Departmental accreditation and clinical standards committee applications open

Published 13/09/2022; updated 04/01/2023

Applications are now open to volunteer with the British Society of Echocardiography’s Accreditation committees across departmental accreditation and clinical standards.

What’s involved?

Volunteering your time to review applications from various departments throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Departmental accreditation site visits

Part of the application process is for a reviewer to visit the site seeking accreditation and meet the applicants to assess the application. Visits are undertaken by 2 assessors with feedback via a written report.

Echo quality applications

Virtual reviews of examples of using the echo quality framework, discussing findings/reviews with the broader committee before delivering an outcome to the applicant. An outcome is usually given in written form with the option of having a video call with the applicant to discuss the outcome.

Who do we need?

Medical leads, physiologists, and cardiologists working in BSE accredited departments (currently or recently), who can commit to reviewing at least two applications per financial year. Full training and support will be provided. 

What do you get in return for giving up your time for the Society?

Formal recognition of your contribution via CPD letter, reaccreditation points, *discounted entry to BSE events. For the practical days, we provide overnight accommodation for the night before the assessment, host a dinner for the examiners, lunches and refreshments provided on the day. For those travelling for site visits, travel is reimbursed.

You will be introduced to a dynamic network of long-running examiners who are integral to the committee and the accreditation process. The examiners have formed a supportive, like-minded community, encouraging Departments and individuals to follow BSE standards.

Applicants should provide a CV and the expression of interest form below to [email protected].

Download the expression of interest

Thoughts from our team

“We have a great team on the Clinical Standards Committee. I find it very interesting and rewarding visiting departments and reviewing applications from a wide range of echo services. It's brilliant to award accreditation to departments because of all the hard work that goes into their application. I come away from visits/reviews having picked up ideas that I can take back to our centre so it's a win win!”

Sarah Ritzmann, Chair, BSE Clinical Standards Committee