The Oxford AHSN Imaging Clinical Network consists of multiple radiology departments providing scanning services using multiple manufacturers and scanning protocols. This is particularly the case in cancer imaging. This situation could lead to wide variation in access, activity, outcomes and costs among radiology service providers within the Oxford AHSN region.
To understand the status of radiological services, to deliver a vision of consistent high quality scanning across the network and to enable region-wide image review and audit, it is necessary to create an imaging network willing to work in collaboration and partnership to share knowledge and expertise as well as mutual support.
Our priorities are to:
- increase imaging data access across the Oxford AHSN region
- achieve faster referral to treatment times for lung cancer
- demystify diagnostic procedures through patient videos
- optimise the prostate MRI pathway
- improve the accuracy and speed of cancer diagnoses
- refine clinical diagnostic skills
- recruit to research studies.
The Imaging Clinical Network has had strong engagement and encouragement from its partner hospitals, radiology departments and clinicians. It has developed links with new stakeholders – including the Royal College of Radiologists, Cancer Research UK, East Midlands Radiology Consortium (EMRAD) and commercial partners.
More recently it has started to engage proactively with the Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West.