Radiation Protection for Vascular Surgeons - elearning for healthcare
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  • British Institute of Radiology

About the Radiation Protection for Vascular Surgeons programme

This programme is designed to deliver the theoretical knowledge required by the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2017 within the UK, tailored towards the radiation safety of staff, patients and the public from the use of radiation within vascular surgery. It also suggests further work that can be undertaken to deepen the learner’s understanding of radiation safety. The course is aimed at vascular surgery trainees but will also benefit more experienced vascular surgeons.

The course consists of eight elearning sessions covering the following topics:

  • Principles of Ionising Radiation
  • Practical Methods for Optimisation
  • Patient Safety Regulations
  • Staff Safety Regulations
  • Imaging in Vascular Surgery
  • Preoperative Contrast Imaging
  • Innovations in Endovascular Surgery
  • Taking the Next Step

Each session takes around 30 minutes to complete and includes assessment questions.

Jane Phillips-Hughes

“The British Institute of Radiology (BIR) is delighted to be working on this important area, supporting vascular surgeons. Vascular surgeons are increasingly using radiation in the diagnosis and treatment of their patients, and so this online learning course has been developed to help guide them in their daily work to ensure both staff and patient safety. It is important that all medical staff exposed to radiation, and who expose patients to it, understand the related risks and are able to use radiation safely. This course aims to cover the guidance set out by IRM(E)R regulations and tailor them to the work of a vascular surgeon. As President of the BIR, I am excited to see this Radiation Protection for Vascular Surgeons course out in the community, benefitting patient care and ensuring safety for all.”

Jane Phillips-Hughes, BIR President

Ian Loftus

“With the evolution of vascular surgery and particularly endovascular surgery the use of x-ray imaging in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular patients is becoming an increasing part of a vascular surgeon’s work. Radiation safety for patients, for surgeons and for other staff colleagues is of fundamental importance. As President of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland I welcome the initiative of the British Institute of Radiology to develop this elearning course in Radiation Protection for Vascular Surgeons which enables consultant, trainees and other colleagues to understand the requirements of the regulations relating to procedures involving radiation. This course covers the theoretical aspects of the subjects laid down in the IR(ME)R regulations tailored to the environment and procedures undertaken by vascular surgeons and provides the foundation for practical training in radiation safety.”

Ian Loftus, Vascular Society President


The course has been accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of England for up to 4.0 CPD points.

Meet the team

  • Debbie Peet

    Head of Medical Physics, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  • Sophia Anderton

    Sophia Anderton

    Head of Publishing & Digital Learning, British Institute of Radiology
  • Miranda Ashby-Wood

    Content Development Manager, British Institute of Radiology
  • Stephen Gibbons

    Stephen Gibbons

    Lead Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare

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