Diagnostic radiography apprenticeship trailblazer meeting – your input needed

Approval has been given to start work on creating a national standard for apprenticeships in diagnostic radiography.

This is an employer-led initiative which provides an opportunity to have an influence on the vision of a diagnostic radiographer, trained via the degree apprenticeship route.

Involvement includes employers, the Society of Radiographers, the Health and Care Professions Council, Skills for Health, and education partners.

We are now seeking representatives from stakeholder organisations throughout England to engage robustly and constructively in contributing to the vision of an Apprentice Diagnostic Radiographer.

The Diagnostic Radiography Degree Apprenticeship Trailblazer Meeting will take place on Thursday, 25 January 2018 at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Birmingham. Registratrion is 10am for a 10.30 start amnd the meeting is scheduled to finish by 3pm.

We need a good range of representatives to ensure the standard meets everyone’s future radiographer workforce needs.

Please indicate your interest by email with your contact details and suggestions of individuals who you believe can contribute to this work by 12 January.

Stepping forward with plans for a new Ambulatory Care and Diagnostics Centre (ACAD) at Heartlands Hospital

For the past 18 months, clinical and operational teams from across Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (HEFT) have been working on the designs and planning arrangements for a new, four-storey facility on the Heartlands site which will transform our current service provision for patients.

About the proposed design

The multi-million building will offer world-class facilities and house a wide range of health services, including outpatients, endoscopy and diagnostic services, which will care for hundreds of thousands of patients each year.

Share your views

Our open ACAD engagement meeting on Wednesday 4th October 2017 will provide an opportunity to find out more about the proposed new build – come and view our latest plans for the new facility, hear a presentation and ask any questions you have. The feedback you give is important and will be used to further shape our plans to improve the experiences of patients, visitors and staff.

Everyone is welcome to the open meeting on 4th October will be held between 6pm and 7pm at Heartlands Hospital Education Centre: For directions go to:

What happens next?

Our intention is to progress through the planning application stage this autumn, to begin construction in 2018 and to have the facility open by 2020.

For more information, please email

IV Service – vascular access support

Due to the current increase in demand across the Trust for Intravenous (IV) line placement, a team of mixed specialities from across the Trust have joined together to support this process.

This team, made up of staff from haematology/oncology, nutrition, anaesthetic, radiology imaging and gastro, will be based in the new Vascular Access Suite in Radiology and will provide the service from Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm at Heartlands. A provision will be in place at Good Hope which will run twice weekly and plans are being made to provide this at Solihull.

The specialist multi-disciplinary team will be able to ensure all patients are vetted to ensure the correct selection and placement of IV, PICC or mid-lines. It will be primarily for nutrition, IV antibiotics and haematology/oncology IV access .

This service is planned to launch on 14 August. Further details for staff will bin the Weekly Round-up.

General Anaesthetic MRI/CT Service

Neil Crooks, consultant in Anaesthesia and intensive care medicine, and Nikki Brockie, imaging services lead, have recently established an elective service to provide MRI and CT scans under general anaesthesia.

The service is aimed at patients who are unable to tolerate scans awake. To date, patients have come from a range of specialities including neurology, acute medicine, orthopaedics, ENT and infectious diseases, but the service is open to all specialities. There are a variety of reasons why patients cannot tolerate these procedures awake, but common examples include learning difficulties, movement disorders and pain.

Up until now there has been no formal arrangement to facilitate scans for this group of patients. This has led to prolonged waiting times, with scans being done on an ad hoc basis when appropriate expertise was available.

By providing this service we can give patients a date for their scan. This allows proper pre-assessment and planning. It also allows carers time to prepare and plan for those patients with learning difficulties. A team with appropriate expertise (Consultant anaesthetist/ intensivist, ODP and ITU nurse) will look after these patients.

The service currently runs every fourth Thursday and three to four patients can be accommodated per day. With prior arrangement, it may be possible to carry out other procedures e.g. blood tests, ECGs while the patient is asleep.

Due to the limited number of places on each list, requests must only come from consultants. Requests can be made via the following email address: If you wish to discuss a request directly, please contact:

Requests for urgent inpatient scans should continue to be arranged by contacting the ITU registrar on call via bleep 2336.

Developments in radiology are the focus of health talk at Good Hope Hospital

Technological advances in the field of radiology, which are currently benefitting patients at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust hospitals, are the focus of a health talk at Good Hope Hospital in July.

Radiology is a rapidly evolving area of medicine and patients at Good Hope, Heartlands and Solihull hospitals are now benefitting from state- of-the-art equipment as part of a £3 million project to transform the Trust’s imaging offer for its patients.

Throughout the year, at Heartlands, the Trust has completed a £680,000 refurbishment of the interventional radiology suite, a £270,000 digital x-ray room in its Emergency Department and a £425,000 purpose-built general x-ray department, as well as installing a new CT scanner.

Good Hope Hospital will see the arrival of a new CT scanner in July, which follows the installation of a new ultrasound machine and a complete refurbishment of the x-ray room in its Emergency Imaging Department.

The July health talk held by the Trust will be on the topic of the latest developments in technology in radiology and will be led by the Trust’s superintendent radiographer for CT/MRI, Eunan McGlynn.

He said: “The talk at Good Hope will be a great opportunity to inform people about the exciting developments in radiology going on at the Trust but also across radiology as a whole, as advances are happening in imaging technology all the time.

“Upgrading to the latest technology has allowed us to provide our patients with the highest level of care. It is also great to be able to provide staff with the latest equipment and training to enhance their skills and development. The modern facilities and state-of-the-art equipment enable us to offer a consistent and continuous 24/7 patient-centred service. The new surroundings will also make a huge difference to not only the service but to all our hospital sites, patients’ and staff’s care and experience.”

