National Clinical Director for Imaging

Professor Erika Denton was appointed as the first National Clinical Lead for Imaging at the Department of Health in 2005, and subsequently the first National Clinical Director for Imaging in 2010.                                                          

  • provides: future planning, policy, management and delivery of high quality diagnostic imaging
  • ensures: strategic direction and cross-stakeholder input into the Department of Health on all imaging issues
  • contributes: experience, expertise and an active research portfolio in imaging
  • is responsible for: a complex programme of work across all aspects of imaging

About Professor Erika Denton: Erika Denton is a Consultant Radiologist at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust and Professor of Radiology at The University of East Anglia. A specialist in the field, Erika’s radiological practice in Breast Imaging includes running ‘one-stop’ symptomatic and screening breast biopsy assessment clinics, reading screening and symptomatic mammograms and performing all types of breast biopsy and localisation techniques. Her expertise has seen her become Clinical Director of one of the highest performing breast units in the UK as well as Chairman of the Royal College of Radiologists Breast Group.

Erika was Divisional Clinical Director in Norwich from 2003-2005 when she had clinical, managerial and governance responsibility for all diagnostic services, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Speech and Occupational Therapy, Health Records, Outpatients, and Cromer District Hospital. During this time she was a member of the Trust Executive Board, involved in Trust strategic planning and was the lead clinician for Choose and Book. This role also included work commissioning and developing local community diagnostic services and regional pathology services across multiple trusts.

Erika remains an active academic and supports the supervision of PHD students in her field as well as contributing her own publications to the imaging community. She continues that contribution by adding her experience and expertise to a number of cross-diagnostic bodies.

Erika has built on her experience as Head of Radiology Training and Academy Head in Norwich to lead on work nationally on the imaging workforce. As well as having been President of the UK Radiological Congress and appointed a Member of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Diagnostics Committee, Erika is also a Member of the Cancer Research UK Imaging Review Group.

As National Clinical Director for Imaging at the Department of Health, Erika has led complex imaging work programmes across multiple government bodies, chairing the National Imaging Clinical Advisory Group and serving as Medical Director and then Senior Responsible Officer for the PACS Programme, which she delivered in every trust in England. She also played a pivotal role in reducing waiting times in imaging from 18 weeks to just 6 weeks in England.

Erika is in the Clinical Policy and Strategy Division of NHS Medical Directorate and continues to facilitate the leadership and governance of departmental imaging issues

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