The HRA is inviting Medical Physics Experts (MPEs) and Clinical Radiation Experts (CREs) to become registered reviewers in preparation for the launch of the next phase of Radiation Assurance.
The previous phases accepted studies involving cardiology, rheumatology and neurology, as well as all oncology studies taking place in the NHS/HSC. During the next phase all other studies involving ionising radiation taking place in the NHS/HSC will be accepted. This will be the final phase of roll-out prior to Radiation Assurance being integrated as part of HRA and HCRW Approval.
Benefits for CREs and MPEs registering to review applications through Radiation Assurance include:
- supporting research taking place in the NHS
- training on the Radiation Assurance process
- employers receiving a standardised fee of £500 + VAT for new study reviews and £250 + VAT for amendment reviews (England, Northern Ireland and Wales only. Separate arrangements apply for reviewers based in Scotland)
- one CPD point for every review they complete through Radiation Assurance for CREs registered with the Royal College of Radiologists
Applicants are encouraged to share this information with CREs and MPEs they regularly work with, so they can continue to request reviews from them through Radiation Assurance when roll-out is complete. The launch date for the next phase will be confirmed once there are enough registered reviewers to provide a good service.
Organisations that sponsor research should use this opportunity to ensure that Radiation Assurance fees are included in their grant applications and/or research budgets. Further information on calculating Radiation Assurance costs is available in the Payments Framework Guidance
If you have any queries please contact the technical assurance team at firstname.lastname@example.org.