The London Postgraduate School of Clinical Radiology is responsible for the management of training in Clinical Radiology.

The aim is to provide world-class consultant radiologists fit to meet the needs of tomorrow’s NHS. Our school ensures excellence in delivery of training while enhancing both the quality and safety of patient care.

We work in partnership with others to effectively plan for local needs and with the Royal College of Radiologists to provide first-class delivery of the curricula and standards.

Radiology is an exciting, dynamic specialty that responds rapidly to innovations in technology. Using the best techniques to diagnose and monitor disease processes, it is at the heart of high-quality patient care and pivotal to many aspects of modern medicine.

Changes to postgraduate medical education are occurring in an evolutionary fashion to try to enhance training. Some of these modifications will work and some may not be quite so successful. We welcome feedback on all issues

Assessments, both formal and informal, are undertaken throughout the training period and certain parts of the educational programme may be compulsory. Whilst there are many people working on behalf of trainees. The School aims to encourage trainees to take personal responsibility for their progress in radiology training.

We would like to create an ethos whereby everyone is proud to be a part of the School.

The London Specialty School of Clinical Radiology provides training to more than 300 trainees across London. We offer world-class interventional training facilities in organisations including national treasure posts such as the Royal Brompton Hospital. Our training is not just about imaging; we also lead the way in the development of minimally invasive interventional procedures and actively promote academic Radiology, offering appointments to several academic clinical fellow posts in addition to the fantastic research opportunities at all our centres. Our consultants deal with the widest cross-section of the country's healthcare population and benefit from all the culture and diversity the capital can provide.

Structure

The London School of Clinical Radiology is a structure for managing Specialty Training in London that links the Royal College of Radiologists, Health Education England, the NHS and other providers of training. The School has a Board drawn from the institutions and groups that contribute to training as well as other stakeholders. It provides a structure for Educational Governance and sets the direction for the development of Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) in Clinical Radiology within London.

The London School of Radiology includes trainees, trainers, Trust-based Educational Supervisors, Training Programme Directors and all those involved in training in the specialty. The School encompasses the work done by Health Education and in Trusts.

The vision for the London School of Clinical Radiology is:

  • World class education for world-class healthcare
  • Excellence of Postgraduate training and education
  • Producing clinical leaders of tomorrow.

The structure within the School is outlined in the diagram below:

Head of School

Dr Jane Young is Head of School. She qualified from St Mary's Hospital, which is now part of Imperial College. Dr Young chose radiology as a career as it was just starting to incorporate ultrasound and CT and much was being discovered about this new technology.

Dr Young trained in Radiology at St Thomas's Hospital and the Royal Free and spent time training in several countries. Dr Young was appointed to the Whittington Hospital as a consultant in 1989. Her subspecialty interests are paediatrics, neuroradiology and nuclear medicine.

As Dr Young was interested in teaching, she pursued an educational role in UG and PG teaching and has held a number of educational roles including a period as an Associate Dean for the London Deanery and Director of Postgraduate Education at the Whittington.  Dr Young has been Regional Advisor for the RCR for 3 years, and is also on the Speciality Training Advisory Commitee.

Training Programme Description

The London School of Clinical Radiology is made up of nine specialty training programmes across London and we have a number of Special Interest Training placements. Radiology training is similar across all the training programmes in London and offers a combination of teaching hospital, specialist centre and district general hospital experience.

In order to ensure all of the competences of the curriculum are met Radiologists rotate modules more often that most specialties, the minimum time a trainee may spend doing a module is between 6 weeks and four months. You will receive 12 weeks notice of any rotation between hospitals. When you rotate out to one of these hospitals you may change employers for the period.

In addition to this, a further four programmes within the School offer special interest training in Neuroradiology (based at units across London, including the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery), Paediatric Radiology (based at Great Ormond Street Hospital), Cardiothoracic Radiology (based at the Royal Brompton Hospital) and Oncological Imaging (based at the Royal Marsden Hospital).

Examinations

In order to obtain a CCT, you must sit and pass the Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR) examination.

The First FRCR examination comprises 2 modules; a physics examination and an anatomy examination. The examination is held three times a year and trainees are expected to have passed this exam in order to move into their second year of training. Although there is currently no limit to the number of times it can be taken, if success has not been achieved after three attempts, a discussion with the TPD and School needs to take place to review circumstances and whether support for a 4th attempt will be allowed as difficulty in obtaining Part 1 is a predictor of progress in achieving the modules of Part 2a.

The Final FRCR is divided into two parts. The Part A examination comprises of six modules which may be taken in any combination. Trainees are expected to have completed 3 modules of the Final FRCR Part A in order to move from ST2 into ST3 and are expected to have completed all six modules by the end of ST3; although it is hoped they will have completed all six modules midway through ST3 in order to allow one attempt to sit and pass the Final FRCR Part B examination before moving in ST4.

