The British Nuclear Medicine Society (BNMS) in partnership with industry is launching the BNMS Fellowship Programme in radionuclide imaging and therapy and is now accepting expressions of interest from members of all professions working in nuclear medicine including doctors, scientists, technologists, radiographers and nurses.
The aims of this fellowship are:
- to enhance knowledge of nuclear medicine for multi-professional team members in at least one area of nuclear medicine
- to develop a UK based nuclear medicine network exchanging the best practice, most recent advances and research ideas.
- to promote and encourage the exchange of knowledge in nuclear medicine professions.
Areas in which Fellowships are available:
Radiopharmacy: Tc99m and Ga68 Generators on site with Radiopharmaceutical Production; Tc99m and In111 blood labelling techniques
Radionuclide therapy: 223 Radium-dichloride therapy; 131 Iodine therapy (Ablation & Thyrotoxicosis); Benign thyrotoxicosis I131 therapy; Thyroid Cancer ablation; Y90/Lu177 PRRT for Neuroendocrine cancer therapy; Y90 SIRT; Ra223 Metastatic Bone Pain Palliation
Nuclear Cardiology: Cardiac stress Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (pharmacalogical stress); MUGA ventriculography: FDG for cardiac viability
Reporting assessments for PET-CT/Neuro PET/Dementia; SPECT-CT; PET-CT;
Renal Imaging: DMSA static and Mag3 Dynamic (including ureteric reflux studies)
GI Imaging: gastric emptying, gastric reflux, GI bleed, Meckel's
Renal Imaging: Se75 Hepatobilliary Imaging; SeHCAT bile salt retention; Cr51 EDTA GFR measurement;
Brain: HMPAO Brain Perfusion Imaging, Datscan Brain imaging, F18 Beta amyloid and Tau brain imaging,
Bone Imaging, F18 sodium Fluoride bone scan,
V/Q SPECT (technegas ventilation)
FDG for infection and inflammation
Ga68 PSMA Ca prostate imaging
Miscellaneous rarely performed imaging
We intend that at least one fellowship will be awarded annually. Nuclear medicine departments across the UK have already registered to host the fellowships. Departments will provide the appropriate infrastructure and trainers in diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine for the attending fellows.
BNMS will be responsible for awarding the fellowship and running of the fellowship programme, Any Industry sponsorship must not influence the content or the scheduling of the fellowship programme.
Criteria for applicants:
- Must be BNMS members for at least a year before applying for a fellowship.
- Applicants should have completed their professional training and hold registered membership of an appropriate body if eligible.
- Applicants must be eligible to work in the UK
- Applicants should have been members of the BNMS for at least one year before applying for a fellowship.
- The host institution must be in the UK.
- To take part in this Fellowship we would expect a pass of 7.0 in the ILETS in both written or spoken English if you are coming from a country where English is not the first language
Important information for applicants:
- You are personally responsible for planning your fellowship, including travel arrangements and accommodation.
- Additional expenses beyond the grant will not be covered by BNMS
- Some, but not all, hospitals may be able to negotiate a salary. Please enquire prior to application.
- Check in your own department/country whether the fellowship will be recognised (i.e. whether the three months spent abroad will be included as part of your national training).
- Enquire about possible language barriers (English may not be enough) and enquire about the national requirements to be more than an observer. Recognition of your medical degree/title may be required (e.g. GMC recognition is essential for working in the UK). Please appreciate that these administrative procedures may take a great deal of time to complete.
- Confirm the need for liability insurance, and whether the hosting hospital will cover you.
- Check occupational health requirements such as MRSA swabs, hepatitis and BCG vaccinations.
- On completion of the fellowship, each trainee is expected to send a final report to BNMS summarising his or her activities and financial expenditures (mandatory). They are also requested to share their experiences in an article for the BNMS website within two months after the completion of the fellowship.
BNMS Fellowship Programme with support from Bayer PLC.
- Applications should be submitted using the online form here at any time but will be reviewed quarterly at BNMS council meetings in March, June, September and December.
- Applicants must provide a letter of endorsement from their head of department.
- Applicants must provide a detailed breakdown of the expenses that they are requesting funds for. Maximum grant for one person will be of £2000
- Applicants are expected to personally contact the hosting department to ensure the feasibility of the BNMS fellowship.