Training calendar

We offer training opportunities for all members of the multi-disciplinary team. Check out our current portfolio of courses, study days and ‘hands-on’ workshops.

Clinical Breast Examination Workshop Wednesday 24 January 2024

This one day face to face workshop offers an introduction to clinical breast examination and will enable the participant to recognise signs and symptoms of both benign and malignant breast conditions and learn how to perform breast examination. The day will consist of a morning of theoretical content followed by a practical afternoon.

The course would suit those either wishing to update their skills and knowledge or nurses/doctors/AHPs that are interested in learning more about the management of patients presenting with breast conditions.

By engaging with this course you will have the opportunity to:

  • Share practice with peers
  • Further knowledge of common breast related conditions
  • Recognise common signs and symptoms of breast disease
  • Develop clinical breast examination skills
  • Reflect on practice


  • Anatomy and physiology of the female breast
  • Common presenting conditions
  • Signs and symptoms of breast disease both benign and malignant
  • Management of patients attending a symptomatic breast clinic
  • Clinical breast examination technique
  • Practical sessions to practice examination technique using a manikin

Fee: £180 (to include lunch and beverages)

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Mammographers Refresher Course Monday 26 February 2024


This 1 day course is aimed at practicing mammographers and will provide a platform for reviewing, reflecting and sharing mammography practice.

By engaging with this package, you will:

· Review and receive feedback on your current practice

· Share practice with peers

· Discuss new and emerging technology and  practices within mammography

· Reflect on your practice

· Discuss issues in mammography relating to mental and physical wellbeing

Endorsed by the College of Radiographers CPD Now

Fee: £150

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Admin & Clerical Study Day Wednesday 13 March 2024

Administrative professionals are a fundamental part the NHS. Breast units throughout the UK could not function without them.

This 1 day course will enable you to:-

  • Develop your understanding of NHS Breast Services
  • Expand your knowledge on breast cancer and diagnosis
  • Familiarise yourself with population screening and risk factors

     The main topics include:

  • Overview of the multi specialities involved in breast cancer services
  • Breast anatomy and pathologies - Benign breast disease, breast cancer types, staging and risk factors 
  • Population screening - Risk versus benefits and the reasons why we screen particular demographics  
  • Breast screening - Understanding the different pathways, mammography and other imaging
  • Image interpretation and the importance of quality assurance (QA)
  • Ergonomics -The significance of self-care and tips to minimise repetitive strains
  • Communication -The responsibility of administrative staff 
  • Service user’s experience- A guest speaker will give a first hand account of using the breast service 

To conclude there will be an interactive session aiming to build a narrative around the NHS core values.

Fee: £85

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Mammography Associate Apprenticeship Monday 25 March 2024

The Mammography Associate (MA) apprenticeship is typically a 12 month (minimum) Level 4 training programme.

Following successful completion, MA's will be qualified to work within the breast imaging workforce undertaking routine two-view mammography (xray images of breasts), as part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme (NHSBSP) in a hospital or mobile breast screening unit. They will also be able to undertake routine mammography on individuals with symptoms of breast disease.

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Breast Image Interpretation & Reporting (BIIR) Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 April 2024

This module provides the opportunity for radiographers who are qualified in mammography to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to analyse and interpret mammographic images in the screening, new referral and post-operative follow-up situations in line with national guidelines, protocols and scope of practice.

Applicants should have completed the Post Graduate Award in Mammography/Breast Imaging Practice prior to applying to undertake this module. The module can be studied as a stand-alone module for the purposes of Continuing Professional Development, or as part of a recognised award within the Masters in Radiography Programme.

This is a collaborative partnership between Nottingham International Breast Education Centre and Birmingham City University. Students will require a mentor (usually a consultant radiologist) in their own institution. This is an important aspect of the module, enabling the student to develop their image interpretation technique with a strong emphasis on clinical relevance.

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Application deadline 8 March 2024.

Xray Guided Interventional Breast Biopsy (XBIB) Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 April 2024

This is a collaborative partnership between Nottingham International Breast Education Centre (NIBEC) and Birmingham City University (BCU).

