In 2019, we published Transforming imaging services in England: a national strategy for imaging networks.
This strategy committed to establishing imaging networks across England by 2023 in order to address the challenges of rising demand, shortages in the imaging workforce, and ageing imaging equipment which continued to put extreme pressure on delivering timely imaging services and high-quality patient care. Not only would this solution provide better value services for patients and better patient care, it would also help NHS staff develop their careers and deliver financial efficiencies which can be reinvested into imaging services to ensure their sustainability, a key NHS Long Term Plan objective.
These documents provide guidance to NHS providers of diagnostic imaging services as they begin the process of forming imaging networks to deliver the NHS Long Term Plan commitment by 2023 and aid the restoration of services.
Diagnostic imaging network workforce guidance
This document provides support to imaging networks on how to optimise the utilisation of their current workforce.
Diagnostic imaging network implementation guide
This document provides guidance to NHS providers of diagnostic imaging services on forming imaging networks and identifies possible options and factors for consideration to support operational readiness.
Diagnostic imaging network capital equipment planning guide
This document provides support to imaging networks on the key points to consider when developing a strategic capital plan for their network.
Diagnostic imaging network commercial structure and operational governance guide
This document explains the options available to trusts, transforming their imaging services for the commercial structure of the diagnostic imaging network, and gives guidance on the operational governance structure.