NHS SOUTH CENTRAL
5th YEAR RADIOLOGY TRAINING POST
Portsmouth Hospital Trust, Hampshire
Post FRCR Specialist Registrar in Radiology
This senior Specialist Registrar post in Radiology is a year long training post in a
specialty area of your choice (see job advert). The post will be supervised by the
Wessex Deanery and the contracts are held by Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. The
post is designed for Specialist Registrars that have already obtained the FRCR parts I
and II but require a period of general training / experience together with regular in-
training assessments in order for trainees to comply with the Royal College of
Radiologists and PMETB’s requirements to be awarded a CCT.
In addition to your contract of employment you will be required to establish, with your
Educational Supervisor, an Agreement for Education and Training. This document will
be detailed in the Guide to Specialist Registrar Training (February 1998) edition of the
NHSE Guideline document for the Implementation of the Specialist Registrar grade
(orange document). This training agreement will detail the training programme
designed to meet your training needs.
Your Educational Supervisor will meet you at regular intervals to conduct appraisals,
which are defined as constructive and regular dialogue between the Educational
Supervisor and the trainee focusing on the trainee's personal and preferred needs for
You will receive a Summative Assessment by a panel drawn from the Corporate
Radiology Specialist Training Committee and your personal tutorial representative. This
assessment is about the measurement of a trainee's progress against defined criteria.
The outcome of each assessment will be a document called RITA (Record of In
Training Assessment) which is then held by you, the Postgraduate Dean and the Royal
College of Radiologists (RCR).
The RITA document will serve as evidence that you have achieved your training
objectives throughout your training, and that you may be considered for the granting of
a Certificate of Completion Training (CCT) by the Postgraduate Medical Education and
Training Board (PMETB).
In addition to the above, you should be aware of the specifications required of the Trust
through the Contract of Education and Training signed up between the Trust and the
Postgraduate Dean. You must complete such log books and pro formas that your
College have deemed necessary.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Haslar Military Hospital
(Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust)
Queen Alexandra Hospital (QAH)
This is the main acute site. It currently provides:
Accident and emergency
General medicine and surgery
Acute elderly medicine
Maxillofacial, ENT and ophthalmic surgery
Rheumatology and rehabilitation
Wessex regional nephrology and transplant unit
Cardiology and respiratory medicine
St Mary’s Hospital (SMH)
This currently provides:
Women’s and Children’s services: Paediatrics, obstetrics and gynaecology
Post acute general and elderly medicine
Royal Hospital Haslar (RHH)
This site is currently operated as a partnership between MoD and PHT providing a
diagnostic and treatment centre for elective surgery, a minor injuries unit and
currently hosts the Breast Screening Unit and a number of retained MoD units.
DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING IN PORTSMOUTH
The Portsmouth radiology service is currently provided by a team of 20 NHS
consultant radiologists, a nuclear medicine physician, a Breast Clinician and 2
DEPARTMENT OF DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING – QUEEN ALEXANDRA
The department consists of 10 rooms including a digital fluoroscopy unit, a digital
angio/intervention room commissioned in 2005 and a nuclear medicine suite. There
is a separate 2 room plain film facility in the A/E department.
The cross sectional area includes two new ultrasound rooms with a separate room in
the surgical assessment unit.
The CT/MR suite contains a multi-slice CT scanner and 1.5 T MRI machine
A CR, PACS and RIS system has been extended such that all radiology reporting
other than mammography is from softcopy.
There are 10 radiologists working mainly at Queen Alexandra Hospital.
Dr M Gonem Vascular radiology.
Dr J Langham-Brown Interventional radiology and Breast imaging.
Dr E Tilley Head and Neck and Neuroradiology
Dr J Domjan Colorectal and Neuro-ENT radiology.
Dr F Witham Musculoskeletal radiology
Dr J Atchley Interventional, Vascular, GI, colorectal.
Dr T Higginson Gastroenterological imaging and interventional.
Dr M Firth Musculoskeletal radiology.
Dr D Ojar Neuroradiology.
Dr K Colquhoun Musculoskeletal radiology.
DEPARTMENT OF DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING – ST MARY’S HOSPITAL
The department has 11 rooms, including 3 general rooms, a chest unit and a
fluoroscopy unit, lithotripsy equipment, 2 Multi-slice CT scanners and a 1.5T MR
There is one nuclear medicine room and 4 ultrasound rooms
The department is busy with large service commitments to Oncology, Paediatrics and
Urology, as well as to General Medicine.
Dr S Ward Lead Cancer Radiologist
Dr I M Fairley Uroradiology
Dr R Harrison Paediatric radiology
Dr C Ihezue Oncology radiology
Dr J Latham Oncology radiology
Dr Q Siraj Consultant Nuclear Medicine physician
DEPARTMENT OF DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING – ROYAL HOSPITAL
This hospital houses retained military radiology services, and performs NHS elective
cross sectional scanning Breast screening.
