The Peninsula Radiology Academy delivers RITI through state of the art IT suites, skills labs and lecture theatres (utilising audiovisual links). Consultant radiologists provide lectures and lead seminars. E-learning is made available and is structured alongside the didactic teaching and use of textbooks and equipment.
Trainees are taught in the use of Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) in the Academy and use it to report on cases- initially supervised by senior colleagues, followed by independent reporting by the start of their second year.
The Peninsula Radiology Academy is a superb facility that enjoys excellent clinical input and leadership. We are very proud of the Peninsula training scheme and the Academy's role in delivering it.
An Academy trainee's time is divided between training in the Academy setting described above, and clinical placements at some of the region's hospitals; Plymouth, Exeter, Truro and Torbay. Information about each of the Imaging Departments can be found below.
Each cohort of trainees is split into two groups. Whilst one group is on clinical placement the other is in the Academy. During the first term the two groups making up year one rotate weekly- with the whole group coming together for Physics training in the Academy once a week. Subsequently the groups rotate monthly. The link below gives an example of the academic timetables for years one, two and three trainees.
Each year a trainee's clinical placement is likely to change in order to provide maximum exposure to a range of clinical sub-specialties and procedures. Due to this trainees will need to be flexible in their approach to the training scheme and their working locations. As the Academy is a 'constant' through their first three years of training, the trainees' base will be considered to be the Academy in Plymouth.
In years four and five trainees spend nine months in clinical placements to develop their practical skills in a patient environment. This is supported by the availability of the Academy as an ongoing resource for e-learning, peer group work, research etc.
The Electronic Learning Database is an integrated learning environment that covers all aspects of radiology practice and supports trainees through access to tutors, mentors and collaboration tools. For access to a sample ELD session please click on the link below: