Consultant Radiologist and Clinical Director for Radiology
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Stuart Williams has been a consultant radiologist since 2001 and is currently clinical director of a large radiology department at a teaching hospital. Earlier in his time as a consultant he was heavily involved in the establishment of a radiology academy in Norwich, a project which sought both to increase training numbers of doctors in radiology and also look at how that training could be delivered in new and more effective ways. As clinical director, he has spent time explaining to clinical and management colleagues how improvements in the local imaging infrastructure can benefit clinical pathways in terms of triage, patient flow and clinical decision making. The Trust strategy which emerged from this has seen significant inward investment into imaging services within the hospital.
As cost pressures mount over the next few years, the use of capital-intensive resources of the kind that populate radiology units will come under increasing scrutiny. Evidence-based imaging practice is key in defining best practice. However, it needs to be taken in the context of reduced time frames for clinical decision making, changes in postgraduate career experience in clinical disciplines, the need to avoid admission to an acute unit unless absolutely necessary and the expectations of patients and their families. Starting a debate within the profession about where imaging adds most value to the health economy is important in guiding how services can be rationalised. On a personal level, Stuart feels the need to gain a different perspective than the one that one develops within his own medical discipline. As a Fellow, he will increase the profile of NICE and the methodologies it employs with radiology communities nationally and within Europe. On a local level he wants to use the time to build links between imaging services and university health economic programs.
This page was last updated: 23 March 2010