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Programme Description 


The West of Scotland Radiology Training Scheme is the largest in Scotland with 60 clinical radiology trainees and 4 interventional radiology fellows.

Within the first year the aims are to obtain a broad basic grounding in plain radiography interpretation, fluoroscopy procedures and ultrasound with opportunities for early experience in CT, Nuclear medicine and basic intervention. There is a structured first year teaching programme covering physics and radiological anatomy, geared towards the FRCR1 examination.

The 2nd and 3rd year rotations are designed to cover the core curriculum and include blocks in the RHSC, INS and DGH’s in addition to the Glasgow teaching hospitals. Learning is self directed with a structured teaching programme in 2nd year aimed at problem solving, clinical case discussions and guidance for the FRCR2a examinations. Following completion of FRCR2a there is an organized FRCR2b Viva course.

The training programme is coordinated through the local Postgraduate Training Committee, which has two trainee representatives

Research, audit, teaching and management opportunities


Within the first year the aims are to obtain a broad basic grounding in plain radiography interpretation, fluoroscopy procedures and ultrasound with opportunities for early experience in CT, Nuclear medicine and basic intervention. There is a structured first year teaching programme covering physics and radiological anatomy, geared towards the FRCR1 examination.

Subspecialty training occurs in years 4 and 5. Each hospital on the scheme provides a detailed list of training modules available and, within limits, trainees are allowed to choose modules geared towards their training requirements and interests. The number of modules exceeds the number of trainees. Subspecialty training is available in all modalities including breast imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, gastrointestinal imaging, nuclear medicine, including PET CT, oncological imaging, paediatric imaging, interventional radiology and neuroradiology. The 4th/5th year blocks are 3 months long but blocks can be run back to back to increase exposure to a particular subspecialty or hospital.

Audit is part of the core curriculum and is actively encouraged. Research is actively encouraged in all subspecialty modules. There are specific research opportunities in neuroradiology and oncological imaging.

Where is training delivered?


This programme involves placements in some or all of these Health Boards and hospitals:

Ayr Hospital, Crosshouse Hospital, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Gartnavel General, Glasgow, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire, Monklands Hospital, Airdrie, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Paisley , Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Yorkhill, Glasgow (RHSC), Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow, Western Infirmary, Glasgow, Wishaw Hospital, Institute of Neurological Sciences, Glasgow, Falkirk & District Royal Infrmary, Stirling Royal Infirmary, Stirling

See the Hospitals Page for further information. 

Contacts and Useful LInks


Deanery sponsoring programme West of Scotland
Postgraduate Dean Professor Alastair McLellan
Responsible Associate – GP Director Dr Wilma Kincaid
Programme Type Deanery based or National: Deanery 
Specialty or Sub-specialty: Specialty
Date of GMC recent approval August 2010
Associated Royal College – Faculty Royal College of Radiologists (web site)
Curriculum and Associated Assessment System http://www.gmc-uk.org/education/postgraduate/clinical_radiology.asp
Deanery Administrative Contacts Name: Helen Biggins
Address: NES, 2 Central Quay, 89 Hydepark St Glasgow G3 8BW
Tel: 0141 223 1412
Email: Helen.Biggins@nes.scot.nhs.uk
Programme Director Name: Dr Alasdair McCafferty
Email: Alsdair.McCafferty@ggc.scot.nhs.uk
Address: Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow
Quality of Training GMC Trainee Survey Information (2010)
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