Radiographers and Assistant Practitioners take the mammograms. The radiographers and assistant practitioners produce mammograms of high quality and provide women being screened with the appropriate information.
Radiographers may also take on additional roles such as reading mammograms and taking needle biopsies. Some may also specialise to undertake clinical examinations and ultrasound.
Clinical Imaging Support Workers are multi-skilled. They display and file the mammograms and support the medical staff, radiographers and nurses in the clinics.
Breast Care Nurses are a small dedicated team across Wales who work within Breast Screening. They offer support, advice and information to all women, whether that is women attending for routine breast screening or women returning for assessment.
The Breast Care Nursing standards detail the role and responsibilities for the Screening Breast Care Nursing team within Wales and outline what women accessing our service can expect
The Breast Care Nurses have a number of roles to play including:
• To support women through the assesment process
• Listening to womens concerns
• Remaining impartial when supporting women to make an informed decision about their possible treatment
• Working closely with other breast care teams
• To support women who have been given a diagnosis that requires more care and treatment
• To give women who have had benign results more information as they need it
Radiologists read the mammograms to identify possible cancers. At assessment they may request further mammograms, carry out ultrasound imaging and request needle biopsy samples of possible abnormalities. They lead the multi-disciplinary team meetings which review every case.
Surgeons carry out clinical examinations on women at assessment. With the breast care nurses, they tell women the results of assessment. If necessary, they arrange for the woman to have a surgical biopsy and carry this out. If women need treatment, they advise on the treatment options. Women may choose to be treated by the same surgeon or may ask to be referred to another surgeon.
Breast Physicians are specially trained to carry out many of the radiology and/or surgical roles.
Pathologists carry out tests on the biopsy specimens. The results of these tests are used to help reach a diagnosis.
The medical staff use a multi-disciplinary approach to diagnosis. The final decision as to whether a woman has cancer or not is only made when all of the members of the multi-disciplinary team agree.
Medical Physicists monitor the performance of the equipment used to produce mammograms and advise on technical matters.
The Administrative Teams operate a small dedicated team across Wales who are on hand to help women should they:
• Need to change an appointment to a more convenient time
• Offer general information on the breast screening process
• Direct any enquires or concerns a woman may have to an appropriate member of staff
• Provide information on when and where we are screening in a particular area
They also deal with telephone enquiries and work on the reception desks in the Centres.
Secretaries provide support to other staff.
Medical Secretaries co-ordinate assessment clinics, arrange hospital admissions and maintain medical records.
The Screening Engagement Team is a small team of eight that work across Wales using health promotion and media skills to provide information to women, other members of the public, primary health care teams and other health professionals.