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
Mary Woods is a qualified nurse with significant experience in the field of cancer related lymphoedema. Working as a Lead Nurse, she heads a team of lymphoedema therapists as the clinical expert, firmly believing in patient focused management of the condition and the importance of early education and advice for those at risk of lymphoedema.
Mary is educated to Masters level with her research focused on the psychological impact of breast cancer related lymphoedema. She has published and presented her work nationally and internationally and is the author of a book entitled Lymphoedema Care, in addition to book chapters published in several other books.
As a Committee member of the British Lymphology Society, Mary collaborates with colleagues to advance education and knowledge in the field of lymphology and provides expert advice on lymphoedema to several cancer charities. She shares her knowledge widely in formal and informal education settings, is passionate about patient care and highly experienced within her specialist field.