A new National Imaging Academy for Wales has been announced, which will provide a base for training the country's next generation of radiographers.
It was revealed last month that the country would be benefiting from the construction of the new centre, which will be located in Pencoed, Bridgend and is expected to open in the middle of next year.
Initially, the academy will focus on training new radiologists in line with the Royal College of Radiologists' curriculum, but its courses will be extended to also include radiographers, sonographers and other medical imaging professionals over the next few years.
Courses and classes will be delivered by consultants in the sector, with topics set to be covered including how to interpret X-rays and how to operate the machinery used in MRI and CT scans, for example.
The Welsh government is investing £3.4 million in the development of the National Imaging Academy, which will not only help to support radiographers and radiologists into new careers, but also create jobs for construction workers while it is being created and for administrative staff once it opens.
It is hoped that the academy will provide future radiographers with a modern and innovative environment in which they can get familiar with the latest imaging equipment. It will also provide a base from which they can undertake placements in hospitals across South Wales in order to further their training.
Welsh health secretary Vaughan Gething commented: "Radiologists and those in the imaging workforce play a crucial role in supporting medical and clinical staff with high-quality imaging investigations and timely reports, which allows doctors to deliver the very best care to patients.
"The new academy will play an important role in allowing us to increase the number of trained radiologists in the Welsh NHS to ensure a sustainable, high-quality workforce for the future."
Wales has been struggling with a shortage of radiographers in recent months, so the news of the new National Imaging Academy comes at a fitting time.
Written by Megan Smith
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