Year 1

As soon as you start in post you will be exposed and learning all aspects of radiology, however the main priorities for the year are:

FRCR 1A in March 2021

Plain film interpretation which should include a minimum 1000 plain films - 500 CXR and 500 MSK

Ultrasound skill with a minimum of 250 examinations completed during the year

Emergency CT interpretation to provide you the necessary knowledge and skills for on call commitments in ST2

Towards the end of first year you will undertake assessments in CXR, MSK plain film and emergency CT interpretation. Results from these assessments help provide you and your supervisors with a level of competence.

Success and Evidence from each of these areas will form part of the information necessary for successful ARCP at the end of the year.


Academy Trainees attend the Radiology Academy on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The Radiology Academy is the place of work for trainees on the 4 month Academy placement. This placement takes place 4 days a week and provides a comprehensive program of education delivered by NWSOR Lecturers and Consultant Radiologists. The aim of the program is to support the development of core knowledge and reporting skills in a wide range of radiology topics. There is an emphasis on plain film interpretation and emergency cross-section reporting to ensure trainees achieve the required level of skill for responsibilities in ST2. The teaching covers a wide range of radiology combining interactive lectures with case discussion. During the placement trainees review and report radiology images, discuss findings with tutors and present cases to peers. There will be regular assessments to monitor progress.

Academy Trainees attend the online ST1 program on Wednesdays (from home).

Teaching Programs. Details are found in the specific sections. Academy Program : Anatomy Program: Physics Program

Clinical supervisor and appraisals. During the placement Dr Sue Kearney is the clinical supervisor and responsible for appraisals. The initial appraisal will take place within a few weeks of starting at the Academy. The Academy administrator is Sam Truesdale.

Work based placed assessments. The cases reviewed during this placement should be added to your logbook. During the placement you will undertake a number of formal WBPA assessments required for your e-portfolio.

Rules and Guidance. Please read Conduct and Covid Guidance in Rules and Guidance section and Complete Conduct and Covid Form below


During your clinical placement you will spend most of your time, at least initially, shadowing senior colleagues. Ensure you make the most of this time. Seek out the opportunities available in your department to experience all aspects of radiology.

Clinical Trainees attend the online ST1 program on Wednesdays. You will be released from your department to allow you to attend these sessions which can be accessed from home.

Teaching Programs. Details are found in the specific sections. Anatomy Program: Physics Program

The aims and details of the program are outlined in the relevant sections.

Attendance at Wednesday teaching is mandatory throughout the year and takes priority over your clinical placement. You are required to complete an attendance form. If you cannot attend through annual or sick leave you must inform Sam Truesdale. See section on leave

If the teaching is cancelled for what every reason, or there is a gap in the program you are required to return to your clinical placement.


Annual Leave

Clinical placement. This is agreed locally by the TSTL in the relevant Radiology Departments. However you will need to inform Sam Truesdale of any Wednesday’s absences. Please try to avoid taking leave during the end of year assessments.

Academy placement: In the first instance submit your leave form to Sam Truesdale for Dr Sue Kearney to approve. A maximum of two trainees will be allowed off at any one time with a maximum of 2 weeks taken during placement period. Under exceptional circumstances this maybe relaxed. The Academy Leave form is a google form which can be found by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

Please complete and send to Sam Truesdale at Once your leave has been approved you will need to enter it onto your ESR, which will be signed off by Sam.

Sick Leave

Clinical placement. Follow local agreements. However you will need to inform Sam Truesdale if your sick leave falls on a Wednesday.

Academy placement. We follow Lead Employer rules. You will also need to inform Sam Truesdale on the first and last day of your sickness. Sam will enter this onto ESR, which is sent off to Lead Employer. On your return from sickness you will need to complete a Return to Work form with either Dr Kearney or Dr Paravasthu – it is your responsibility to make an appointment for this.

REMEMBER your personal leave record is an ARCP requirement

All leave (annual and sick) should be added to your personal leave record (you will find a copy on the NSWOR website and in the appendix), and uploaded to Kaizen.

If you fail to attend teaching without completing the appropriate leave form or contacting Sam Truesdale to let her know why you haven’t attended, this will be recorded in your e-portfolio as ‘non-attendance without agreement’.


The First FRCR exams comprises of two modules – Anatomy & Physics. This is aimed to test the knowledge learned over the year which you will apply in interpreting radiological studies. The exams are held on consecutive days in March. Please see link for exam dates:

RCR Examination Site

Obviously, the earlier you start preparing the better. We strongly suggest after New Year you start revising using past papers.

There are highly regarded revision courses which take place in Liverpool, sometime around January/February 2021 for both Anatomy and Physics. An overview of the exam content is found on radiology café.

Often ST2s will have books to hand down. They will also have links to a massive online cache of textbooks and past papers resources

Anatomy see specific section

Physics see specific section.


The Chest Xray: A survival guide (de Lacey et al)

Accident and emergency radiology: A survival guide (Raby et al)

If you have suggestions for resources please email

Clinical radiology in the NWSOR is based on the RCR radiology curriculum.

Training is tutorial and competency focused; assessed by regular work based assessments, appraisal and FRCR examinations. During the first 3 years, trainees obtain the knowledge and skills to achieve core competency to reflect a level of performance required by any radiologists performing acute imaging. In the subsequent 2 or 3 years of training a higher degree of expertise training to level 1 and 2 is obtained. Final FRCR is usually completed at the start of year 4 of training.

In addition, trainees have an annual review of competence progression (ARCP). To ensure satisfactory progression, trainees must satisfy the requirements for their eportfolio and submit the evidence requested. For more detailed information click ARCP to take you a youtube video and HEENW link

Health Education England (Working across the North West)

Health Education England (HEE) was established as part of the reforms under the Health and Social Care Act (2012). It took over the roles of Strategic Health Authorities and Deaneries regarding multi-professional workforce planning, education commissioning and education provision.

Its remit is to support the delivery of excellent healthcare and health improvement to the patients and public of England by ensuring that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the right numbers, skills, values and behaviours, at the right time and in the right place.

HEE works across the whole of England, and currently operates within thirteen local areas, grouped into four regions. The North West area is part of HEE North, and includes Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.

Postgraduate medical and dental training in the North West is led by the Postgraduate Dean, Professor Jane Mamelok, who is supported by Deputy Deans and Associate Deans. The Associate Dean for Radiology is Dr Fiona Clark.

Please click on HEENW to access more information from HEE including ARCP requirements.


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