Professional development and research are being neglected: a commentary on the 2019 RCR radiologists’ supporting professional activities (SPA) survey

Owens, OJ, Goh, V, Hoggard, N , Booth, TC, Messiou, C, The, J, Plumb, A, Bidaut, Luc, Turmezei, Tom, Jethwa, KD, Robinson, P and Hall Craggs, M (2020) Professional development and research are being neglected: a commentary on the 2019 RCR radiologists’ supporting professional activities (SPA) survey. Clinical Radiology, 75 (5). pp. 348-350. ISSN 0009-9260

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crad.2020.03.001

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Abstract

When the National Health Service (NHS) acquired a statutory
duty of care for quality in 1998, clinical governance
became a mandatory and intrinsic part of modern medicine.
Defined as “a framework through which NHS organisations
are accountable for continuously improving the quality of
their services and safe-guarding high standards of care by
creating an environment in which excellence in clinical care
will flourish”,1 the vehicle for NHS consultants to enact
clinical governance was supporting professional activity
(SPA). All activities that underpin direct clinical care (DCC)
are encouraged during SPA time, including professional
development, research, audit, teaching, clinical management,
appraisal, and job planning.2,3 Adequate time for SPAs
alongside DCC is therefore crucial for NHS consultants to
maintain excellence in clinical care.3
The recently published Royal College of Radiologists
(RCR) Survey on Radiologists’ SPA4 has demonstrated three
recurring themes, which are widely recognised to be
growing concerns for our specialty.

Keywords:Radiology, Royal College of Radiologists, Radiologists Job Planning, Radiologists Professional Activity
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B820 Radiology
A Medicine and Dentistry > A300 Clinical Medicine
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:41174
Deposited On:19 Jun 2020 13:57

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