The talk will take place in the Education Centre at Good Hope Hospital on Wednesday 26 July, between 5pm and 7pm.

To book your place on the talk please contact Sandra White, membership and engagement manager at the Trust, on 0121 424 1218 or email

The Trust runs 10 health talks a year to help raise awareness of a range of health conditions, as well as providing information about the treatment and support that is available.

Visit to find out more about upcoming talks and about becoming a member of the Trust.

Good Hope Hospital to see the arrival of new state-of-the-art CT scanner

Patients and staff at Good Hope are set to benefit from the arrival of a new state-of-the-art CT scanner.

Work will begin to remove the old scanner on 7 July, allowing for the surrounding area to be refurbished ahead of the arrival of the new equipment which is planned to be up and running in September.

The new scanner will not only provide the team with higher quality images, but the equipment will allow for an extended range of exams for patients.

Upgrading the CT scanner is part of a wider £3 million equipment refurbishment project running throughout the Imaging Department.

Good Hope has already seen the arrival of a new ultrasound machine and a complete refurbishment of the x-ray room in its Emergency Imaging Department. Please note that alternative CT provisions will be in place at Good Hope whilst the refurbishment work is undertaken to
ensure minimal disruption to the service.

Good Hope Hospital moves to syringeless injector technology

Louise Rodgers, CT Site Lead at Good Hope Hospital commented that, “Since having the Ulrich we have significantly reduced the amount of contrast we have administered to patients, without compromising image quality. This is particularly true for CT Pulmonary Angiogram studies, where we are giving less than half the amount of contrast media by utilising the Ulrich’s ‘Contrast Substitution function’. There has been a significant reduction in waste disposal as we no longer have to dispose of individual syringes. Whilst the efficiency and throughput of patients has improved with the Ulrich reservoir contrast injector, as time is no longer spent filling syringes in between patients. We also feel Ulrich promote a very safety conscious injector, with a number of air detectors throughout the device. Further to this, the risk of extravasation has been significantly decreased with the use of a pre-saline injection, acting as a ‘test injection’ for the required flow rate. These safety factors, alongside the improved efficiency within the CT department, have given us great confidence in the Ulrich injector and we are very pleased with the results we are getting from using this system. The educational support provided by Synapse Medical UK has helped us integrate the CT Motion seamlessly into a very busy CT department”.

Picture perfect as imaging department goes digital

Patients set to benefit from the latest state-of-the art digital imaging technology as phase 1 of a £3 million equipment refurbishment nears completion.

 This month, Heartlands completed the £680,000 refurbishment of the interventional radiology suite along with a £270,000 digital x-ray room in its Emergency Department and £425,000 purpose-built general x-ray room within the main hospital. This follows the replacement of a digital x-ray mobile, an image intensifier and CT scanner equipment earlier this year.

The trustwide refurbishment project has also seen Good Hope take arrival of a new ultrasound machine in the main imaging department and a new digital x-ray room in its Emergency  Imaging Department. Plans are now underway to replace the CT scanner with completion by the summer.

The modern facilities and state-of-the-art imaging equipment, which offer a continuous 24/7 patient-centred service, will allow the team to see and treat more patients, more quickly due to reduced waiting times, along with the ability to perform a wider-range of procedures. The new surroundings will also make a huge difference to not only the service but to all our hospital sites, patients and staffs’ care and experience.

Thomas Lowbridge, Group Manager & Lead Radiographer for Imaging said:

“It’s fantastic to see the new facilities open and our staff are really enjoying using the new equipment. As we progress our plans, it is great to see our patients and staff benefitting from the upgrade.  There is still some work to be done at each of our hospitals to complete the upgrade and there is lots of preparation to do as the design and enabling works have begun on the Ambulatory Care and Diagnostics (ACAD) centre at Heartlands. The £70m project is due for completion in 2020 and it will provide us with world-class facilities that really will see us pioneering the future of medical imaging.”

As part of the project, the team has also refreshed their website, providing a range of information for patients and staff wanting to know more about the service on offer. You can visit this at: you can also follow @HEFTradiology and keep an eye out for updates in future editions of News@.

Radiology refurbishment update

Work has been completed at Heartlands and the new CT scanner is fully installed and operational.

Plans are underway at Good Hope to remove the old CT scanner and prepare the area so that the new scanner can be installed. The new interventional radiology suite at Heartlands opened for patients at the end of March and we will bring you a full look inside at the new facilities in the next edition.

The imaging team ran a successful recruitment drive in February, attending an event at Birmingham City University to attract new members to the team.

The team has already interviewed 27 candidates and are looking to continue recruiting over the coming months.

If you would be interested to see what opportunities are available, visit or follow @heftradiology for the latest updates.

Replacement CT Scanners

The next phase of the imaging equipment replacement is now underway as work has started at Heartlands to replace the CT scanner.

There is now a temporary CT scanner operational which is located in the middle of the X-ray department. This means that the CT department will be separated for around six to eight weeks as work is undertaken to install the replacement scanner.

Whilst the work is carried out, some disruption to service may occur until the re-opening of the CT department with the new scanner in late March.

Following this work, the old CT scanner at Good Hope will be removed in late March with the installation of the new scanner beginning late April. The new scanner at Good Hope should be operational in mid May 2017.

There will also be some disruption to the CT service at Good Hope while the work is carried out but once complete, the equipment upgrade will make a huge difference to not only the service but to all our hospital sites, patients and staffs’ care and experience.