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Training

For Trusts implementing a targeted lung health check, it’s important that all professionals involved are properly qualified. Below you’ll find all the key information about they qualifications, training and experience requirements for radiologists and lung health check nurses.

1. BACKGROUND

All clinical staff (specifically Radiologists and Lung Health Check Nurses) are to be qualified to the required standard, participating in appropriate training, and committed to ongoing professional development.

2. REQUIREMENTS – RADIOLOGISTS

i. Minimum Qualifications

  • Degree in medicine recognised by the General Medical Council (GMC)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR)
  • Attendance at British Society of Thoracic Imaging (BSTI) accredited ‘Lung Nodule Workshop’

ii. Skills and Experience

  • Experience in reporting thoracic CTs (minimum 500 per year)
  • Experience running local lung cancer MDTs

iii. Training: BSTI accredited ‘Lung Nodule Workshop’ (six CPD credits)

Course content:

  • BTS nodule management guidelines
  • Nodule measurement
  • How to avoid unnecessary recall for repeat CT
  • When to send patients to MDT
  • Nodule volumetry
  • Nodule reporting and feedback
  • How to use lung nodule malignancy calculators
  • Mock nodule multidisciplinary team meeting

Cost: £250 (approx.)
Completion: Classroom based
Schedule: Leeds 16/09/19, and London 13/11/19
Further Details: www.bsti.org.uk/training-and-education

Please email Laura Holland Programme Support Manager at NHS England to register expressions of interest.

Training: Good Clinical Practice

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is the international ethical, scientific and practical standard to which all clinical research is conducted.

Compliance with GCP provides public assurance that the rights, safety and wellbeing of research participants are protected and that research data are reliable.

Cost: Free
Completion: Online Self-study
Further Details: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/our-research-community/clinical-research-staff/learning-and-development/national-directory/good-clinical-practice/our-courses/

3. REQUIREMENTS – LUNG HEALTH CHECK NURSES

i. Minimum Qualifications

  • Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Listed on the National Spirometry Register
  • Certificate of Completion – British Thoracic Oncology Group (BTOG) endorsed ‘Communicating with high-risk individuals about lung cancer screening’ course

ii. Skills and Experience

  • Knowledge of cancer and lung health

iii. Training: National Spirometry Registered

Course Content (e-Spirometry):

  • Compilation or creation of protocols
  • Cleaning and calibration logs ensuring safety of the patient
  • Checking for contraindications
  • Preparation of the equipment to ensure accuracy

Cost: £225
Completion: Online self-study
Further Details: www.clinicalscience.org.uk/artp-spirometry-booking

Training: Communicating with High-Risk Individuals

Course content:

  • LDCT screening and specific needs of high-risk population
  • Lung Health Check approach to offering LDCT screening
  • Smoking cessation
  • Communicating risk-based eligibility and ineligibility for LDCT screening
  • Preparing individuals for the different possible LDCT screening results
  • Supporting individuals after LDCT screening

Cost: Free
Completion: Online self-study

Please email Laura Holland, laura.holland8@nhs.net for more information

Training: Good Clinical Practice

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is the international ethical, scientific and practical standard to which all clinical research is conducted.
Compliance with GCP provides public assurance that the rights, safety and wellbeing of research participants are protected and that research data are reliable.

Cost: Free
Completion: Online Self-study
Further Details: https://www.nihr.ac.uk/our-research-community/clinical-research-staff/learning-and-development/national-directory/good-clinical-practice/our-courses/

Training: IRMER Practitioner

e-IRMER is an interactive online training resource supporting the training of NHS and other healthcare professionals who work with patients undergoing ionising radiation medical exposures.

Cost: Free
Completion: Online Self-study
Further Details: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/ionising-radiation-medical-exposure-regulations/