Accreditation for Cardiac CT

In response to applicant feedback since the process was originally designed, the BSCI/BSCCT Accreditation process has been updated in order to better reflect current practice. We hope that the application process is clear and more streamlined. Broadly, the three levels of accreditation in cardiac CT will remain, as before – level 1 (basic), level 2 (independent practitioner), and level 3 (advanced). However, there are some changes, as outlined below.

Changes to Level 2 Accreditation

Application forms

Applications for Level 2 Accreditation will now be split into two groups, according to whether the applicant is applying to the BSCI/BSCCT for the first time or re-accrediting:

  • Those applying for their first Level 2 Accreditation should use the ‘Application for Initial Level 2 BSCI Accreditation in Cardiac CT’.

  • Those applying to re-accredit at Level 2 should use the ‘Application for BSCI Clinical Practitioner Accreditation in Cardiac CT’, indicating on the form the level of re- accreditation for which they are applying.

The purpose of the change is to reflect the fact that some applicants attend a Level 2 course, accredit at Level 2 but then subsequently choose not to pursue clinical practice in cardiac CT. The Clinical Practitioner label differentiates those applicants who demonstrate a continuing clinical commitment to cardiac CT beyond initial accreditation.

Initial Accreditation

Applicants should review the new application forms, which contain the detail of what is now required. The main change is that applicants applying for Initial Level 2 Accreditation after having been on a dedicated course must now provide a logbook of an additional 25 hospital/clinic-based cases, supplementary to the 150 cases covered on the course. By definition, classroom-based experience takes place in a non-clinical learning environment. If Level 2 Accreditation is to remain the minimum standard required for clinical practice, experience of cardiac CT in a clinical environment is mandatory. The additional 25 cases must be accrued in clinical practice. Applicants who consider the addition of this requirement onerous should also consider whether Level 2 Accreditation is truly appropriate for them.

Re-accreditation: Level 2 Clinical Practitioner

Initial accreditation is valid for 3 years. Re-accreditation at Level 2 requires demonstration of a minimum clinical activity of 100 cases per year over the prior Accreditation period. Hence, demonstration of 300 cases is required at the time of re-accreditation. Most applicants will have performed considerably more than this. In lieu of an exhaustive logbook, a letter from the Head of Department will suffice to confirm clinical activity, in addition to a detailed logbook of 25 cases.

Changes to Level 3 Accreditation

Application forms

Applicants for Level 3 Accreditation should use the ‘Application for BSCI Clinical Practitioner Accreditation in Cardiac CT’, regardless of whether they are making a first- time application for Level 3 Accreditation or are re-accrediting.

Upgrading Level 2 Accreditation to Level 3 at the time of re-accreditation

The BSCI/BSCCT recognises that many Level 2 practitioners undertake a more extended role in cardiac CT, with regular, on-going teaching and research activity. Level 3 Clinical Practitioner is designed as a badge to reflect this, where such additional contributions to the Cardiac CT community are substantial. Accordingly, all Level 2 practitioners who meet the criteria may, at the time of re-accreditation, apply instead to upgrade to Level 3 Accreditation. The required form is the same regardless, with additional criteria applicable to those wishing to upgrade. The criteria are listed on the application form but broadly require either Research or Teaching activity. It should be noted that isolated case reports will not count towards the research requirement and local departmental talks will notcount towards the teaching requirement. A good yardstick for teaching that will count towards the requirement is any teaching done on a course that accrues formal CPD from a learned body – e.g. Royal College of Radiology, Royal College of Physicians, National Radiology or Cardiology Societies etc.

Other comments

Please find below links to download the application forms for Accreditation in Cardiac CT. The original 2009 BSCI accreditation document remains available for information via the link below, but applicants are reminded that the requirements listed on the updated application forms supersede all other previous requirements.

All applications received prior to the time and date of updating the website will be honoured on the old application forms and assessed according to the criteria laid out on those forms. Any applications received on the old forms after the website update will require, at no further cost to the applicant, resubmission on the new forms. These applications will be judged against the updated criteria.

All applications will be assessed by two members of the Executive Committee, with the Lead for Accreditation arbitrating in cases of dispute. For all applications, the decision of the Executive Committee will be final.

The BSCI/BSCCT does not organise level 2 courses. However, information on available level 2 courses can be found here. (Note inclusion in this list does not denote endorsement by the BSCI/BSCCT)

Please note that accreditation is voluntary rather than mandatory and that it is not recognised by the GMC as a formal qualification.

Application forms 

 

Application for BSCI Clinical Practitioner Accreditation in Cardiac CT (Level 2 Clinical Practitioner – Re-accreditation only AND Level 3 – All applications)

BSCI cardiac CT logbook template