Teleradiology reporting FAQs

At Medica we’re committed to providing the best, flexible working environment for our reporters. Learn more about what you can expect with our frequently asked questions.

Frequently asked questions

Demand for diagnostic imaging reporting is rising faster than the current available clinical workforce can meet via traditional methods. The majority of patients that visit hospital have some form of diagnostic imaging test and a recent report by Sir Mike Richards, which looks at the UK’s radiology situation, identified that further investment is required to deliver positive patient outcomes. As a result, the national target has been set to increase diagnostic imaging activity to 130% of pre-Covid levels by 2025.

The growing gap between the required increase in essential imaging activity and traditional workforce capacity means that new ways of delivering healthcare services are needed. 

Teleradiology is a sustainable solution to increase reporting capacity, by enabling hospitals to send imaging for reporting by high quality clinicians located outside the hospital, and outside normal UK working hours.

  • Flexibility – you can easily report from home and work around your other commitments.
  • Cost effective – Teleradiology eliminates the need for travel and allows radiologists to work from anywhere, wherever is most convenient and cost-efficient. 
  • Time savings – Teleradiology offers radiologists the opportunity to review images in real time, with no delays via secure telecommunications networks.
  • Contractors are able to be paid directly or into a limited company, which may offer the individual some tax-efficient benefits.
  • It offers nationwide reach of patients and doctors, meaning you can make a real difference to patients across the whole of the UK. You’re also able to connect with specialists from all areas.
  • Offers opportunity for re-engagement to reporters who may have left the NHS previously.
  • Provides a supportive environment with sole focus on making the radiology process better for doctors, hospitals and patients.
  • Offers reporters a working environment similar to hospitals with access to all relevant information, maximising clinical quality.

In the UK, radiologists can start training once they have obtained a medical degree and completed a 2-year foundation programme. You can then enrol on a radiology training scheme, which takes a minimum of 5 years. For further information, visit: https://www.healthcareers.nhs.uk/explore-roles/doctors/roles-doctors/clinical-radiology.

During the recruitment process and your early days with us, we build up a profile of your sub-speciality interests and areas of expertise across multiple modalities. This enables us to tailor your worklists to provide you with the best possible experience and our clients’ patients with the best possible care.

We’ll work alongside you to build a bespoke reporting pattern around your existing commitments. The average reporting pattern for home reporting radiologists is 9 hours each week of Elective (cold) reporting and 8 hours each month of NightHawk (acute/emergency) reporting.

When you join us, we’ll talk about your current commitments to help you build a customised and adaptable job plan around you and your lifestyle. It’s not set in stone though – it’s flexible and can be changed to suit you both long-term and short-term, or to accommodate time off for holidays or emergencies.

No, all of our recruitment is online – so wherever you are in the world, we can speak together. Training is given through your workstation, whether you choose to report from home or from a reporting centre.

No, we provide all the top-of-the-range hardware required for your ideal home workstation with no set-up or rental fees, and we ship worldwide. We’ll send you the equipment and get it set up for you either in person if you’re in the UK, or with remote help if you’re not.

Whether you are reporting from home or from a Medica reporting centre, you will be provided with a full PACS workstation, including a PACS monitor, two dual-colour DICOM monitors, and high-quality Dragon Medical voice recognition software.

We’ve established a reputation for unrivalled clinical quality, and this is something we are proud to maintain through our full-time Medical Director and dedicated Clinical Governance team. We work closely with our clients to ensure exceptional image quality and have a system in place for you to raise all critical and urgent findings, ensuring optimal patient safety and outcomes.

Medica reporters are free to sign up either as sole traders or through limited companies and our contract documentation is fully IR-35 compliant.

Yes, all Medica reporters are required to have suitable private medical indemnity insurance which we will need to take a copy of for our own records.

Medica already has a number of reporters in Australia, New Zealand, India, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and countries throughout Europe. Please contact our recruitment team to discuss specific locations. Please contact our recruitment team to discuss specific countries.

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