The British Society of Breast Radiology (BSBR) held its Annual Scientific Meeting last week, an eagerly anticipated event for breast imaging specialists nationwide. This year, the gathering took place on the 6th and 7th of November at the iconic Titanic Belfast. With its focus on radiological matters related to breast disease and breast screening, the event is a significant milestone in the breast imaging community’s annual calendar.
The National Breast Imaging Academy were there to share our vital work. Paula Stavrinos and Jayne Snape, from the NBIA Programme Team helped attendees find out more about our ongoing work to address the severe workforce shortages faced by breast imaging services across the country.
Commenting on the event, Dr Mary Wilson said: “We know that breast units and screening services across the country are struggling to meet workforce demands, so the BSBR annual meeting is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the programmes we have developed to expand and enhance the breast imaging workforce.”
The National Breast Imaging Academy (NBIA) is at the forefront of initiatives aimed at boosting the number and skillset of breast imaging specialists. Our programmes include:
- Fellowship Programme: training for aspiring breast radiologists, developing the leaders, educators and researchers of the future.
- Breast Clinician Credential: developed in partnership with the Royal College of Radiologists offering a nationally recognised training pathway for breast clinicians working in breast screening and symptomatic services.
- Mammography Associate Apprenticeship: a level 4 apprenticeship providing standardised training and assessment for mammographers undertaking routine 2-view mammography in symptomatic and screening service.
- NBIA Academy Online: a national online learning hub developed by and for the breast imaging community.