"We recently undertook the process of departmental accreditation. We felt it was important to have official recognition that we perform to the standard expected by the BSE. It also enabled us to highlight to management within the Trust the standards for echo which need to be upheld, particularly in the area of protected times for training, as well as required room size and machine specification. Departmental accreditation underpins our commitment to an excellent service and it has empowered us when speaking to management with reference to working and training standards. We would certainly recommend that departments apply for departmental accreditation."