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About the National Breast Imaging Academy programme

Breast imaging services across the UK are facing significant challenges in delivery and sustainability as a result of the combination of increasing demand for breast imaging and shortages across all aspects of the workforce.

The National Breast Imaging Academy (NBIA) is a collaborative, national, multidisciplinary initiative which encompasses a range of solutions to address these issues. These include the establishment of a national centre of excellence for training, the development of high-quality training programmes for radiographers, radiologists and breast clinicians and an innovative, online technology-enhanced learning platform; the NBIA Online. The Academy team is also working to raise the profile of a career in breast imaging and to promote excellence across all aspects of the specialty.

If you would like further information or to get involved in any aspect of the National Breast Imaging Academy programme, then please visit www.nationalbreastimagingacademy.org or contact the Academy team on breastacademy@mft.nhs.uk.

A central element of the National Breast Imaging Academy initiative is the delivery of a multidisciplinary, technology enhanced learning platform to provide training, support and continuing professional development for all breast imaging staff.  The three main components of the NBIA Online are:

  • a National Breast Imaging Academy e-Learning for Healthcare (elfh) programme written by UK experts, providing comprehensive coverage of all aspects of breast imaging and relevant aspects of surgery, oncology, pathology, nursing, and risk and prevention for both trainees and qualified staff. There are now over 120 elearning sessions available, with the programme due to be completed towards the end of 2021
  • a national breast imaging case archive, developed by the National Breast Imaging Academy in collaboration with the Scientific Computing team at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. This will contain tens of thousands of validated cases that will be available to all UK breast imagers to support and enhance learning
  • a national online learning community with further resources to complement the elfh programme and provide mentoring and support to trainees and staff. Online tutorials and webinars are being uploaded to the Learning Hub to support training.

There are over 120 sessions already available within this programme.
Here are just a few examples:

  • Clinical Presentations – Breast Lump
  • Working on a Mobile Unit
  • Tips for Reading Screening Mammograms
  • Screening – Women’s Experiences
  • Breast Imaging in Pregnancy and Lactation
  • Day in the Life of a Clinical Oncologist

National Breast Imaging Academy

Meet the team

  • Megan Bydder, Clinical Lead, National Breast Imaging Academy
  • Sara Bundred, Breast Clinician Subject Lead, National Breast Imaging Academy
  • Lyndsay Kinnear, Joint Radiography Subject Lead, National Breast Imaging Academy
  • Rachel Laming, Joint Radiography Subject Lead, National Breast Imaging Academy
  • Alice Leaver, Joint Radiology Subject Lead, National Breast Imaging Academy
  • Simon Lowes, Joint Radiology Subject Lead, National Breast Imaging Academy
  • Ade Shannon, Project Manager, Health Education England elearning for healthcare
  • Jen Van Iwaarden, Lead Learning Designer, Health Education England elearning for healthcare
  • Rachel Gowland, Stakeholder Officer, Health Education England elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access the National Breast Imaging Academy programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the National Breast Imaging Academy programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

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