- There is strong support for the continuation of the north imaging alliance (NIA) across the six northern health boards involved in the network.
- Amongst members who responded to the survey, the main benefit of the NIA is the creation of networking and communication opportunities. The additional capacity provided by the mobile MRI project and an enhanced service provision were also highlighted as benefits.
- The most valued support provided by the NIA team were the opportunities for both networking and collaboration. Support for service improvement and project management was also seen as helpful.
- Respondents indicated that improving diagnostic imaging, reducing waiting times and improving cancer care are the main priorities for the NIA in both the short (1–2 years) and medium term (2–5 years).
What were we asked to look at
In August 2022 we published a review of the evidence on developing a successful radiology network. This informed the establishment of the NIA across six health boards in northern Scotland. As a follow-up, we were asked to conduct an objective survey of members of the NIA about the benefits of the network and to identify short- and medium-term priorities for the alliance.
Why is this important
The need for national and regional collaboration and coordination to achieve sustainable and resilient radiology services has been recognised at national level in Scotland. The NIA continues to support radiology services in the north of Scotland. The survey reported in this assessment will explore the benefits of the NIA to date and identify future priorities for the alliance over the next 5 years.
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