The BSCI/BSCCT Accreditation process has once again been updated. Several grey areas were identified during application reviews over the last year and this generated significant discussion and email traffic between applicants, the Accreditation Committee and the BSCI/BSCCT Secretariat. As a result, we have refined the forms and a brief summary of some of the changes is given below. Applicants should review the forms themselves for full details.
Please note that we will continue to accept applications on the old forms until 5pm on Friday 29thNovember 2019. After this, any applications not completed using the new forms will be rejected and returned to the applicant.
Level 2 Accreditation
Applications for Level 2 Accreditation are 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 Level 2 Clinical Practitioner & Level 3 Accreditation in Cardiac CT’, indicating on the form the level of re- accreditation for which they are applying.
The purpose of the distinction is to reflect the fact that some applicants attend a cardiac CT training 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.
The main changes to the new process are:
- ‘Hospital-based training’
- Applicants must now have their Verification of Hands-On Practice signed by a practitioner accredited to at least BSCI/BSCCT Level 2 Clinical Practitioner standard. The person signing the form must provide their level of accreditation, accrediting body and membership number. BSCI/BSCCT ‘Level 2 Initial’ accredited practitioners are not eligibleto sign this form.
- The same person should also confirm that the applicant has been supervised in practice by a practitioner accredited to at least BSCI/BSCCT Level 2 standard. ‘Level 2 Initial’ Accreditation issuitable for day-to-daysupervision providing overallsupervision of training is by a practitioner accredited to at least BSCI/BSCCT Level 2 Clinical Practitioner standard.
- ‘Course-based training’
- As a minimum, courses must now be led by a practitioner accredited to at least BSCI Level 2 Clinical Practitioner standard. Level of accreditation and accrediting body must be provided.
- If a course certificate is submitted as evidence of relevant cardiovascular CT CPD, the certificate should confirm specifically that the content areas highlighted in Section 3 of the application have been covered. A course programme indicating the lecture content will also suffice.
- Applicants must now meet a time criterion by which they must apply for accreditation. Courses completed more than 24 monthsprior to accreditation application will not count towards the accreditation requirement. Such applicants who wish to apply for accreditation either should have accrued enough cardiac CT cases in clinical practice to apply via the Hospital-based route or will need to attend another course to top up training.
- Those applying within 12 months of the course must submit 25 dated, anonymised but otherwise complete cardiac CT reports. A list will no longer suffice. These cases are supplementary to the 150 cases covered on the course. Studies must have been performed in the interval between completion of the course and accreditation application.
- Those applying between 12 and 24 months after completing a relevant course must submit a summary logbook of an additional100 cases, as well as providing 25 dated, anonymised but otherwise complete cardiac CT reports. These are supplementary to the 150 cases covered on the course. Studies must have been performed in the interval between completion of the course and accreditation application.
Level 2 Clinical Practitioner
- Applicants must now have their Verification of Hands-On Practice signed by a practitioner accredited to at least BSCI/BSCCT Level 2 Clinical Practitioner standard. BSCI/BSCCT Level 2 Initial accredited practitioners are not eligible to sign this form.
- 25 dated, anonymised but otherwise complete cardiovascular CT reports must accompany the application.
- Applicants applying direct for Level 2 Clinical Practitioner Accreditation (i.e. no previous accreditation at Level 2 or above) must complete Section 3, which evidences their core training in cardiovascular CT. Applicants should pay particular attention to the CPD requirement, which is mandatory for a successful direct application to this accreditation level. Applicants with cardiovascular CT accreditation from other societies may be allowed to use their accreditation certificates as evidence – please review the application form for details.
- As before, applicants to Level 2 Clinical Practitioner accreditation who have a more extended role in Cardiovascular CT than simply providing a clinical service may opt instead to upgrade to Level 3. Specific criteria are listed on the same application form and some other detail is provided below.
Changes to Level 3 Accreditation
Applicants for Level 3 Accreditation should use the ‘Application for BSCI Clinical Practitioner Accreditation in Cardiac CT’.
Other than the changes highlighted above (Level 2 Clinical Practitioner), there is one other change to the requirements for Level 3 accreditation. The BSCI/BSCCT recognises that practitioners are increasingly adopting national and international leadership roles in cardiovascular CT, such as National Society Committee work or participation in Guideline Development Committees. Accordingly, ‘Leadership in Cardiovascular CT’ has been added to ‘Teaching’ and ‘Research’ as a qualifying category for Level 3 accreditation.
The Accreditation Committee will accept letters of support on formal letterhead from Presidents and Chairpersons of relevant Societies and Groups, which must state explicitly the scope of the applicant’s leadership role in cardiovascular CT.
As before, applications to Level 3 are much more likely to be successful if the applicant demonstrates a broad range of research, teaching and leadership activities outside of providing a clinical cardiac CT service. The Accreditation Committee will judge the extent to which an applicant meets the criteria for Level 3 accreditation and their decision is final. Applicants with a relatively thin commitment in only a single domain may be recommended for Level 2 Clinical Practitioner rather than Level 3 accreditation.
Please find below links to download the application forms for Accreditation in Cardiac CT. All applications will be assessed by 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.