Statements and Notices

Advice note on in-house software for Nuclear Medicine

This document provides advice for organisations and employees engaged in the development of software within departments providing nuclear medicine services within the UK. This guidance has been produced by the Nuclear Medicine SIG, and reviewed by Clinical and Scientific Computing SIG, and endorsed by the British Nuclear Medicine Society (BNMS) Professional Standards Committee.

Clinical Imaging Board guidance on imaging equipment from procurement to installation and commissioning: The role of the medical physicist

The procurement, installation and commissioning of imaging equipment requires a multidisciplinary team approach. This guidance is written by IPEM experts in medical imaging physics on behalf of the Clinical Imaging Board.

IPEM statement on the Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering workforce

IPEM statement on the Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering workforce, the challenges around establishment and recruitment, and calls for specific actions to be taken

Scientific Safety Advice to Magnetic Resonance Imaging Units that Undertake Human Imaging

An effective framework for the provision of safety advice in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is essential for the safety of patients, visitors and staff. This policy statement is issued by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) to address the provision of Magnetic Resonance (MR) scientific safety advice to MR units that undertake human imaging in the UK.

The role of the Clinical Scientist in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The policy statement focuses on key elements of the role where MR clinical scientists contribute to the safe, effective and efficient delivery of high-quality MRI services. MR clinical scientists are also important for improving and developing MRI services and such roles require both senior leadership within MR physics departments and sufficient scientific staffing levels.

Position statement on NHS England’s 9,000 attendances per linac benchmark

This statement sets out IPEM's concerns regarding the NHS England Service Specification for Adult External Beam Radiotherapy Services requiring an average of 9,000 attendances per linear accelerator (linac) within all radiotherapy departments, and an increase of this figure by 15% over three years.

Clinical Imaging Board guidance on MRI provision for cauda equina syndrome

The guidance acknowledges the recommendations from the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) report which highlighted the continued clinical risks to patients from the poor provision of MRI services for cauda equina syndrome.

Guidance for health institutions on in-house manufacture and use, including software (2nd Ed.)

An IPEM expert working group has produced an updated second edition of the 'Best practice guidance for the in-house manufacture of medical devices and non-medical devices, including software in both cases, for use within the same health institution'. This includes a much expanded annex on software.

Radiotherapy Board Statement on Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability

The Radiotherapy Board, of which IPEM is a member, believes radiotherapy can play a part in addressing the challenges of climate change.

Policy Statement: Medical Physics Expert Support for Nuclear Medicine

This document sets out recommendations for adequate levels of medical physics expert (MPE) and broader physics support to run a safe nuclear medicine service and defines the responsibilities of these staff for a range of clinical nuclear medicine services.

Position Statement: The Impact of Extended Clinical Hours on a Radiotherapy Physics Service, 2020 update

This report reviews the arrangements for the management of Physics staff and Departmental equipment resources to enable optimal patient throughput given best practice safety standards and treatment techniques.

Advice Notice: Production and sharing of software in a medical context

including spreadsheets, scripting and functional documents