New congenital accreditation launched

The British Society of Echocardiography is delighted to announce the launch of a new accreditation for congenital heart disease (CHD).

This new BSE accreditation route is endorsed by the BCCA and aims to improve standards of echocardiography in patients with congenital heart disease.

The syllabus reflects the knowledge that is required in assessing patients with congenital heart disease of all ages.  It recognises the prior knowledge that BSE members have attained by already having BSE level 2 accreditation. Areas that have previously been examined, such as the physics components, have therefore been removed. In addition there is a reduction in the size of the logbook requirement. 

Just as with other BSE accreditation routes, there is a two part examination, compromising of a theoretical and a practical assessment. The theoretical examination has 100 true/false questions and 10 video style case questions, each with a choice of 4 statements to choose the best fit answer.  The practical examination includes the review of a 200 case logbook, a viva session to include 5 video cases and a practical demonstration of competence in sequential segmental analysis. Further details of the requirements to successfully complete accreditation can be found in the accreditation pack at the link below.

Ms Jan Forster, Consultant Congenital Sonographer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and representative of the Congenital Heart Disease Accreditation Working Group, said “We are all aware of the growing numbers of patients with CHD that are now in our adult clinics due to the surgical success and medical management of patients with congenital cardiac lesions. We hope that this accreditation will ensure that echocardiographers have the underpinning knowledge required to confidently scan patients with congenital heart disease.”

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