£3.4 million radiology academy to be created in Wales

The new National Imaging Academy for Wales is to train radiologists and imaging professionals.

The academy is to be created in Wales with £3.4 million of Welsh Government funding. It will be based in Pencoed, Bridgend and is expected to be up and running by mid-2018.

It will provide specialist training, in collaboration with the existing provision at hospital sites throughout south Wales, and will feature state-of-the-art workstation suites, simulation training and a lecture theatre.

Seminars and supervision for trainees on imaging studies, including the interpretation of X-rays, CT and MRI scans, will be provided by consultant radiologists from across south Wales.

The academy will eventually extend to focus on training radiographers, sonographers and other imaging professionals.

Vaughan Gething, Health Security, is to announce the plan.

He said: “The new academy will play an important role in allowing us to increase the number of trained radiologists in the Welsh NHS to ensure a sustainable, high-quality workforce for the future.”

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