The future of breast radiography: UK perspective
- P Whelehan1
© BioMed Central Ltd 2008
Published: 7 July 2008
The current presentation reviews the radiography career structure within the mammography speciality in the United Kingdom, focusing particularly on the National Health Service Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP). Factors influencing role design will be discussed, including national job profiles, the professional body and NHSBSP guidance, service needs and cost-effectiveness. Barriers to developing the workforce will be considered.
Results from the 2008 National Breast Screening Programme workforce survey, currently underway, will be presented – concentrating on the consultant radiographer role, and comparing actual job specifications with those indicated in the relevant guidance and with managers' views on ideal job design.
It is postulated that while the radiography workforce has developed enormously during recent years, further development is needed to respond to current and future opportunities and challenges.