Pathology and radiology form the core of many medical diagnoses, which in turn dictate appropriate patient management and treatment decisions. These diagnostic services are critical to effective patient care. Last month, the Department of Health and Social Care announced that the NHS would prioritise early cancer detection by rolling out new Rapid Diagnostic Centres across the country, and increasing the number of reporting radiographers by 2021.1
However, trusts are under constant pressure to provide patient-centred and clinically-led services around the clock. Hospitals operate 24-hours a day and, due to new technologies, work processes are expected to continue over a 24-hour cycle. The processes of setting up and running a laboratory, and of providing pathology reporting services and radiology reporting services, takes many resources, the most vital being human resources.
Chief Inspector of Hospitals Professor Ted Baker highlighted the pressures on