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.
Members and external experts
QASDG External Expert
As a dual qualified radiographer, I have gained experience in both the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and have obtained my Master’s degree covering both disciplines. During my radiotherapy career I was involved with many innovations in practice with the introduction of multileaf collimation, digital on-treatment imaging and evolution and standardisation of treatment protocols.
To the current date, I have been working in breast screening for 16 years including the training of radiographers and assistant practitioners to provide an efficient, high standard service to a local population of approaching 250,000 ladies.
In partnership with a colleague, we oversaw the transition of our service from analogue to digital imaging technologies, integrating all modalities to a new build PACS, setting up display protocols, training of all staff and management the live system on a daily basis.
In my current role, I am involved with all aspects of quality assurance of our service, from frontline client interactions, consistency and standards of screening, assessment and diagnostic images to the timely provision of results. This includes ensuring equipment performance with testing in association with local and regional medical physics.