Quality assurance (QA) of echocardiographic studies is vital to ensure that clinicians can deliver excellent patient care. Our Echocardiography Quality Framework (EQF) provides a structured yet versatile approach to help departments ensure that high quality standards are met across the board.
What is echo quality accreditation?
Echo quality accreditation consists of four areas of assessment:
- Echo quality
- Reproducibility and consistency
- Education and training
- Customer and staff satisfaction
Applications are welcome from all echo departments, regardless of size, and including non-BSE accredited departments.
By participating in echo quality accreditation, echo departments can demonstrate that robust QA processes are in place to ensure continual service improvement. Supplementary data can be downloaded- see right of this page.
Applicants must study the framework and gather sufficient evidence before applying for EQA. Please find the resources and study materials to help with accumulating examples and evidence. There is no time restriction, applicants are encouraged to study the information provided within the ERP articles- the Echo quality framework and the patient centred model. Please supply your departments QA processes and show how you are using the EQF.
After registering and paying the application fee of £250, departments can upload evidence of their QA processes and outcomes in each of the four assessment areas. This evidence is then graded and given a red, amber or green rating. An amber or green rating means that a quantifiable level of engagement in that aspect of QA has been achieved.
Departments that have achieved a grading of amber or green in all four categories are issued with a certificate and digital logo to demonstrate their accredited status.
Please study and supply sufficient examples of the way your department has applied this information in practice.