National Breast Imaging Academy

Prevent Breast Cancer is actively fundraising to build a National Breast Imaging Academy as an extension to the Nightingale Centre in Manchester.

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.

National Breast Imaging Academy Prevent Breast Cancer Charity UK

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.