North West Endoscopy Academy
The North West (NW) Endoscopy Academy has now been launched.
The aim of this forward-thinking training development is to ensure provision of long term and sustainable education and training capacity within the system and to increase the pipeline of trained medical, clinical and support staff to meet the endoscopy workforce plans of the region.
Training and education of the future workforce will be the primary focus, maximising the expertise of experienced educators and supervisors across the NW. The overall aim is to increase the number of training centres and learners transitioning to the workforce utilising the academy model to increase training capacity. It will provide a high quality and enhanced training experience and to accelerate learning to independent practice.
The endoscopy Academy will look at the current training of all endoscopy staff and explore new roles, skills mix, workforce models, such as the role of the Physician Associate.
The North West Imaging Academy (NWIA) has now been launched. The Academy comprises a consortium of delivery providers including NHS Trusts, HEI’s and the North West School of Radiology.
Key drivers were to address diagnostic throughput capacity, workforce shortages, new approaches to education and training, workforce transformation models, with the overarching aims of reducing health inequality and improving outcomes across all areas of the North West.
Initial objectives were to:
- support the expansion of radiologist training, improve teaching for ST2 and 3 and provide additional capacity for developing reporting skills
- develop multiprofessional education for radiographers and wider professional groups
- increase independent reporting capacity and instigate a process of accreditation to evidence the capabilities of trainees and reporting radiographers
- lead regional standard setting for radiographer reporting
The Radiology Academy at Edge Hill Medical School (EHUMS) became the hub of the NWIA and has a recently expanded IMac lab and cloud-based simulation environment for development of reporting skills. The NWIA will provide CPD for the wider imaging workforce.
Spoke sites have also been establishes across the NW with The Christie NHS Foundation Trust chosen to host the GM imaging hub.
Funding has also been provided to a variety of NW Trusts to provide local education and training facilities that will provide a local environment for private study and on-site imaging education.
The Universities of Cumbria and Salford have developed a collaborative ultrasound academy. They have developed primary training in ultrasound through expanding their direct entry programme, whilst maintaining opportunities for qualified radiographers to move into this modality. They have created Ultrasound Skills Hubs at each university. These are being used to grow the numbers of new sonographers being educated and provide ultrasound training for a variety of professional groups.
Link to the NWIA newsletter North West Imaging Academy Training Hub Newsletter (edgehill.ac.uk)