140 new NHS radiology jobs planned by the Aneurin Bevan Health Board

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AMBITIOUS £6 million plans to expand radiology services in Gwent hospitals to meet demand, could see the equivalent of almost 140 full-time jobs created during the next five years.

Improving patients' access to a range of services such as x-rays, CT and MRI scans, ultrasound and fluoroscopy, is vital to reducing waiting times for treatments, and will be essential when the Specialist and Critical Care Centre (SCCC) is opened, probably during 2017/2018.

Dealing with the area's sickest patients, and its most complex cases, the bulk of diagnostic images there will be required within a matter of hours, and there will be increased demand in Gwent's Local General Hospitals, which will deal with routine treatments.

Aneurin Bevan Health Board sees increasing its radiology staff as the key to meeting rising demand up to and after the SCCC opens, but believes it will take five years to achieve.

Alongside improvements in technology, it estimates that it needs to create 139 whole time equivalent (WTE) new posts. There are currently 284 WTE staff in radiology in Gwent.

In the 14 years to 2009/10, there was a 40 per cent increase in radiological examinations, from 296,000 a year to 419,000, and the trend remains upward.

In five years the aim is to have radiology services available in Gwent's main hospitals seven days a week, from 8am-10pm.

"By 2018 it is envisaged that a comprehensive series of radiological examinations will be undertaken at the SCCC and three Local General Hospitals," says a health board report.

Central to this is the need for radiological services to respond to the creation of more one-stop clinics where patients have a consultation and one or more tests at the same appointment.

"We need a radiology service that is the 'best in class' and able to meet the demands placed upon it, ahead of the SCCC opening," said Judith Paget, health board deputy chief executive and chief operating officer.

Radiology directorate manager Marilyn Williams said the health board needs to recruit graduates into radiology training, to "grow our own", as there are concerns about the age profile of the existing workforce.

"Training work needs to start next year and if it is delayed, the next five years are going to be particularly difficult," she said.

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4:59pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Independentvoter says...

The Chief Executive Dr Andrew Goodall and his deputy Judith Paget are about 20 years too late in recruiting radiology students at The Royal Gwent hospital.

Some spinal patients have had to teach themselves 'how to read their own MRI Scans' ( Sagital and Axial views) in order to gain a 'proper' diagnosis and treatment.

They then have to search other Trusts to find the right surgeon.

Its about time Dr Goodall was replaced.

Cardiff NHS Trust seem to have the right idea, especially with their new Chief Executive.
The Chief Executive Dr Andrew Goodall and his deputy Judith Paget are about 20 years too late in recruiting radiology students at The Royal Gwent hospital. Some spinal patients have had to teach themselves 'how to read their own MRI Scans' ( Sagital and Axial views) in order to gain a 'proper' diagnosis and treatment. They then have to search other Trusts to find the right surgeon. Its about time Dr Goodall was replaced. Cardiff NHS Trust seem to have the right idea, especially with their new Chief Executive. Independentvoter
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6:43pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Bobevans says...

What they dont say is where the money is coming from. The healthboard is overspent so unless this was already in the budget they have a big problem. Staff cost alone must come to about £800K a year
What they dont say is where the money is coming from. The healthboard is overspent so unless this was already in the budget they have a big problem. Staff cost alone must come to about £800K a year Bobevans
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7:02pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Magor says...

Lets get some locals trained up to do the jobs.
Lets get some locals trained up to do the jobs. Magor
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7:43pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Howie' says...

Bobevans wrote:
What they dont say is where the money is coming from. The healthboard is overspent so unless this was already in the budget they have a big problem. Staff cost alone must come to about £800K a year
I wondered who would be the first to ask where the moneys coming from and Bob, as ever, you didn't let me down.
[quote][p][bold]Bobevans[/bold] wrote: What they dont say is where the money is coming from. The healthboard is overspent so unless this was already in the budget they have a big problem. Staff cost alone must come to about £800K a year[/p][/quote]I wondered who would be the first to ask where the moneys coming from and Bob, as ever, you didn't let me down. Howie'
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8:03pm Mon 31 Dec 12

Independentvoter says...

