A team of radiographers who work in the Diagnostics Directorate are celebrating after winning a prestigious national award.
The award for the Radiography Team of the Year from the Society and College of Radiographers was presented to the team who provide a radiographer reporting service on musculo skeletal images.
The team work with emergency departments and minor injury units, as well as reporting images from patients who have attended outpatient clinics and orthopaedics, rheumatology and trauma inpatients.
The team began its work in 2013 with four staff reporting approximately 20,000 images per annum. Now the team has grown to eight members of staff and this year are looking at closer to 80,000 images by the end of the year.
Dr Jonathan McConnell, Consultant Reporting Radiographer, Diagnostic Directorate said: “I am delighted that the team have been honoured with this award from our professional body, the Society and College of Radiographers.
“To have the work they do recognised is an achievement as this type of work makes significant contribution to the demands made on the radiology department across Scotland.”
Aileen MacLennan, Director of Diagnostics, added: “I am delighted that this staff group have been recognised.
“The upskilling of the radiographic staff enable patient images to be reported by a wider range of clinical staff.
“This is turn helps our patients who require treatment to be treated in a timely way.
“This well deserved award is recognition of the valuable extended role Jonathan and the team provide.”
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Notes to Editors
In 2015-16 23% of the musculo-skeletal plain radiographs were reported by the radiographers.
The reporting radiographers provided interpretations to the ED/MIU in almost 96% of cases within 24 hours rising to 99% inside 48 hours.
Pic: Some of the team pick up the award at a glittering event in London.