Interventional Radiology (IR) is a sub-specialty of Clinical Radiology (CR). It encompasses all aspects of IR, including vascular (VIR), non-vascular (NVIR) and neurointervention (INR).
It is part of core training within the clinical radiology curriculum and a useful skill-set applicable to most clinical radiology sub-specialities. IR training commences during core training and is developed further during sub-specialty training. The region provides a wealth of training in IR with significant training opportunities in most departments.
For trainees wishing to persue careers in Vascular Interventional Radiology (VIR) and Interventional Neuroradiology (INR), IR sub-specialist training is considered desirable. Non-vascular intervention (NVI) in combination with a clinical radiology sub-speciality is a relatively popular career path and does not require IR sub-specialisation.
Sub-specialist training in IR (3 years) requires completion of core radiology training (ST1-3). Clinical radiology trainees who then wish to sub-specialise in IR (VIR / NIR) should apply for dedicated training posts. These are appointed following open competition. Successful trainees move from the RCR Clinical Radiology to the RCR Interventional Radiology curriculum once they reach ST4 and on completion of training (ST6), will receive their CCT in Clinical Radiology with Interventional Radiology(IR) sub-specialisation.
HEYH is a nationally recognised IR training faculty with training in all aspects of IR available throughout the School. We currently have IR sub-specialty training posts in all three regions: 3 in the West, 3 in the South, 2 in the East. There are also funded training posts in INR with opportunities for INR trainees to rotate through all 3 regions to maximise their training experience.