Quality Assurance Scheme Development Group

The Quality Assurance Scheme Development Group (QASDG) will develop the European Quality Assurance Scheme for Breast Cancer Services (the European QA scheme) to set common quality and safety requirements for person-centred breast cancer services in Europe. The scheme will cover all the processes of breast cancer care (screening, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation & supportive care, follow-up & survivorship care and palliative care) and will be underpinned by the accreditation legal framework and evidence from guidelines.

The QASDG discusses and selects the requirements within virtual working environments and in meetings organised every three months. The initial draft documents and the final versions before piloting are subject of open calls for feedback launched online. After piloting, the so validated scheme will become operative on voluntary basis throughout Europe.

The members are also invited to contribute to the other ECIBC objectives, the Digital Mammography Training Template and the European Guidelines Platform covering all processes of care (from screening to end-of-life care).  

The QASDG is supported by the external contractors EA- European Co-operation for Accreditation for the accreditation legal framework and for the coordination of national accreditation bodies, by CCIb –Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre for literature review and by IQ healthcare to develop indicators.

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Saskia Claassen

Saskia Claassen

After finishing the highest education in nursing and getting my nursing oncology and breast cancer degree, I did my master in advanced nursing practice which I finished in 2003.

I work ever since as a nurse practitioner specialized in breast problems at the Catharina Breast Centre, (part of the Catharina Cancer Institute), Catharina Hospital, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

In 2003 I was (and I still am) a member of the team creating the breast Centre as it exist today.

Within the breast center my main responsibility is being a case manager for the patient from the moment they have their first appointment in the breast clinic for diagnostics (including benign problems) until the end of follow-up of treatment for breast cancer. I am also responsible for the analyses and evaluation of  the data outcome of our breast center and keeping our multidisciplinary care pathway up to date.

I am involved in several hospital, regional and nationwide quality of care projects and breast cancer guidelines development. I teach at the Dutch nursing school and give lectures about breast care nursing and the (important) role of the breast care nurse within the multidisciplinary team.

I am also part of the accreditation team of EUSOMA (European accreditation of breast centers) and involved in the European development of breast nursing education.

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Last update: 2018