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Radiographers at Leicester’s Hospitals recognised as team of the year at national awards
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Press release date06/03/2019
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The post-mortem imaging (PMI) team at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has been named as the UK and Midlands Radiography Team of the Year by the Society of Radiographers, the professional body for radiographers in the UK.
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The award recognise the dedication made by the team whilst developing their pioneering medical imaging autopsy service over the past 15 years, based on research conducted in the city.

With no referrals being refused, the PMI team were vital to the trust being able to launch the first local authority funded service to replace invasive autopsy with post-mortem computed topography (PMCT) scan for coronial investigations. The trust has one of the largest hospitals and public mortuaries in the UK, so demand is high. 

The PMCT service was launched in 2015 and required independent funding from families. Following discussions with Leicester City Council and HM Senior Coroner for Leicester City and South Leicestershire, the new approach is now standard practice and is unique to Leicester.  It enables the pathologists to decide on the most suitable type of investigation for each individual.  The least invasive approach, including using PMCT instead of traditional post mortem, is taken whenever possible, at no cost to the bereaved families and without an impact on clinical services.

Professor Bruno Morgan, Radiology Research Lead at Leicester’s Hospitals, said: “Without the dedication and selflessness of the team, it would not have been possible to provide the post-mortem imaging services the trust now offers.

“The team members have consistently gone above and beyond what should be expected, including cancelling personal plans, staying late after completing a normal working day, and giving up annual leave to finish a case.

“The level of dedication demonstrates their appreciation of the need to help the families involved and the important of this work.”

As recognition of their amazing achievement, a plaque has been fixed in the angiography corridor at the Royal Infirmary which was officially unveiled by Non-Executive Director Colonel (retired) Ian Crowe.

In addition to the important work the PMI team do at Leicester’s Hospitals, they also share their experience with other NHS trusts, providing training advice and consultation, as well as lecturing with the MSC course on post-mortem imaging and present at conferences and study days.  


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What is post-mortem computed topography?

Working in partnership, the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) departments of Radiology and Pathology and HM Coroner for Leicester City and South Leicestershire,  is a new approach to replacing adult invasive autopsies with post mortem computed tomography (PMCT) scans.


The service is based on 15 years of research undertaken by UHL and the University of Leicester.  Techniques have been developed to enable PMCT to replace autopsy in many non-suspicious deaths.  It also builds on experience gained running a PMCT service launched in 2015 which required independent funding from families. Starting in November 2017, following discussions with Leicester City Council and HM Senior Coroner for Leicester City and South Leicestershire, the new approach is now standard practice and is unique to Leicester.  It enables the pathologists to decide on the most suitable type of investigation for each individual.  The least invasive approach, including using PMCT instead of traditional post mortem, is taken whenever possible, at no cost to the bereaved families and without impact on clinical services. 


The service, and the research on which it was founded, were established in response to the wishes of the community. Death of a loved one is difficult, but many are further upset by finding their loved one have had an invasive autopsy. HM Coroner’s officers report the relief in the family’s voices on being told their loved one had a PMCT scan and on occasion the next of kin being reduced to tears. Local Undertakers have found the service makes a huge difference to their families. The feedback received by HM Coroner on the new service has been very positive.


Cathy Lea, Radiology General Manager at Leicester’s Hospital, said “We are proud to be able to provide the PMCT service for the local community and are delighted to be shortlisted for this award as our efforts are being recognised at a national level”.


For further information on the Society of Radiographers - https://www.sor.org/about-us/awards/radiography-team-year 

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For further information and photos at Leicester’s Hospitals, please contact:

Jake Toon, Communications Officer
0116 258 8715
jake.toon@uhl-tr.nhs.uk

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Radiographers recognised as team of the year