New training academy aims to transform NHS imaging workforce


The North West Imaging Academy (NWIA), a multi-million pound NHS project, is investing in state of the art facilities and education to develop a world-class imaging workforce.

This will ultimately improve patient access to high quality imaging tests such as x-rays and ultrasounds, drive earlier diagnosis and reduce health inequalities across the North West.

Patient advocate Laura Mahon, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour while she was pregnant, shared her harrowing story at the launch and officially opened the NWIA’s Radiology Academy with her husband and fellow charity campaigner Daniel.

The 30-year-old from St Helens said: “It was an honour to officially open the new academy. My daughter Sienna and I are both doing well now but I know that without scanning and imaging my tumour wouldn’t have been found.”

A series of MRI scans led to Laura’s diagnosis. She gave birth to her daughter Sienna at 30 weeks and has been undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy over the last year. Laura’s health is improving but she will continue to have regular MRI scans to monitor the now stable tumour.

“It is vital to have places like this so that healthcare workers can get the best education possible. It’s amazing to know that the people who are trained here will go on to care for people like me in the future.”

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