NOTICE

QA Modules

IMPORTANT MESSAGE



<h3>QA Module</h3>

<p style="font-size: 10px; font-weight: normal;">The next QA module will be available for one month starting on 1st November 2013.</p>

<p style="font-size: 10px; font-weight: normal;">As an accredited department you can register a QA Lead by visiting the <a href="/register-qa-lead.aspx" title="Register QA lead">Register QA Lead</a> page.</p>

<p style="font-size: 10px; font-weight: normal;"><strong>In order to access the QA module you must log in using your individual username and password, not the departmental one.</strong><br /> <br /> The QA leads can add or remove users at anytime before or during the module at<a href="/register-qa-lead.aspx">/register-qa-lead.aspx</a> 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'. <strong>Please ensure the email address for the QA lead is up to date</strong>. For forgotten QA lead logins or any other problems please contact Luci at <a href="mailto:dept@bsecho.org">dept@bsecho.org</a>.</p>

What is Departmental Accreditation and how to apply?

Quality matters!

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 standards.

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 process.

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 departmental routines.

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.

Expression of Interest

To start the departmental accreditation process please register here. This does not commit you to applying for departmental accreditation and you do not need to pay anything at this stage. The BSE will be notified of your interest and will issue your department with a login and password so that you can progress to the next stage of the application process. Usually the technical or clinical head initiates this process but any member of staff can apply if they have the agreement of their department leads. The scientist and medical leads (and the applicant if different) will receive email acknowledgement of the application. A department can only have one active expression of interest at any time and each department will receive only one login and password.