Date lodged: 28 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on there being enough radiologists in NHS Highland to deliver services, including on-call services, should there be any further resignations in the region.
Answered by: Shona Robison 25 October 2017
The Scottish Government is working closely with NHS Highland to support improved performance of its Radiology service and are taking forward a comprehensive range of actions to address concerns around staffing levels.
We have welcomed the Royal College of Radiologists’ offer to support clinical leadership with Consultants in NHS Highland and more widely in the North of Scotland, with the aim of maximising recruitment potential and to develop effective cross-Board regional working for Radiology.
Steps are being taken to ensure there is capacity to accommodate demand, including the development of an evidence-based staffing model in order to support the Radiology service in NHS Highland in future.
We have also asked NHS Education for Scotland to examine the distribution of Radiology trainees in the North region to ensure maximum value and optimal utilisation of the training potential within NHS Highland.
In addition to these measures, an independent review into the number of Radiologists required by NHS Highland to meet the needs of their local population is currently being undertaken.
Furthermore, the National Radiology Implementation Programme will see radiology information systems connected across every NHS Board in Scotland over the next
1-2 years. The programme will rely on NHS Boards working together in a joined-up service approach to maximise available services.