Health Education England has been accused by a medical royal college of making an “ill informed and ill conceived decision” by appointing a non-medic to a key role overseeing the training of radiologists in the North.

The Royal College of Radiologists said it had “unambiguously communicated” its disapproval to the national education and training body after it offered the post of head of the Yorkshire and the Humber School of Radiology to someone who “is not a radiologist and not medically qualified”. The candidate is a radiographer, the RCR said.

The college claimed it was not consulted about the appointment and there was no radiologist on the appointment panel. It said a suitably qualified and experienced consultant radiologist was interviewed for the post.

The statement said: “The RCR considers that only consultant radiologists have the skills and experience to command the respect of radiology trainees and trainers in this role.

“Radiology training and service delivery involve specific and complex challenges. The role… includes the management of issues including trainees in difficulty, trainers about whom concerns are raised, the interface with clinical departments including the provision of out of hours services, the management of reporting discrepancies, radiology service whistleblowing concerns and the provision of strategic leadership and planning.

“The RCR has unambiguously communicated in writing to HEE that the college does not support this appointment. We have requested an urgent meeting with the local postgraduate dean to explore how the damage caused by this ill informed and ill conceived decision can be limited.”

Professor Wendy Reid, medical director at HEE, said: “We are in receipt of a letter from the college flagging concerns which we will be responding to in due course.”