Hey, wouldn't it be great if we could log on here one day to find all our paid councillors on here actually debating the local issues that effect us everyday.

Wouldn't it ?

Happy New Year to you all !

Pigs might fly too !
Hey, wouldn't it be great if we could log on here one day to find all our paid councillors on here actually debating the local issues that effect us everyday. Wouldn't it ? Happy New Year to you all ! Pigs might fly too ! Independentvoter
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3:29pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Annie90 says...

Magor wrote:
Lets get some locals trained up to do the jobs.
Local people can train... go to university and get a degree.
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: Lets get some locals trained up to do the jobs.[/p][/quote]Local people can train... go to university and get a degree. Annie90
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4:30pm Tue 1 Jan 13

ccc49 says...

Let's wait and see what the ratio of migrant to British workers will be. I have my own suspicions.
Let's wait and see what the ratio of migrant to British workers will be. I have my own suspicions. ccc49
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4:37pm Tue 1 Jan 13

smokintheweed says...

Magor wrote:
Lets get some locals trained up to do the jobs.
I'd rather pick the cream of the crop world wide than get a local guy with a few hours of training. There's a reason you see doctors that are not local. That is that there are very few people in this world that are qualified.
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: Lets get some locals trained up to do the jobs.[/p][/quote]I'd rather pick the cream of the crop world wide than get a local guy with a few hours of training. There's a reason you see doctors that are not local. That is that there are very few people in this world that are qualified. smokintheweed
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5:32pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Anne teak says...

The Chief Executive Dr Andrew Goodall and his deputy Judith Paget are about 20 years too late in recruiting radiology students at The Royal Gwent hospital.


Its about time Dr Goodall was replaced.

Cardiff NHS Trust seem to have the right idea, especially with their new Chief Executive.......


Make that deputy Judith Paget as well.
The Chief Executive Dr Andrew Goodall and his deputy Judith Paget are about 20 years too late in recruiting radiology students at The Royal Gwent hospital. Its about time Dr Goodall was replaced. Cardiff NHS Trust seem to have the right idea, especially with their new Chief Executive....... Make that deputy Judith Paget as well. Anne teak
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3:51pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Independentvoter says...

Totally agree !!

If you have the right diagnostic equipment - MRI Scanners etc and most importantly someone who can actually read this information.

Failure to do this will result in misdiagnosis which can lead to irreversible neurological damage for the patient.

When you have the correct diagnosis litigation claims will also drop.

It makes sense doesn't it ?
Totally agree !! If you have the right diagnostic equipment - MRI Scanners etc and most importantly someone who can actually read this information. Failure to do this will result in misdiagnosis which can lead to irreversible neurological damage for the patient. When you have the correct diagnosis litigation claims will also drop. It makes sense doesn't it ? Independentvoter
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4:02pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Independentvoter says...

Totally agree !!

Dr Andrew Goodall didnt realise until now that you have to have the right diagnostic equipment - MRI Scanners etc and most importantly someone qualified who can actually read this information correctly.

Failure to do this will result in misdiagnosis which can lead to irreversible neurological damage for the patient.

When you have the correct diagnosis litigation claims will also drop.

It makes sense doesn't it ?

Replacing him I mean.
Totally agree !! Dr Andrew Goodall didnt realise until now that you have to have the right diagnostic equipment - MRI Scanners etc and most importantly someone qualified who can actually read this information correctly. Failure to do this will result in misdiagnosis which can lead to irreversible neurological damage for the patient. When you have the correct diagnosis litigation claims will also drop. It makes sense doesn't it ? Replacing him I mean. Independentvoter
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4:07pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Independentvoter says...

Oops !
Oops ! Independentvoter
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1:12pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Gw Ent says...

Gwent does not exist. It was a failed local government experiment. Born 1974 to universal hatred. Died 1996 - SIXTEEN YEARS AGO!
Gwent does not exist. It was a failed local government experiment. Born 1974 to universal hatred. Died 1996 - SIXTEEN YEARS AGO! Gw Ent
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