The department has 3 general radiography rooms and a dedicated IVU room. There
is a digital angiographic suite and digital screening room. There is a spiral CT
scanner, 2 ultrasound rooms and 2 MR machines, one 1.5T and one 0.23T open
configuration. There is a Nuclear Medicine department with 3 gamma cameras.
Group Captain J H Kilbey Ultrasound and MRI.
Lt Colonel I Gibb General and musculoskeletal radiology.
BREAST SCREENING UNIT:
Dr Penelope Gordon Associate Director of Medical Education.
Dr AR Jackson
Dr M H McGuire
Dr A Parker
Radiology trainees are well catered for with access to a library containing teaching
films, books and journals as well as a shared offices containing full PACS workstations.
Prospective trainees are welcome to discuss their training and visit the department:
Dr Julian Atchley
Consultant Radiologist & Head of Training
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Queen Alexandra Hospital
Portsmouth PO6 3LY
Tel: 02392 286000 x5466 Sec: 02392 286000 x5737
Description of Posts
This post has been educationally approved for training by the Royal College of
Radiologists. The post is designed to provide supervised training and experience in
one or more specialty areas of radiology and, subject to satisfactory progression and
assessments, you may be considered for the granting of a certificate of completion of
training (CCT) by the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB).
There may be opportunities for more in-depth training / experience in areas of general
Radiology / Diagnostic Imaging.
Post fellowship course for SpR’s in Radiology – organised from Southampton.
A programme of postgraduate medical education in Wessex can be obtained from
the Wessex courses centre –
www.suht.soton.ac.uk/wessex_Courses/index.htm or Tel: 023 8079 6844
On-Call Arrangements at Portsmouth
Trainees are required to be on-call locally on a rota (currently a 1in 6), compliant with
EWTD. Full details of the on-call commitment have yet to be finalised.
Trainee Establishment at Portsmouth
SpR establishment of up to 10 (2 per year)
Additional Flexible Trainees
Trainee Establishment at Southampton
SpR establishment of up to 30 (6 per year)
2 Fellowship Posts- Neuroradiology
- Hepatobiliary Intervention
Additional Flexible Trainees
Organisation of Radiology Training in Portsmouth
This is a five year training programme leading to accreditation for the CCT by the Royal
College of Radiologists / PMETB. Courses are run for both parts of the FRCR by the
Wessex Radiology training scheme with contribution from Portsmouth staff. There are
well-equipped postgraduate medical centres at Queen Alexandra Hospital in the QUAD
centre and at the St Mary’s Hospital in the post graduate centre. There are educational
activities almost every day for all groups of graduates at all stages of their careers.
There are also departmental teaching sessions and conferences.
A programme of Postgraduate Medical Education in Wessex can be obtained from the
Postgraduate Centre Manager. The Library service is excellent with medical libraries
on both hospital sites. There is a wide range of books and journals housed there and a
photocopying service and there is access to world literature at very short notice.
Several journals are accessable on-line.
Study leave schemes, as laid down in the Terms and Conditions of Service, are fully
implemented (subject to Directorate approval and finance being available) and there
are courses held in all the major subjects leading to higher diplomas of Royal Colleges
and Faculties. You should be issued a copy of the Study Leave Guidelines on
appointment. The study leave budget is currently £550 per annum and is used for
course fees, travel and subsistence.
The training scheme is part of the Wessex Deanery, with a Radiology Specialty
Training Committee (STC), chaired by the Regional Postgraduate Adviser. This has
representatives from all the contributing hospitals. Two junior representatives from
Southampton and one from Portsmouth sit on this committee. There is also a Training
Sub-Committee for Radiology chaired by the Head of Training. In addition to the Head
of Training and the Regional Adviser, there are 2 College Tutors and 1
Year 5 subspecialty training will be organised on an individual basis and can be very
flexible and tailored to an individual trainee’s requirements following discussion with the
Training Committee and relevant trainers. Tuesday afternoons are allocated for
personal study and flexible training attachments.
There is a series of study sessions held on various aspects of the role of the
consultant, structure and function in the NHS etc. This is designed to supplement the
regional management course.
The Deanery is developing a training programme to address General Professional
Development of Specialist Registrars.
The organisation of training is the subject of a review with the aim to improve on the
currently successful programme and to bring it in line with College recommendations.
For any additional information, please contact:
Dr Julian Atchley, Head of Training, Portsmouth Radiology Training Scheme 02392
or to arrange a visit please contact
Mrs K Pinches or Mrs G Lillywhite 02392 286000 x5737