National accolade for MRI radiography team
The 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
The MRI team collected the award last week at the House of
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
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.