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About Us 18 December 2017

The Radiology Directorate has a patient centred approach to continuous 24/7 service delivery. We consistently deliver national targets of 5 weeks wait for all examinations as part of the national government target of 18 week pathway from referral to treatment for all patients.

The Radiology Directorate have an established track record of service re-design and transformation both at a local and national level, leading innovation in collaboration with health care partners to improve quality and clinical outcomes for patients. We have placed particular emphasis on improving systems and processes, enhancing the patient experience. The Directorate aims to achieve its priorities through the development of current staff, an increase in consultant establishment and further improvements in efficiency.

PACS is installed on all sites using Agfa Impax and HSS CRIS enabling all imaging to be stored and reviewed digitally. Order communications has been introduced, enabling electronic requesting for clinicians. Our vision is to create a paperless environment to maximise efficiency and deliver improved patient centred care.

A major strength of the Directorate is the high calibre dedicated staff who make up the Radiology team. The team is led by Radiology Clinical Director, Dr John Reynolds; General Manager, Steve Waller; and Operations Manager, Thomas Lowbridge and consists of 320 staff. This includes 28 radiologists, 130 radiographers, 14 Nurses and 70 clerical staff.

Development and expansion over a wide range of specialist services and a commitment to developing staff potential at all levels, makes us an attractive proposition for aspiring individuals keen to build a career in the field of radiology. The expertise amongst our Consultant Radiologist team and clear career structure for radiographic, nursing and ancillary staff provide an abundance of opportunities to learn and develop with the best.

We also support the training of Radiology Registrars on the West Midlands Training scheme and student radiographers on placement from Birmingham City University.


Site Base Information

Birmingham Heartlands Hospital (700+ beds)

Heartlands Hospital is based in the North East region of Birmingham  and services a diverse, multicultural population. It is a large site consisting of modern; state-of-the-art buildings purpose built to provide the highest possible quality of patient care and support services, Heartlands is the largest hospital at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust. There is a large Postgraduate Centre at this site which houses the Trust’s Faculty of Education as well as extensive library services.

The Hospital offers a highly extensive array of facilities and procedures for its patients and visitors. Heartlands Hospital has a large and busy Emergency department and offers a variety of acute care, including acute orthopaedic work with an emergency orthopaedic theatre operational 7 days a week. It is a regional centre for Thoracics, a regional renal centre, offers critical care and is the site of a large research facility.

The Radiology Department at this site has:

  • 2 CT scanners – 320 and 64 slice (operational 8am – 8pm with emergency scans provided from radiographers on site 24/7)
  • 2 MRI scanners (operational 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week)
  • Ultrasound
  • Gamma Camera with SPECT
  • Interventional Radiology (Flat plate floor mounted C-arm)
  • Cardiology
  • Floor mounted flat plate fluoroscopy Unit
  • State of the art Hybrid Theatre
  • 2 digital Radiology units, 3 Computerised Radiography and OPG
  • Mobiles and mobile c-arms
  • Bone Densitometry

Out of hours ED Radiography Arrangements:

  • 3 Radiographers 8pm – 8am (2 x band 5, 1 x band 6)
  • 3 Radiographers 8am – 8pm (2 x band 5, 1 x band 6)
  • 2 Radiographer 4pm – Midnight (2 x band 5, 1 x band 6))
  • 1 Radiographers 8am – 4pm (1 x band 5)



Good Hope Hospital (500+ beds)

Good Hope Hospital serves North Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield and a large part of south east Staffordshire, including Burntwood, Lichfield and Tamworth. The catchment population is about 450,000. The Hospital provides acute and general medicine and other specialist services including the Partnership Learning Centre, which is part-funded by the Medical School of the University of Birmingham. The Hospital’s education centre also includes a library. A diagnostic treatment centre is situated at this site and includes imaging services for plain film, mammography, ultrasound and bone densitometry.

The Radiology Department at this site has:

  • 2 CT scanners a 64 and 16slice (CT Head & Neck scans provided by radiographers on site 24/7)
  • 1.5T MRI scanner (operational 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week)
  • Ultrasound
  • Gamma Camera
  • Mammography
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Cardiology
  • Fluoroscopy
  • 1 Digital Radiography unit, 4 computerised radiography rooms and OPG
  • Mobiles and mobile c-arms
  • Bone Densitometry

Out of hours ED Radiography Arrangements:

  • 2 Radiographers 11pm – 7am (1 x band 5, 1 x band 6)
  • 2 Radiographers Noon – 8pm (1 x band 5, 1 x band 6)
  • 2 Radiographer 3pm – 11pm (1 x band 5, 1 x band 6)
  • 1 Radiographer 7am – 3pm (1 x band 5 or 6)


Solihull Hospital (230+ beds)

Solihull Hospital is based near to Solihull town centre and provides a range of outpatient, inpatient and emergency care services for its local community. It is also the regional centre for dermatology. A large portion of elective orthopaedic surgery takes place on this site. There is a postgraduate centre which also offers library services at this site.

The Radiology Department at Solihull Hospital has:

  • 120 slice CT scanner (CT Head & Neck scans provided by radiographers on site 24/7)
  • 1.5T MRI scanner (operational 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week)
  • Ultrasound
  • Mammography
  • Cardiology
  • Fluoroscopy
  • 1 Digital Radiography unit, 2 computerised radiography rooms and OPG
  • Mobiles and mobile c-arms
  • Bone Densitometry

Out of hours ED Radiography Arrangements:

  • 1 Radiographer 7.30pm – 8am
  • 1 Radiographer Noon – 8pm
  • 1 Radiographer 4pm – Midnight + on call from home for CT
  • 2 Radiographers 8am – 4pm


Birmingham Chest Clinic

Birmingham Chest Clinic is situated in the very heart of Birmingham city centre, and offers a series of specialist services to patients. The Clinic provides clinics in a variety of expert disciplines; Birmingham Chest Clinic is easily accessible and enjoys state of the art facilities.

The Radiology Department at Birmingham Chest Clinic has:

  • A Computerised Radiography Unit
  • A Mobile x-ray unit

This is a satellite unit that is generally manned with one Radiographer and a clerical officer, operating between 9am – 5pm. TB contact patients are encouraged to attend this site.