The Yorkshire Imaging Collaborative (YIC) is a transformation programme across the six WYAAT Trusts and three regional partner Trusts (Hull University Hospitals NHS Trust, North Lincolnshire & Goole NHS Foundation Trust and York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), enabled by technology.
It will provide a joined up radiology service across the hospitals that is responsive to the needs of patients. By adopting a common imaging platform and working together, we can deliver on-demand availability of patient images and reports at the point of care.
The Programme is split into two parts; Technology and Transformation. The Technology Programme has recently completed it aim to migrate all the majority of trusts from existing radiology picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) to one, joined-up system, reducing variation and standardising pathways. Doing this will help to develop a new way of working which will be more effective and efficient. The Transformation Programme will then enable connectivity of all the YIC trusts, to allow for image and workflow sharing.
More information on both the Technology and Transformation Programmes can be found in this presentation.
The Committee in Common approved the Transformation Programme Case for Change in August 2017. Radiology staff across YIC were invited to take part in workshops to address common ways of working, more efficient processes and how shared core services would work. The workshops were extremely well supported by all of the hospitals and generated a wide range of ideas for improved ways of working; some of which are now key workstreams within the Programme.
Clinicians across the trusts are now getting together on a regular basis to form Special Interest Groups, which will look to standardise pathways, protocols and policies across the collaborative.
The YIC was allocated £6.1m capital funding to connect PACS across WY&H and to develop new ways of working and image reporting across the WYAAT hospitals.
This programme of work is led by Cindy Fedell and managed by Gary Cooper. The Clinical Lead for the Programme is Dan Fascia and the Radiographer Lead is Penny Dutton. The Technology Programme is managed by Janine Bontoft.
The YIC held their first Radiographer's Study Day on Saturday 1st February 2020. The theme of the day was Plain Film and included 8 talks presented by colleagues across the YIC network. A copy of the event brochure is available here.
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