This module provides 20 credits at level 7 and forms part of the PGDip Radiography (Breast Interventional Techniques 120 Credits at Level 7) and provides an opportunity for radiographers in mammography to develop skills to perform breast interventional techniques under X-ray guidance.

By the end of the module, you will be able to independently perform X-ray guided interventional biopsy, justify and critically evaluate their uses within the wider diagnostic process and contribute effectively to the multi-disciplinary decision making process.

For an application pack please email  nibecadministrationoffice

Application deadline 8 March 2024.

Breast Imaging Practice (BIP) Monday 3 - Wednesday 5 June 2024

This is a collaborative partnership between Nottingham International Breast Education Centre (NIBEC) and Birmingham City University (BCU).


Applicants will be qualified radiographers who hold either DCR or BSc qualification in Diagnostic Radiography or Radiotherapy.   UK applicants should be registered with the Health & Care Professions Council as a diagnostic or therapeutic radiographer. Overseas will need to provide evidence of qualification in radiography.

This 40 credit module is for radiographers who are choosing to work within breast care services and specialise in breast imaging.  The module's underpinning intention is to enable you to develop the skills required to work in the complex area of breast care services.  Being successful in this module enables you to gain the College of Radiographers named award for mammography.

The Breast Imaging Practice (BIP) module has clinical and academic components and aims for you to develop a thorough knowledge of the breast imaging service, breast anatomy and pathology.  The module will support you to master the competence and skill of positioning for mammography with the knowledge of adapting techniques in more complex and challenging patients. 

You will attend a 3 day theory week followed by a further 2 days approximately 4 months later.  The course will deliver lectures and workshops.

As part of the module you will attend a practical training week, the date of which will be arranged when your application has been accepted.  You will receive one to one training from an assigned trainer.  This is an intensive clinical training course where practical skills and practice learning which will be supported through observation and hands on experience.  This will take place in Nottingham.

For this module your ability and knowledge will be evaluated by:-

  • A 2500 word written assignment
  • A defended clinical portfolio which includes:-
    • A requirement to complete a minimum of 250 mammograms before you can take a final appraisal of your last 50 images. This is so that you will have had enough exposure to mammograms to learn the different techniques required to meet the challenges of the different body shapes and sizes of women attending for mammography
    • Series of clinical activities
    • 15 minute presentation

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Radiologists Specialist Course Thursday 6 & Friday 7 June 2024

This 2 day course is aimed at registrars intending to take up posts as breast radiologists and recently appointed consultants. 

It is specifically designed to supplement level 2 breast training and consolidate the knowledge acquired during breast radiology attachments.

Recent technologies including tomosynthesis and CESM will be discussed and interesting examples shown. Previous participants have found the mock/interactive MDT particular­ly helpful as preparation for a consultant post.

Fee: NHS £550; Private & Overseas £695

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Cancellations by delegates

To cancel a place on study days and courses, notice of cancellation must be given by email to

  • If you cancel at least 30 days prior to the start of the course you will receive a full refund minus a 10% administration fee
  • If you cancel between 30 and 21 days prior to the start of the course you will receive a 50% refund
  • If you cancel less than 21 days before the event you will not be entitled to a refund

No refund will be made for non-attendance on the course.

We will accept name changes for attendees. Please email up to 7 days prior to the event.

Cancellations by NIBEC and changes to course content

NIBEC events and courses are constantly updated and while we endeavour to deliver the courses as advertised there may inevitably be occasions where we have to change content without prior notice or, in exceptional circumstances, to cancel an event.

In the case of a course cancellation delegates will be offered a full refund. We will also consider any reasonable request to cover non-refundable travel arrangements if a course is cancelled within 14 days of the start day. NIBEC will not compensate for time spent travelling or away from the place of work.*

*Occasionally circumstances will arise which result in the need to cancel, reschedule or postpone an event, due to an unforeseen occurrence or act of God. When this is the case NIBEC shall assume no liability.