Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust


Drs Nishat Bharwani, Alison Graham  & Olga Kirmi (Until 2022)

Subspecialties offered

Interventional Radiology, Gastrointestinal/Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic, Genito-Urinary (including gynae), Cardiothoracic, Neuro, Head and Neck, Nuclear Medicine, Paediatric, Breast and Musculoskeletal radiology.

Hospitals rotated through

Core sites: Charing Cross (CXH), Hammersmith (HH) and St Mary’s (SMH) Hospitals. Some trainees have their core respiratory rotations at the Royal Brompton Hospital. DGH sites: Barnet, Hillingdon and West Middlesex Hospitals.

Overview of Core Training (ST1-3)

After a 2-month induction primarily focusing on neuroradiology, ultrasound and general acute (hot) reporting; trainees rotate through the following 6-month placements:

  • IR/MSK (3 months each)
  • Neuro & H&N (4 months, 2 months)
  • Genito-Urinary/Paeds (3 months each)
  • GI/HPB (6 months including 5-6 weeks Cardiac)
  • Chest/NM/Oncology/Breast (6 months)
  • DGH (6 months)

Overview of Specialty Training (ST4-5)

Commences immediately after the first sitting of the FRCR 2B exams (usually October of year 4). The timetable is tailored to the trainee and their subspecialty interest/s, but generally includes one hot CT and one ultrasound session per week. Other sessions are specialty specific (e.g., ultrasound/CT-guided interventions, fluoroscopy, MDT preparation, subspecialty reporting). MDT attendance, preparation and participation is actively encouraged and supported.

On Call Commitments

Resident 24-hour on-call covering all 3 sites. Specialties covered include acute stroke/thrombectomy (CXH), major trauma (SMH) and renal transplants (HH). SpRs join the on-call rota in June of their ST1 year. ST4+ interventional neuroradiology, ST5+ neuroradiology trainees and fellows form a separate fellow rota. Senior IR trainees transition from the SpR on-call to the consultant IR rota (as second-on). General on-call cover is as follows:

  • Weekday evenings: 2x SpRs, 1x fellow
  • Weekend days: 3x SpRs, 1x fellow
  • Nights: 2x SpRs

Local Teaching

Daily 8am radiology consultant teaching. Monthly LEARN meetings. Local programme of physics and anatomy tutorials/workshops prior to FRCR Part 1. Extensive consultant-led programme of viva tutorials in the run up to FRCR 2b.

Regular regional teaching arranged at a deanery level.

Other information

We have a range of trainee management posts that are strongly encouraged to give trainees insight into the running a radiology department and ease the transition to consultancy. These are primarily directed to senior trainees but roles for junior trainees also exist.