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Oxford School of Radiology

Contact Information:

Training Programme Director Dr Nia Taylor
Regional Advisor Dr Zoe Traill
Head of School Dr Karen Partington
Programme Manager Mrs Sue O'Sullivan



This programme aims to provide a very high quality of Radiology training. Trainees will be appointed to the rotation, not to specific hospitals. Structured, comprehensive training is provided in this five year training programme, with core radiological skills covered in the first three years and further subspecialty experience provided in the final two years. The programme is heavily based on clinical radiology experience, supplemented by teaching courses and clinico-radiological conferences.

There is no on-call commitment during the first year of training, but from Year two onwards, participation in an on-call rota is required.  

Training Rotations:

During the first year, trainees take part in a rotation which covers Ultrasound, CT, Gastrointestinal radiology and Trauma / Musculoskeletal radiology. A Part 1 FRCR course is provided and trainees are expected to pass the FRCR 1 examination in physics and anatomy during this year.

In Years 2 and 3 the rotation covers GI radiology, Paediatric radiology, CT, Nuclear Medicine, Angiography / Intervention, Chest and Oncology and Uroradiology, Neuroradiology, MRI, Mammography. A Part 2 FRCR course is provided with the expectation of trainees acquiring the FRCR 2 A&B examinations at the start of year 4.

In Years 4/5 subspecialty experience will be provided with a tailor-made rotation taking into account both the needs of the trainee and the training departments.

In some areas – eg neuroradiology and interventional radiology, competitive entry may be required for dedicated subspecialty training posts.

Although trainees are based in Oxford for the majority of their training, hospitals both in and out of Oxford form part of this rotation at every stage, as listed below.    

Training Hospitals:

  • The John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford
  • The West Wing (NeuroScience Dept)-JR site
  • The Children’s Hospital – JR site
  • The Churchill Hospital and Cancer Centre, Oxford
  • The Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford
  • The Royal Berks Hospital, Reading
  • Wexham Park Hospital, Slough
  • Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury
  • Milton Keynes General Hospital
  • The Horton General Hospital, Banbury


Essential Course Requirements:

In Radiology there are few courses that we could strictly refer to as “essential” but of course a number that are desirable.

However considering the RCR’s ARCP progression grid we would stipulate the following:

ST1: Compulsory attendance at local 40 hours classroom based physics course for FRCR 1. This is essential and costs £400.

In addition there is an RCR Welcome to Radiology day – no course fee so travel expenses only. We would also support attendance at one pre FRCR 1 anatomy revision course.

ST2/3: There is a requirement to show evidence of involvement in research and we would stipulate 1 national meeting per year (there are several to choose from). In addition we would support attendance at 1 pre exam (FRCR 2A and then 2B) course per year.

ST4: Attendance at 1 national meeting to present a paper or learn more about a subspecialty.

ST5: Completion of a management course is mandatory at this stage. Attendance and presentation at a national or international subspecialty meeting would also be expected.

ST6: These are the Interventional radiology and neuroradiology trainees. If they haven’t already attended a management course they should do so, and they should also attend and present at a national / international IR /Neuroradiology meeting.


Related Sites:

Royal College of Radiologists for full details of training in Radiology and related topics.

Oxford School of Radiology contains information relating to training in Radiology in the Oxford patch

Useful Documents:

ST1 Job Description


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