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Teleradiology

The requirements you must meet to gain registration within the teleradiology special purpose scope of practice are set out below.

Registration to provide teleradiology services for New Zealand patients may be provided for up to a year. If you want to continue to practise after this time you will need to reapply for registration.

The Royal New Zealand College of Radiologists will assess if you have the appropriate qualifications – based on their advice, we will consider your application.

Qualification requirements

The following requirements are in addition to those provided under our Policy on registration within a special purpose scope. Please also refer to that policy.

Policy on registration within a special purpose scope

You must hold one of the following approved postgraduate qualifications in diagnostic radiology:

  • Fellowship of the Royal College of Radiologists of London. Note: if you obtained this after 12 January 1996 your application must include a Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training (CCST) issued by the Specialist Training Authority of the Medical Royal Colleges. If you obtained this qualification after 30 September 2005 your application must include a Certificate of Completion Training (CCT) issued by the Postgraduate Medical Training Board
  • Fellowship of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
  • Fellowship in Diagnostic Radiology of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • Fellowship of the Faculty of Radiology (Diagnostic) of the College of Medicine of South Africa
  • Fellowship of the College of Radiologists (Diagnostic) of South Africa
  • Certificate of the American Board of Radiology (Diagnostic).

You must also be registered in the jurisdiction where you are able to gain a postgraduate qualification approved by us.

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Employment requirements

You must:

  • be employed by an overseas facility that has a contract with a health provider in New Zealand
  • be fully credentialed by your New Zealand health provider before you apply for registration – this is to ensure you have the qualifications, training and experience to carry out the specific procedures the health provider requires within their specific clinical setting
  • have been in active clinical practice (at least 20 hours per week) for at least 2 out of the 3 years, in the vocational scope of diagnostic radiology.

The New Zealand health provider must:

  • have a dispute resolution process to ensure any complaints are dealt with fairly, simply, quickly and efficiently. This process must:
    • include automatic notification to be given to the relevant authorities in New Zealand and in your home country, should a complaint be received
    • allow and assist with an external review and investigation by those same authoritie
    • include an agreement to fund you to travel to New Zealand if an investigation is necessary.
  • credential your continuing professional development throughout the period of registration. Note: the overseas facility you work for must be accredited by a suitable national or international accreditation body. Accreditation by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) is required, where available.

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Supervision requirements

  • Your supervision must be provided by the clinical director of your New Zealand health facility.
  • Your supervisor must provide details of the level of responsibility to be delegated to you.
  • Your supervisor must provide an induction / orientation and supervision plan for you that includes:
    • details of how you will be supervised, how often you will meet with your supervisor and your supervisor’s availability by telephone and / or email
    • details of how you will be audited – an audit must be carried out by your supervisor for 30 consecutive cases, to coincide with the first 3-monthly supervision report on you. Note: you or your supervisor should contact the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) to find out about their ongoing audit requirements
  • Supervision reports need to be provided to us for each 3-month period. The reports must include details of audits undertaken by your supervisor.

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Reapplying for registration

The requirements vary depending on when you were last registered in this scope of practice.

If you want to continue to practice immediately following expiry of your current practising certificate, or within 2 years of your certificate expiring, you need to provide us with:

  • an updated job offer or evidence of continued employment for a further 12 month period (or less if applicable)
  • an updated supervision plan
  • a logbook – the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists will advise what they require
  • any other audit requirements the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists require
  • satisfactory quarterly supervision reports from the clinical director of your New Zealand health facility for the time you were previously registered with us.

If it is 2 years or more since you were last registered within this scope of practice, you need to submit a new registration application.

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