Radiographer's Advisory Group (C.R.A.G.)
KCARE first held a Cardiac User Group meeting on 6th September
2001. At this meeting, it was decided that there was a need for
cardiac radiographers to work together to promote best practice
in their speciality. On 4th December 2001 the first meeting of
what would become the Cardiac Radiographer's Advisory Group (C.R.A.G)
was held. Lead cardiac catheter laboratory radiographers from
various healthcare groups throughout England and members of KCARE
attended this historic meeting. Since then, CRAG
has gone from strength to strength.
CRAG now has a membership of 20, including Superintendent and
Senior Radiographers from catheter laboratories. They come from
specialised hospitals, tertiary centres and district general hospitals.
KCARE continues to be represented at these meeting to disseminate
information about our current evaluation activity and pertinent
changes within the Device Evaluation Service (DES).
CRAG has been instrumental in setting up the cardiac catheter
laboratory Practitioner Project in response to the acute shortage
of appropriately qualified non-medical staff to deliver cardiac
catheter lab services. It is anticipated that multi-skilling the
existing workforce and developing a new generic workforce can
improve this situation.
CRAG has organised three very successful study days covering a
range of exiting topics relevant to the effective running of cardiac
catheter laboratories around the country.
CRAG aims to create awareness amongst NHS leaders of all cardiac
catheter related issues. The groups' remit is to inform Cardiac
Radiographers of current issues, e.g. advances in equipment/technology,
government funding and skill mix.
CRAG objectives are: to set standards/competencies for cardiac
radiography, to share information and experiences, to provide
advice, to make recommendations and to further develop best practice.
· Write X-ray specifications for District General Hospital
· Multi-disciplinary team working
· Staff grading and job descriptions
· Implementation of IRMER
· Diagnostic Reference Levels (DRLs)
· Standards of Competencies
For information, please