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.
Its aim is to provide a joined-up radiology service across the hospitals that is responsive to the needs of patients.
The Programme is split into two parts; Technology and Transformation.
The Technology Programme has recently launched new software which allows the 7 connected hospitals to have instant access to patient images and reports, regardless of where that image was originally taken. With demand on departments only increasing in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, this new technology enables the connected hospitals, which collectively cover a patient population of over 3 million, to diagnose patients who are transferred between sites at a much quicker rate than was previously possible.
Patients will also benefit from this new technology as, in some cases, it will reduce the number of scans a patient needs, lowering the amount of radiation they receive, as well as the number of visits the patient needs to make to hospital.
The Technology Programme has also almost completed its aim to join up the majority of the trusts’ Radiology ‘Picture Archiving and Communication Systems’ (PACS), allowing them to share imaging and reports almost instantaneously (on a read only basis) onto one network-wide PACS, reducing variation, standardising pathways and making all information assessible in one place across the region. Doing this will help to develop a new way of working which will be more effective and efficient between hospital sites.
The Transformation Programme will then focus on regional image and workflow sharing, using workforce more innovatively to meet demand.
More information on both the Technology and Transformation Programmes can be found in this presentation.
The WYAAT Committee in Common approved the Transformation Programme Case for Change in August 2017. Radiology staff across YIC were then 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, where appropriate.
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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