The QA module for
Accredited Departments is now live and will be available for the
month of November 2013.
In order to
access the QA module you must log in using your individual username
and password, not the departmental one.
The QA leads can add
or remove users at anytime before or during the module at /register-qa-lead.aspx using
their QA lead login. There is a 'forgotten details' link for
forgotten passwords. If there are no changes to the
users list the QA lead wont need to do anything because the
users will be contacted by email automatically when the module
'goes live'. Please ensure the email address for the
QA lead is up to date. For forgotten QA lead logins
or any other problems please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QA User Guide
QA Lead Guide
What is Departmental Accreditation and how to apply?
BSE departmental accreditation is a recognised benchmark of
quality. It indicates to patients, resource allocators and health
professionals that an echo department meets realistic quality
Accreditation is for all echo departments, not
just those that are large or highly specialised. It is offered at
two levels: standard and advanced. Standard level represents what
BSE considers a minimum standard echocardiography service and
should be achieved by every echo department in the UK. The targets
are 'sensible' and are not a set of unachievable hoops to jump
through. Advanced level signifies an excellent service and it can
be achieved by both district and tertiary hospitals.
Accreditation covers four areas, transthoracic echo,
transoesophageal echo, stress echo and training. Standard
transthoracic echo is a prerequisite for the other accreditations.
There is a fixed fee of £500 whether you apply for one or more
areas of accreditation.
The online application process incorporates links that can help
with your application such as relevant BSE documents and an
eligibility check tool allows you to test whether your department
qualifies before submitting an application - View the application
Following your application for accreditation your department
will be inspected by a small team of senior cardiologists and
physiologists. If your department does not reach the required
standards you will get a clear set of reasons and suggestions for
how to achieve them.
Our accredited departments are already using our
exciting new online quality assurance programme which runs
every May and November. We have received plenty of positive
feedback about how it is helping introduce regular QA into
Join with the BSE in improving the national standard of
echocardiography. Check out departmental accreditation!
What about the IQIPs Accreditation process?
Both the British Society of Echocardiography (BSE) Departmental
Accreditation process and the Improving Quality in Physiological
diagnostic Services (IQIPS) programme share the common aim of
improving the quality of services offered to patients by assessing
them against professionally devised standards. Click here to read the joint statement.