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.
After registering and paying a small fee , 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.