This is an exciting venture and we are seeking donations to realise this ambition. Prevent Breast Cancer previously played a pivotal role in building Nightingale Centre raising over £2 million for the project.
The aim of the Academy is to address the huge national shortage of breast imaging specialists. As a charity dedicated to the prevention and early diagnosis of breast cancer, these aims are threatened by the pressure on imaging services across the UK. 13% of consultant breast radiology posts are unfilled, 15% of radiographic posts are vacant, about 25% of breast screening services are late in inviting women for screening and several breast units across the country have closed owing to a shortage of breast imaging staff.
In order to address these issues a multidisciplinary group of breast professionals at the Nightingale Centre have secured funding of £5 million from Health Education England to develop new training courses and fund trainers and trainees. However, for the project to be fully realised, a dedicated building is required in which to develop and deliver these training courses. This building is estimated to cost £7 million and to date £2 million of this funding has been pledged.
This project is supported by Public Health England, The Royal College of Radiologists, The Society of Radiographers, The Association of Breast Clinicians and a number of other charities across the country.