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Clin Radiol. 2013 May;68(5):e239-44. doi: 10.1016/j.crad.2012.10.016. Epub 2012 Dec 20.

Workload of consultant radiologists in a large DGH and how it compares to international benchmarks.

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Radiology Department, East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Blackburn, UK. shah.khan@elht.nhs.uk

Abstract

AIM:

To measure radiologist workloads in a UK radiology department using relative value units (RVUs), and compared these data to current international standards from Australia and Ireland.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Data on reporting throughput was gathered for 13.5 whole-time equivalent (WTE) consultants at the DGHs of East Lancashire Hospitals Trust (ELHT) between April 2010 to March 2011. RVUs were assigned to the reported imaging studies to create a crude RVU/WTE score. This was compared to benchmarks from Australia and results from a similar study in Ireland. Time spent on teaching, multidisciplinary teams, and administration was factored in to create a net RVU/WTE score, more accurately assessing workload.

RESULTS:

Radiologists in ELHT reported 110,315 imaging studies, producing a total of 649,617 RVUs. Crude reporting workloads were 48,119.78 RVUs/WTE, and net workloads were 83,674.00 RVUs/WTE (with consultants spending 42.49% of their time on non-reporting commitments). These crude and net workloads are far above the Australian maximum reporting benchmark of 45,000 RVUs.

CONCLUSION:

The workload is much higher than international benchmarks, indicating high-quality service and excellent value for money, but also highlights understaffing. Foreign RVU systems do not accurately reflect current UK practices and a UK-specific RVU system should be developed to assess staffing and analyse performance.

PMID:
23261034
DOI:
10.1016/j.crad.2012.10.016
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