting service at Arrowe Park and with her qualification now in place, can work towards improving early diagnosis and turnaround times for chest x-rays in the region. Congratulations to them both."