Visitors in the Department of Radiology
We welcome visitors to the Department of Radiology. Long-term visitors, with us for up to a year or more, join established research groups. Shorter-term visitors come for anything from a week to a few months.
The Department is limited in the number of visitors it can accommodate at the same time because the training and research of our own registrars and students must not be unduly disrupted, so please contact us as far in advance of your planned visit as possible.
Types of Visit:
Medical Students (Cambridge):
Cambridge medical students can visit the Department for 5-week blocks as part of their Stage 1 and Stage 3 training programme. This is the student’s self-selected component (SSC). In the spring, the Stage 1 students will rotate around the various specialties and give a short, assessed, presentation in their final week on a project they have undertaken while in the Department. In the autumn, the Stage 3 students will undertake a previously agreed research project in a particular specialty and present their work in a poster. (See SSC)
Medical Students (external):
Medical students in their final 18 months of training (outside Cambridge) may apply for the Cambridge Elective, a 6-week placement in Addenbrooke’s Hospital that runs eight times a year. (See Cambridge Elective)
The Department is a training centre for the European School of Radiology’s (ESOR) annual 3-month visiting scholarship programme. Between September and December each year up to six trainee radiologists/ radiologists from around the world join their chosen participating specialty for an intensive observation and training period. If they have GMC registration and an honorary medical contract, they may be involved (under supervision) in clinical work. (See ESOR)
Observation and Research:
We are pleased to accept applications from radiologists, trainee radiologists, researchers, postdocs, graduate students and other specialists in imaging-related fields, to come to Cambridge to undertake new research, participate in an ongoing research project, or observe in specific specialties.
Visitors who are radiologists or trainee radiologists and GMC-registered may occasionally participate in the clinical work of the Department, if they have an appropriate Honorary Contract from the NHS Trust (see Requirements below). When a radiologist or trainee radiologist is with us for three months or more we expect them to have GMC registration so they can contribute to the work of the Department.
Please complete the enquiry form to explain the purpose of your visit, which research theme or specialty you are interested in and the academic(s) with whom you would like to work. They will assess your request and decide whether it is feasible for you to join the Department at the time indicated.
Please note that we receive a lot of applications and it is impossible for us to accommodate everyone.
There is no remuneration for visitors. Visitors are responsible for fully funding their visit and making their own arrangements for accommodation.
Longer term (three months or more) visitors may be requested to pay bench fees to cover the costs of providing computing and IT equipment, laboratory/office space, or other incidentals.
All visitors will be issued with a visitor’s letter from the University which is accompanied by a set of terms and conditions. This must be signed by both the Head of the Department of Radiology and the visitor.
All visitors must be covered by indemnity insurance.
Where the visitor is an employee elsewhere, a person in authority at the employing institution must also sign the visitor’s letter to confirm that the visitor is covered by the employer’s insurance.
We need a copy of every visitor’s CV – please send this with your enquiry form.
Honorary Contract or Research Passport
If your visit to the Department will include contact with patients or the sight/use/collection of patient data, images or tissue samples, you will need either an honorary contract or a research passport from the NHS Trust. When your visit has been agreed you will be advised which you will need and the appropriate form will be sent to you, plus advice on the required supporting documentation you will be asked to provide and any other checks that must be undertaken (such as health or criminal records).
All visitors from overseas must have an appropriate British visa from the UK Border Agency.
Allow enough processing time…
As the administration necessary for visits can take several weeks, please contact us as soon as you can with your visit application so that we have time to consider whether it is feasible and, if so, carry out the checks and acquire the permissions that are required.
We look forward to hearing from you.