Specialist workforce

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CTCA scans require expertise to acquire and report. In the UK CTCA reporting is usually done by Radiologists and/or Cardiologists. However, the number of available specialists is low. 

Map 6. Accredited CTCA Practioners by region* in the UK 

There is a general shortage of Radiologists in the UK with a recent Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) report demonstrating that the UK has a low number of radiologists compared to our European counterparts. The UK has 48 radiologists per million population compared with Germany (92), Spain (112) and France (130) xv. As a result of activity growth outstripping workforce growth, imaging departments are struggling to keep up with demand. In 2015, 99% of departments were unable to meet their general radiology reporting requirements. 

Detailed information of all medical practitioners who have obtained accreditation to report CTCA (either through the BSCI/BSCCT or SCCT) has been collated and whilst accreditation is not currently a requirement to practice, it is a proxy marker of good medical practice, and as such is used for revalidation purposes. Map 4 demonstrates the number of accredited practitioners (Level 2 accreditation) in the UK is relatively small and there is significant regional variability.

* STP in England, Regional Health Boards in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales

Practitioners per Million

(This is an intercative map. Please click on the map or here and explore it to find out more detailed information)

 

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