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Breast clinicians

In response to the workforce crisis affecting UK breast imaging services, we have been working with the Association of Breast Clinicians (ABC), the National Breast Imaging Academy (NBIA) and Health Education England (HEE) to develop and pilot a credential in breast disease management.


  • To recognise and standardise the training of breast clinicians. 
  • To increase the breast clinician workforce to support breast screening and symptomatic services.

​The credential has been implemented through a pilot programme which began in 2019 with the first cohort of 10 trainees in England, supported by HEE which provided funding of £30,000 per trainee per year for the three years of the credential programme. 

The credential curriculum is based around a number of high-level capabilities in practice. This is what a breast clinician will be expected to be able to do upon completion of the training. It includes considerable overlap with the breast content of the clinical radiology curriculum as well as covering clinical examination, risk factors such as family history and genetics, and the understanding of the use of prognostic and biological factors that influence oncological treatments.

Health Education England has produced a suite of resources providing guidance on "Enhancing Supervision for Postgraduate Doctors in Training”.

Enhancing Supervision for postgraduate doctors in training

Want to know more?

Head to our breast clinicians credential FAQ page to find the answers to some commonly-asked questions.

Breast clinicians credential - FAQs

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