The nuclear medicine technologist will see you now

Jasinskaa, Lidia, Marquis, Christopher ORCID logo ORCID: and Williams, Phillipa (2022) The nuclear medicine technologist will see you now. Nuclear Medicine Communications, 43 (5). pp. 577-623.

[thumbnail of Marquis_TheNuclearMedicine.pdf]
PDF - Published Version
Available under License CC BY-NC

Download (519kB) | Preview
Official URL:


Background: It has been estimated that an additional 3500 radiographers alone are needed over the next 5 years. Assistant Practitioners, Advanced Practitioners and Radiologists equals further 2500 positions. A major expansion in the imaging workforce is a must to fulfil the increasing demand for radiology services. Recruitment within existing radiology workforce and training in Nuclear Medicine had proven insufficient. Development of Apprenticeship for Nuclear Medicine degree at Cumbria University was essential. Registration with The Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) was guaranteed upon completion.

Methods used: Data analysis from the first University intake in 2017 through 2018, 2019 and the very challenging 2020 cohort of apprentices.
Assessment of the recruitment process including candidate background, experience and education.
Students’ journey and feedback from their degree level 6 studies.
Data for the number of graduating students across cohorts.
Retention data of newly qualified professionals in training departments.

Summary: Recruiting candidates internally, ensuring they have a healthcare experience, facilitate retention post qualification.
Fulfilment of University requirements regarding UCAS points proves to be a valuable tool to ensure studies completion.
UHS alone managed to recruit four candidates. Two already qualified with 1st hons degree and working at band 5 level and the other two are determined to progress within the profession upon graduation.

Conclusion: It had been proved that candidates with prior healthcare experience are more likely to successfully complete studies. They perform well within the role and progress guaranteeing retention. Structured training with university input ensured highly qualified workforce registered with AHCS.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Nuclear Medicine Communications
Publisher: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
ISSN: 1473-5628
Departments: Institute of Health > Medical Sciences
Additional Information: British Nuclear Medicine Society Spring Meeting 2022 abstract no. 31.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2023 09:25
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2024 13:52


Downloads per month over past year

Downloads each year

Edit Item