An experienced reporting radiographer has chosen to bring his skills to Rotherham as he takes up a unique post at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust.
Rob Milner is The Trust’s first ever consultant radiographer and will specialise in leading a team of reporting radiographers at Rotherham General Hospital. One of his first tasks will be to improve report turnaround times for plain film x-rays, ensuring that doctors and other clinicians can quickly assess and treat patients.
X-rays are performed in the radiology department at Rotherham Hospital and help diagnose a range of pathologies, such as fractures, arthritis, chest infections and some types of cancer.
Rob said, “I’m looking forward to the challenges of working within a busy department with forward thinking colleagues who are enthusiastic and keen to do things differently.”
Rob also has plans to ensure that his team’s work is reinforced by the latest evidence and best practice, commenting: “I want to show that we’re doing the right things, based on research and evidence. I hope this approach will mean patients have even more confidence in our skills and that we’re providing the right care for them.”
As part of his role, Rob hopes to introduce ‘hot reporting’ of plain film radiographs, which will help to further reduce errors and minimise the likelihood of patients having to reattend hospital, whilst also potentially reducing costs and improving quality.
Rob will also have an active role in the training and development of junior radiographers, highlighting, “Our staff are key to our success and without them we would not succeed in meeting the demands of the modern NHS; we must invest time and effort into their futures in order to guarantee that our patients are seen and treated by the best radiographers.”
Mark Buckley, Professional Lead and Service Manager, said he hopes Rob’s appointment boosts the good reputation of the radiology department and encourages other skilled clinicians to join the Trust. He said: “We are really proud to welcome Rob to The Rotherham Foundation Trust. His qualifications and expertise in reporting images will be incredibly useful. I hope his presence here will help with recruitment and retention of colleagues, which, like many other Trusts across the country, has been a challenge.
"His forward thinking, creative and adventurous attitude will help us attract more talented colleagues and that in turn will have a positive impact on the reputation of the Trust.”