GMC Good Practice in Medical Education and Training - School of Radiology

Wednesday 25th March 2015

Chair Ben Rock
Case Study Date Wednesday 25th March 2015
Trust Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust


Peninsula Radiology Academy & Clinical Imaging Department
Grade of trainees Higher


1. Challenges and Origins - Why is this an area to share?

Training in Clinical Radiology in the South West is delivered via a central hub (the Peninsula Radiology Academy) and peripheral training centres around the South West Peninsula. Geography is a barrier to Consultants based in the peripheral training centres contributing to training centrally within the Peninsula Radiology Academy due to the travel times involved between centres. The challenge was to enable trainers within peripheral centres to contribute to training centrally within the Academy, whilst minimizing cost.


2. Brief illustration of the good practice/initiative - What is is about?

Videoconferencing provided a solution, eliminating travel time. The use of formal MDT videoconferencing facilities was precluded due to competition for IT resources with clinical MDT meetings. Free online videoconferencing solutions were therefore investigated. Whilst several products were trialled, WebEx provided the most successful solution: this is an on-line resource which enables virtual meetings to be scheduled, and resources to be shared via ‘screen sharing’. The basic user account is free. A consultant radiologist is therefore able to deliver Head and Neck radiology teaching sessions remotely by sharing (anonymised) radiology teaching resources on his computer with trainees at the Radiology Academy. Real time discussion is facilitated either by the integral audiolink provided by WebEx, or by a standard conference phone.


3. Evidence of impact - What is the impact on education and training? Can this be verified? How?

The intervention has allowed a Consultant within a peripheral hospital to deliver Head and Neck teaching sessions across the Peninsula remotely via the Peninsula Radiology Academy. The intervention is sustainable and cost-neutral: no travel time is involved, and the basic user account of the online resource (WebEx) is free. The training sessions have continued successfully for around 4 years to date and trainees have given positive feedback on their efficacy.

4. Limitation, implication and consideration - Can this be adopted elsewhere? Is there anything else that needs to be considered?

IT governance issues need to be considered if implementing remote training sessions: no patient information is used in teaching sessions, the sessions occur outside of the clinical environment to prevent inadvertent disclosure of patient confidential information, and all participants are aware that their comments may be heard remotely by other participants in a remote training centre.



Quality Managers:

Peninsula: Jane Bunce (


The Quality Team will review and update the quality register and report to the General Medical Council (GMC), as appropriate.