A team of radiographers and radiologists at the Nightingale Centre, part of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, developed a business case in collaboration with other breast training units and key stakeholders nationally in an effort to develop solutions to the national workforce crisis in breast imaging. This was submitted to Health Education England (HEE) who have agreed to provide funding of £5 million to support a comprehensive training and development programme through the new National Breast Imaging Academy.
Hosted by Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, the Academy is a collaborative national programme involving multiple other training centres and NHS Trusts around the country as well as Health Education England, Public Health England, the Royal College of Radiologists, the Society and College of Radiographers and e-Learning for Healthcare.
Our ambition is ultimately to build a dedicated home for the Academy adjacent to the Nightingale Centre. This would become a national centre of excellence, offering increased training capacity and innovative, academy-based clinical and academic training for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians.