North Radiology Alliance
Status in Scotland
- The available evidence relating to factors required for a successful radiology network was limited to guidance documents and websites.
- Radiology network leaders in England described multiple benefits of setting up a radiology network. Key benefits of the network approach were image sharing, joint procurement, sharing of best practice and insourcing. Radiology network leaders in England reported that key enablers to a successful network were:
- wide and early engagement, ensuring equity of network members, transparency and building trust
- creation of a dedicated core management team with dedicated leadership
- digital capability
- programme management support
- clear governance.
- Network leaders agreed that workforce culture was an important consideration in the development of their radiology networks. Cultural factors considered important were:
- a collaborative culture of transparency and trust
- shared goals and understanding
- establishing a distinct brand for the network
- widespread and early engagement with the right people
- sharing best practice
- giving all network members an equal voice.
- Scottish experts agreed with the factors described by English network leaders and in addition highlighted that the existing culture of collaboration in Scotland will pave the way for network working. Awareness of existing alliances, local identity and local systems and processes will be important. Inequities as a result of social and geographic factors should also be considered.
What were we asked to look at
SHTG has been asked to advise on the key features necessary for a successful radiology network in the north of Scotland.
Why is this important
SHTG will seek to capture the experience of the English radiology networks to identify key features for success and lessons learned, with particular focus on the value of the implementation guide to establish and run sustainable and resilient networks.
NHS Scotland North Regional Team