This white paper evaluates the position of the clinical radiology workforce in the UK and considers the UK against the international position.
In respect of staff numbers, the UK has fewer radiologists per head of population than the European average.
- In 2015, the UK had an estimated 4.8 consultant radiologists per 100,000 people and 7 radiologists (including trainees) per 100,000 people. This is one of the lowest in Europe, and compares to a mean of 12 radiologists per 100,000 population for Western Europe.
- The vacancy rate for radiologists across the UK was 10% in 2015.There is a national workforce shortage that impacts on the cost and quality of care. Action is needed to address this shortfall and better manage demand. Evidence suggests a number of potential approaches.
This impacts on cost and quality.
Evidence shows that workforce shortages in radiology are impacting:
- Cost: expenditure on overtime, outsourcing and agency staff across the UK increased from £58.3m in 2013/14 to £88.2m in 2014/15.
Waiting times and reporting turnaround times.
- Overall system performance, e.g. emergency flow.
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