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National accolade for MRI radiography team

Radiography awardThe vascular access service provided by the interventional radiology team at Manchester Royal Infirmary has been named North West Radiography Team of the Year by The Society of Radiographers.

The MRI team collected the award last week at the House of Commons.

The award was in recognition of the team's successful vascular access service which was set up in response to high demand at the MRI.  A decision was taken to delegate some of this work to a team of radiographers/nurse and an in-house training package was developed to support this initiative.

The team is now well established and currently consists of four radiographers.  Establishing this advanced practice has increased capacity and flexibility.  Rooms are used to full capacity and the initiative frees up consultant radiologists to take on more complex procedures.

The service has proved to be very efficient, with a high technical success rate and a low complication rate.  The team is now very experienced and undertakes approximately 400 procedures a year.

In addition to the procedures, the team is also responsible for organising the lists, including vetting and prioritising the referrals, and preparing patients.  Close links have been set up with referrers.  The overall aim is to provide a timely and flexible service.  There has been much positive feedback from patients and service users.