Health Education England has said it will re-run the appointment process for the head of Yorkshire and the Humber School of Radiology after the appointment of a radiographer led to complaints by a medical royal college.
Earlier this month, the Royal College of Radiologists accused HEE of making an “ill informed and ill conceived decision” by appointing the non-medic to the role.
Following a meeting between the college and the local team, Professor Wendy Reid, HEE’s medical director, carried out a review of the issues.
She said HEE would re-run the process and accepted the education and training body should have involved the college.
She said: “It is clear that while our internal processes were followed and the candidate appointed is of the highest calibre, HEE should have involved the college from the very start of this appointment process. We have agreed that the best course of action now is to re-run the appointment process, in collaboration with the college, providing them, the wider profession and local trainees the assurances that they require.
“HEE is clear that multi-professional learning can deliver the best learning environments and remains committed to making the best appointment for all our heads of schools, recognising that different skills and knowledge can deliver excellent education and training to meet trainees’ and patients’ needs in a modern NHS. I will be writing to the college shortly to establish the next steps.”
The college said it was not consulted about the appointment of the radiographer and objected to the fact there was no radiologist on the appointment panel. A suitably qualified and experienced consultant radiologist was interviewed for the post, it said.
A spokesman for the royal college said: “The college welcomes this news and is happy to offer its cooperation with this new appointment process. The [college] recognises the importance of team working across the multidisciplinary and multi-professional workforce.
“We welcome initiatives to develop multi-professional training opportunities where these can be shown to add value and improve the training for the whole workforce, leading to improved services for patients.”