There is a simple online process to apply for departmental accreditation.
Check your eligibility
Complete the eligibility checklist to instantly benchmark your department against the criteria.
If you aren't eligible for departmental accreditation, we'll provide you with a printable report of the areas you need to focus on.
Register your interest
If you are eligible for departmental accreditation, we'll ask you to register your interest to start the accreditation process. This doesn't commit you to applying for departmental accreditation and you won't need to pay any fees at this stage.
We'll receive a notification of your interest, and we'll endeavour to respond within 14 days to get your application started.
Deciding which type of accreditation
You will need to decide which types of accreditation you want to apply for.
Transthoracic echocardiography and training accreditations are mandatory when applying for transoesophageal echocardiography, stress echocardiography or emergency echocardiography accreditation, so you will need to apply for these as well if they haven't already been awarded.
Paying the accreditation fee
Once you have completed the application process and uploaded all the relevant documents you will be asked to provide invoicing details for your organisation. Once a purchase order has been received, your application can begin.
The site visit
You will receive an email from the accreditation team within 14 days of payment to organise the site visit. It usually takes place 6-12 weeks after your application has been received.
The scientist and medical leads must be present for the visit, which normally takes 3-4 hours. The visiting team will usually include an echo-specialised cardiologist and a senior physiologist. The team will verify the information supplied in your application and will ask to see any documents that were not uploaded. They will speak to members of your echo team and review random echo studies.
You will receive a full report for comment within one month of the site visit. The final report will be issued following any feedback from your department.
For each area of accreditation the outcome will be one of the following:
- Accreditation awarded
- Accreditation not awarded
- Remedial measures suggested
Remedial measures will be suggested where departments almost reach the required standard and the deficit is in a discrete area which can be remedied relatively quickly. The accreditation team will specify the measures required and will provide a time period in which to achieve them (usually six months from the date of the visit). You will need to provide evidence that the required changes have been made within the timeframe specified.
All successful departments will be authorised to use the departmental accreditation logo.
If you have any queries you can contact us at any stage of the accreditation process by emailing [email protected].
You can read other departments' experiences of the accreditation process on our testimonials page.