Radiology: Recruitment

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 15th May 2019.

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Photo of Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi Labour, Slough

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to increase recruitment of radiologists.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In the Cancer Workforce Plan for England published in December 2017, Health Education England set out the case for additional training support for clinical radiology. The table below shows the increase in accepted post numbers, by recruitment year. Fill rates for clinical radiology in England over the last seven years have always been 100%. Clinical radiology is a popular speciality and each year has on average double the number of appointable candidates for the number of entry points (offers of places to commence the training programme).

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Number of accepted radiology posts

183

186

212

212

226

234

240

Source: Health Education England

Locally, responsibility for assessing and managing staffing levels, including specialty staff, rests with individual National Health Service trusts and their boards who are best placed to decide how many staff they need to provide a given service.

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