IPEM’s Workforce Intelligence Unit provides accurate data on the UK medical physics and engineering sectors, for the benefit
of both the profession and patients. IPEM is uniquely well placed to collect and interpret this data from a complex workforce landscape, across the UK.
The Unit comprises the Workforce Intelligence Manager, Jemimah Eve, along with the Workforce Intelligence Administrator, Adam Hyett, and reports to the Professional and Standards Council.
Data, surveys, reports and guidance notes from the WIU are available on our members' pages
Why do we need accurate workforce data?
High-quality data is vital to ensuring the right decisions are made on issues such as training, recruitment, staffing and services. The Unit was set up in 2013 to meet a widely recognised lack of comprehensive data in this area. The information we collect is used to:
We are currently working on supporting our members through the Coronavirus outbreak, if there is something you think we could help with please let us know by email to Jemimah@ipem.ac.uk (Workforce Intelligence Manager) or Adam@ipem.ac.uk (Workforce Intelligence Administrator).
STP Curriculum Review
The STP curriculum review is getting underway and IPEM were asked to provide a representative to sit on each review panel.
The workforce unit has put out STP Curriculum Review surveys for Radiotherapy, Radiation Protection, Diagnostic Radiology and Imaging with Non-ionising Radiation, along with the recent Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy census surveys to gain members views.
The surveys for comments are now closed and we are in the process of forming IPEM's position and appointing representatives for IPEM to sit on the review panel for Radiotherapy/Diagnostic Radiology and Radiation Protection.
We are also looking for members interested in sitting on the Magnetic Resonance/Ultrasound and the Nuclear Medicine review panels as IPEM representatives. We don't currently have much information on the meetings for these yet but if this sounds like something you might be interested in for either of the panels, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are conducting the biannual census of the Nuclear Medicine Workforce.
The 2019 Nuclear Medicine Workforce Census is now closed for comments as we are collating the data to produce the workforce report. You can view the currently publish data on our Nuclear Medicine Resources members page, here.
We are conducting the biannual census for the Radiotherapy Workforce.
The 2019 Radiotherapy Workforce Census is now closed for comments as we are collating the data to produce the workforce report. You can view the currently publish data on our Radiotherapy Resources members page, here.
Upcoming Planned Workforce Surveys
Visit the members' pages for results of mapping and surveys.
NHS England and Wales recently updated the ESR coding for healthcare science staff. The new codes are much more detailed than before and an important opportunity to collect better workforce data. To ensure the new codes are applied consistently, the Unit worked with heads of department to produce guidance notes. Visit the members' pages for more information and guidance notes.
A confidential way to report any workforce changes that could threaten service delivery, such as band downgrading or non-replacement of staff. The aim is to develop a nationwide picture of any concerns, with which to address senior officials, if necessary. We do not intercede in individual cases.
All information collected is treated in strict compliance with the Data Protection Act. We also recognise other confidentiality issues. Some of our information is being made available to IPEM members only, at least in the first instance. You can view our Data Usage Policy here.
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