The Radiology Department provides specialty training for grades ST1-ST3. They are a friendly and cohesive team of 12 consultant radiologists with a wide variety of skills. The Department is well equipped and provides all major imaging modalities including CT scanning, MRI, Intervention, ultrasound, mammography, fluoroscopy and plain film imaging.
The Department have a GE digital mammography system, 5 x Philips IU22 Ultrasound machines, two GE Lightspeed VCT 64 slice CT scanners and a 1.5T GE Signa MRI scanner. They also have direct access to a new state-of-the-art 3T Siemens MRI scanner recently installed in the Guildford Diagnostic Imaging Unit. The whole RSCH department has been refurbished and the Ultrasound department rebuilt. The Department is fully operational with HSS RIS and recently installed Philips IntelliSpace PACS.
There is close liaison with a wide range of other specialties including Nuclear Medicine, which is part of the St Luke’s Cancer Centre. Currently PET/CT is commissioned from an independent provider on the Royal Surrey site. There is an active research programme including close links with the University of Surrey.
Rotations will cover all topics within the Core Radiology Curriculum including Emergency Radiology, Chest & Cardiac, Paediatrics, O&G, Breast, Urological, Musculoskeletal, Head & Neck, Interventional Radiology and Oncological Imaging. We have two KSS trainees on the Surrey training rotation between Frimley Park Hospital, Royal Surrey County Hospital and Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals. These trainees will rotate around all 3 Surrey trusts covering 9 modules in the first 3 years in 4-month blocks.
There are separate senior and junior registrar weekly rotas which are adapted on an individual basis to meet the particular training objectives of the 4-month module. Each registrar works 9am to 5pm and is allocated a half day per week for personal study. The senior registrar will participate in a 1-in-5 on-call rota with overnight commitment. Depending on the junior registrar’s particular level of training, he/she may also participate in the on-call rota. Trainees will only be expected to participate in the on-call rota when they are deemed competent to do so after discussion with their Educational Supervisor.
A full description of educational meetings and MDT meetings is provided at the beginning of the rotation. The registrars are encouraged to participate in these, particularly ones which are relevant to their specific module.
The trainees are expected to undertake at least one audit project during their rotation. The registrars have an area set aside for them within the radiology department with access to a personal computer, internet and email. The departmental radiology library has a collection of up-to-date reference books and some radiological journals. We also have an evolving radiology case library based on the departmental training iMac computer with access to the Osirix software for exam practice.
Study leave is available for relevant courses.
Specialty Trainee year 1- 3 Clinical Radiology
Qualifications and professional registration required: MBBS, Full GMC registration with License to Practise
Each KSS trainee will be allocated an Educational Supervisor (QESP qualified) for their ST1 – ST3 period. The supervisor will be based at any one of the 3 Trusts in Surrey (Frimley Park Hospital, Royal Surrey County Hospital, and Ashford and St. Peter’s). Whilst in rotation at the Royal Surrey County Hospital, each trainee will have a named clinical supervisor for each module. At the beginning of all attachments to RSCH, the trainee will be asked to set out their learning objectives and an exit appraisal will be conducted at the end of the module to assess the individual’s performance and to ensure objectives have been met. Teaching will be in the form of one-to-one teaching, direct consultant supervision and regular tutorials. There is a 3 monthly local faculty group (LFG) meeting to discuss issues regarding training, study leave and other educational activities. Trainee representatives are an integral part of our LFG.
Clinical Director Dr James Crawshaw
Faculty Lead Dr Mark Ingram
Training Programme Director for Surrey Dr Philippa Skippage
Core Training years 1-3
Fundamental science and radiation safety relevant to clinical radiology will be taught over a period of about 3 months during the first year. Structured training to cover core interpretative and procedural skills in all the required special interests will be delivered during the first 3 years. Trainees are expected to work through the curriculum towards ARCP for ST1-ST3 with continued progression through the Royal College of Radiologists Fellowship exams.
Advanced training lasting for a period of about 24 months is required to allow for consolidation of those skills learnt during core training alongside training in one special interest for those who wish to declare a single special interest, or training in a mixture of two or more special interests in order to provide a more generalised service. This advanced training in a special interest will usually be undertaken in the fourth and fifth years, but may be scheduled in a modular fashion at other stages of training. Assuming that you have selected your chosen special interest during the third year, there should be little need for additional special interest training after Year 5, except perhaps for those pursuing complex interventional radiology and nuclear medicine.