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The National Breast Imaging Academy (NBIA) Breast Radiology Fellowship programme is run by the NBIA in collaboration with Health Education England. Fellowship posts are open to radiologists trained in the UK who have obtained their CCT and radiologists from other countries who have completed the radiology registrar or resident training equivalent to CCT level and meet the person specification. Applicants entering the fellowship programme will have completed core Breast training equivalent as described in the Royal College of Radiologists Training Curriculum for Clinical Radiology.

The fellowship programme offers in depth sub -specialty Level 1 and 2 training complimented by an opportunity to gain additional experience in teaching, leadership and research aspects if the fellow wishes to.. Breast fellows will gain deeper knowledge and understanding of breast pathology as per the outline of the curriculum.

The sub specialty training will offer deeper knowledge of breast radiology at centres that meet the eligibility criteria for breast fellowship training. The training programme will include teaching modules, competency- based modules, hands on experience for interventional breast radiology, active MDT attendance and participation, journal clubs, breast fellowship national study days, involvement in audit, research, management and leadership and activities that support continuous medical education (CME) and continuous professional development (CPD).

The fellow will gain knowledge, clinical skills and a deeper understanding of the communication and managerial skills required to perform a breast radiology consultant job during this year of training.

Fellows are to follow the Good Medical Practical professional guidance set out by the GMC during their period of training. They will be supported locally by a named Educational Supervisor or Clinical Supervisor who will assist the fellow, outline educational goals and objectives and organise rotations to enhance their training. Where required rotations may include neighbouring hospitals to gain specific training such as MR guided biopsy. Trainee Assessment will be module and competency based at the local hospital. It is expected that a minimum number of cases and procedures will be completed as outlined in the curriculum.

Research and audit will be accessible to fellows and they will be expected to participate in these activities. In addition to the deeper knowledge and skills gained in Breast Imaging, fellows will become familiar with teaching, management, governance and leadership tasks and responsibilities. The programme will also cover softer skills including the importance of team work in maintaining patient safety and the art of good communication in the workplace.