Date lodged: 12 June 2018
To ask the Scottish Government how many radiologists have been hired by NHS Fife following the recent recruitment drive; how many posts remain vacant, and what action is being taken to fill these vacancies.
Answered by: Shona Robison 20 June 2018
NHSScotland Boards are required to have the correct staff in place to meet the needs of the service and ensure high quality patient care. The Scottish Government works closely with Boards to support their efforts in staff recruitment.
NHS Fife have advised that as at 31st March, there were 10.7 WTE vacancies across all radiology sub specialisms.
The Scottish Government recognise that Radiology as a specialism is experiencing shortages both nationally and internationally. This is why, alongside the recruitment campaign, we have invested in increasing specialist training places, offering 10 extra radiology training places per year. Consultant staff and managers within NHS Fife continue to liaise with colleagues and the SE Deanery to identify potential candidates.
These discussions have resulted in the appointment of 1 Consultant in April 2018 and discussions are ongoing in respect of candidates who have, thus far, expressed an interest in working with NHS Fife as part of the international radiology recruitment campaign.