Candidates are permitted to enter the Final FRCR Part B examination once they have passed all six modules of Part A. Once a trainee has sat and passed the Final FRCR Part B they will be able to move into Special Interest or Sub Specialty training.

Further information of the FRCR can be found on the College website:

Core Training

The first three years of the curriculum deal with the core competences and skills required to by any Radiologist to perform acute imaging. The core modules include:

  • Breast Radiology
  • Cardiac Radiology
  • Emergency Radiology
  • Gastro-intestinal Radiology
  • Head and Neck Radiology
  • Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • Oncological Radiology
  • Paediatric Radiology
  • Radionuclide Radiology
  • Thoracic Radiology
  • Uro-gynaecological Radiology
  • Vascular Radiology

For further information please follow the link to the curriculum section of the RCR’s website.

Higher Training and Special Interest Training

For the final two years, trainees will be expected to train in areas of special interest. The areas in which a Consultant Radiologist can have a special interest are shown in the list above. The expectations are that at the time obtaining their CCT, a trainee will normally hold Level 1 interest in the majority of areas above but with level 2 competencies in 1-2 areas. Please see the link to the Curriculum above for further information.

Sub Specialty Training

Trainees also have the opportunity to Sub Specialise in Interventional Radiology. As of 2010 Interventional Radiologists can, but not exclusively, train on a different Curriculum which is delivered over 3 years. Subject to completing the programme satisfactorily, trainees will be recognised by the GMC as a Sub Specialist in Interventional Radiology. This link will take you through to the page of the College website that included the Interventional Radiology Sub Specialty curriculum

Lead Providers

Training is delivered by four Lead Providers:

  • North Central and East London – UCLP
  • North West London – Imperial
  • South East London – Guy’s and St. Thomas’
  • South West London – St. George’s

Find out More

Nucleus is a portal to useful online resources that support your postgraduate training programme. The subject areas in Nucleus are elements of medical curricula generic to all specialties, covering everything from ethics to evidence-based medicine, team-working to time-management. Nucleus is structured around the AoMRC’s Common Competencies Framework for Doctors.

The Society of Radiologists in Training (SRT) was founded in 1993 under the auspices of the Royal College of Radiologists. The society is a non-profit making organisation, run by radiology trainees specifically to promote radiology training and education in the UK. It is free to join and carries

Aunt Minnie is an online radiology news portal with case of the day.

The Radiological Society of North America is a professional membership society committed to excellence in patient care through education and research. More than 40,000 medical imaging professionals are members of RSNA, including radiologists, radiation oncologists, medical physicists and allied scientists.
RSNA hosts the world's largest annual radiology meeting, publishes two highly respected peer-reviewed journals, offers opportunities to earn CME, and provides research and education grants to young investigators.

The Royal Society of Medicine is an independent charity founded over 200 years ago. It is one of the UK’s largest providers of accredited courses for continuing professional development for doctors, dentists and other healthcare professionals. The RSM organises more than 400 cross-specialty academic meetings each year complemented by online videos and e-learning facilities. The RSM Library is the one of the finest postgraduate biomedical lending libraries in Europe with over half a million volumes and offering remote access to more than 600 electronic journals. Club facilities are available for members at the RSM’s central London headquarters.

The RSM has nearly 60 specialist sections including the Radiology Section which aims to study radiological studies and subjects relating to them.

Contact Us

radiology@southlondon.hee.nhs.uk
020 7866 3145

Training Programme Directors

Barts’ and the London
Dr Muaaze Ahmad
Muaaze.Ahnmad@bartsandthelondon.nhs.uk

Chelsea and Westminster
Dr Gajan Rajeswaran
grajeswaran@nhs.net

Dr Kathryn Wessely
Kathryn.wessely@chelwest.nhs.uk

Guy's and St. Thomas'
Dr Nyree Griffin
Nyree.Griffin@gstt.nhs.uk

Imperial
Dr Dominic Blunt
Dominic.Blunt@imperial.nhs.uk

Kings College Hospital
Dr Maria Sellars
maria.sellars@kch.nhs.uk

North West London
Dr Anthony Chambers
Anthony.chambers@nwlh.nhs.uk

Royal Free
Dr Nick Woodward
nick.woodward@nhs.net

St Georges
Dr James Pilcher
James.pilcher@stgeorges.nhs.uk

UCLH
Dr Colm Prendergast
colm.prendergast@nhs.net

National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Dr Katherine Miszkiel
katherine.miszkiel@uclh.nhs.uk

Great Ormond Street Hospital – Paediatric Radiology
Dr Ali Calder
CaldeA1@gosh.nhs.uk

Royal Marsden Hospital – Oncological Imaging
Dr. Samantha Chippington
Samantha.Chippington@gosh.nhs.uk

Chair of Trainee Committee
Dr Ruchi Kabra - UCL