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Ways to minimise risks associated with radiological exposure 

Date:  23 May 2018

Presenter: Dr. Tricia Woodhead BM MBA FRCR, Associate Director, Patient Safety West of England Academic Health Science Network and Visiting Senior Research Fellow, University of Bath School of Management

Track 3: Patient safety

What our Participants say...

"This webinar has enlightened me on the effects of radiography, and the need to explore all other options that can be used to get the same information rather than using radiograph as the first option. I most enjoy the presenter’s mastery of the subject matter. I enjoyed the webinar."

Nnenna Ezeokafor
Public Health Specialist, Nigeria


"The webinar showed practical application of improvement work. I found the applicability of a model for improvement most interesting. Excellent presentation Tricia. Thank you for taking the time to share your expertise.”

Kimberley Fitzpatrick
Service Development Manager, Australia

About the Webinar

This one hour session will explore the evidence and the ways to reduce radiation exposure to patients while providing safe, effective and efficient clinical care. Imaging is a key component of diagnosis, on going treatment as well as screening for disease in every healthcare system. The increasing sophistication of imaging equipment as well as the wider understanding of the impact that diagnostic and interventional procedures can have on the outcome and experience for patients is widely known.
We will discuss the risks to patients at every step in the journey from symptoms to successful treatment and share systematic ways to review and rethink clinical activities and department designs. The aim is always to reduce the risks inherent in any radiological exposure to the absolute minimum and ensure safe, effective and efficient delivery of compassionate care.

Learning Objectives
1. Explore the international work on imaging wisely and using imaging to support effective clinical practice
2. Gain an understanding of systematic approaches to improving a departments approach to ensure safer imaging systems including reducing repeats, safe protocols and equipment utilisation, reporting approaches, closed loop communications to ensure the information gets to the right place, right person and as fast as possible.
3. Hear about resources to support a team working to make their use of radiation more effective and as safe as possible
4. Learn about structures and system wide approaches to ensuring radiological exposure is well utilised and where ever evidence supports alternative and safe approaches these are available and delivered.

Intended Audience

The session is particularly suitable for physicians in imaging services whether diagnostic or therapeutic, technologists in these services as well as hospital management or leaders who wish to gain a sound overview of the issues and the solutions available. The delivery of a high- quality imaging service or radiotherapy service is a team effort where common aims and approaches to safe effective care across all professionals and managers is critical.


About the Presenter

Dr Tricia Woodhead has a 24-year career as a Consultant in General and Paediatric Radiology in the NHS. She has an MBA and spent 12 years as senior physician leader and hospital medical executive. She is a Health Foundation and Institute for Healthcare Improvement Quality Improvement Fellow and leads local, regional and national collaboratives to improve safety and quality of care. From 2013-16 she was Patient Safety Advisor to the Royal College of Radiologists London UK. Her current role is as Associate Director for Patient Safety at the West of England Academic Health Science Network and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bath where her work covers teaching improvement and leadership for patient safety and person-centred care through workshops, collaboratives and on-line learning courses.