Referring your patient for imaging: For GPs and medical doctors

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This course is essential for all medical referrers, including primary (GPs) and secondary care referrers, dentists and others.

This course has been accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) until 19 July 2024, and provides 1 CPD credit in accordance with the CPD Scheme of The Royal College of Radiologists.

Medical imaging such as X-ray and CT use ionising radiation, and so it is crucial that all referrers who refer patients for imaging understand the risks of radiation and what information is needed in a referral to enable the radiology department to process the referral and justify or authorise the exposure to radiation.

The course will enable all medical referrers to fulfil their responsibilities safely, effectively, and in compliance with relevant laws and regulations. This course provides an essential resource to provide important guidance to accompany their on-the-job training to ensure compliance with Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations (IR(ME)R) and patient safety.

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About the course

It comprises approximately 30 minutes of narrated video content divided into digestible short chunks, together with test questions throughout and an assessment at the end, awarding a CPD certificate. The course should take a total of 1 hour to complete.  Footage includes illustrations, animations, live action, and recorded interviews.

The course is comprehensive, written by some of the UK’s foremost radiation safety professionals working in clinical settings, peer reviewed, and with contributions from leading experts. It uses proven educational techniques to make it engaging and memorable and it is designed to be relevant to the practical needs of busy professionals.

The content has been adapted from Radiation Safety 2021, which was written by Sue Baillie (Chief Radiographer St George's University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London) and Bruce Walmsley (Consultant Clinical Scientist and Radiation Protection Adviser, St George's University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London).


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Course sections

Section 1: Radiation Protection Essentials
Section 2: Legislation controlling use of X-rays — Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations IR(ME)R
Section 3: Patient pathway—Referral to Report


Course Contributors

Course Directors:

Helen Hughes (Head of Quality & Governance Radiology, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board)
Elly Castellano (Medical Physicist, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust)

Expert Panel:

Amanda Webster (Radiation Safety/QA Lead, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)
Cristiona Logan (Governance Lead Radiographer, Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland)


Steve Ebdon-Jackson (Consultant, Regulation of Medical Exposures)
James Taylor (HM Principal Specialist Inspector (Radiation), FOD Radiation Team, HSE)
Amy Eccles (Consultant Radiologist, Nuclear Medicine, Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London)
Christine Peacock (Radiology Services Manager, Royal Brompton Hospital, London


Standard: £65.99
BIR members: £55.99

Prices are for a 12 month licence to view video content and complete the test. The course transcript, user notes and CPD certificate can be downloaded and kept indefinitely.

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