Radiotherapy is the treatment of cancer with ionising radiation, and can be used as the main form of treatment instead of surgery or in conjunction with the surgical removal of tumours. It is also used in combination with chemotherapy in an attempt to maximise the effect on the tumour tissue.
Nuclear medicine is the use of radioactive substances for treating, diagnosing, and monitoring the effects of therapies for cancer patients, and investigating various other medical conditions including heart, and kidney disease. Both treatments and diagnoses involve administering radiopharmaceuticals.
Diagnostic radiology is a method of finding out what is wrong with a patient by seeing through the affected part of their body using X-rays. Radiation Protection is the name given to work that ensures any exposure to ionising and non-ionising radiation is reduced as low as reasonably practicable.
Clinical Engineering refers to the development, use, on-going support, and maintenance of technology for diagnosing, aiding or treating patients. It covers a very wide range of devices used in healthcare.
Rehabilitation engineering is the clinical application of engineering to provide services, research, and development to assist people with disabilities. In general, assistive devices are used as aids to mobility and communication.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a form of medical imaging that produces high quality pictures of tissues and organs within the human body without subjecting patients to harmful radiation.
Non-ionising radiation (NIR) is a term used to encompass all electromagnetic radiation where individual photons do not have enough energy to ionise atoms. Medical Ultrasound, the use of high frequency sound waves, is also non-ionising.
Computers are an important and integral part of many areas of modern clinical activity. Computer-based medical devices are used in fields such as digital radiology, radiotherapy planning and delivery, nuclear medicine and physiological measurement.
Miscellaneous workforce resources such as the Workforce Intelligence baseline report, guidance on topics such as ESR, the national shortage occupation list and the impact of Brexit.
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:
- Advise on policy.
- Decision makers such as Higher Education England and the National Shortage Occupation List need such data, often at short notice. The information could prove particularly important for a possible future reviews of NHS healthcare science.
- Inform our members.
- The data is available for our members to use to help them influence local, regional, or national decisions.
- Shape IPEM’s own work.
- The Unit’s work improves our knowledge and understanding of the sector and helps form policies and priorities.
How is access to the data controlled?
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.
If you wish to request specific data from the workforce intelligence team that cannot be found in the workforce intelligence resources, click below to submit a request.
Non Member Contribution to Workforce Data
If you are not an IPEM member but are running a department, and would like to help IPEM collect workforce data, we need your consent to contact you.
We may ask you to participate in a survey to obtain workforce and vacancy numbers, on behalf of your organisation, or to canvas opinion on workforce and training related matters.