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Nuclear Medicine (MPACE) - Call for Expression of Interest 21/02/2019
UKAS has undertaken pilot assessments under its Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering (MPACE) scheme in the areas of Radiotherapy Physics and Clinical Engineering against the requirements of BS 70000. In discussion with the MPACE Technical Advisory Committee, British Nuclear Medicine Society (BNMS) and IPEM, UKAS is now looking to extend the scheme into the area of Nuclear Medicine. The MPACE scheme could provide external assurance on the competence of an organisation to deliver the following activities:
- Option 1 : Nuclear Medicine Physics Diagnostic Imaging Supporting Activities (covering Commissioning and QC of radiation detectors such as gamma cameras/PET scanners, radionuclide calibrators, Gamma counters)
- Option 2 : Nuclear Medicine Physics Diagnostic Supporting Activities (as option 1 but also include non-imaging activities, such as the analysis of blood samples for sample counting to provide physiological information)
- Option 3 : Nuclear Medicine Physics Diagnostics support and Therapeutic activities (as Option 1 or 2 and include the patient specific calculations and the administration of the therapeutic dose. In addition, the commissioning and maintenance of the therapy dose delivery systems)
- Options 4 : Nuclear Medicine (Full Nuclear Medicine pathway)
- Option 5 : Nuclear Medicine and Radiopharmacy (Options 1, 2, 3 or 4 plus Radiopharmacy)
UKAS would like to gauge the level of interest from organisations that deliver these services. The level of interest will assist UKAS in determining the best way forward for a pilot assessment programme for this area.
As this is an initial announcement to gauge demand, please feedback to UKAS (DevelopmentEnquiries@ukas.com) by Thursday 18th April 2019, including the following information:
- Name of Trust/Organisation
- Status of any current accreditation or certification covering the Nuclear Medicine activities
- The activities which you would be interested in being covered by BS 70000 accreditation.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact David Compton (email@example.com). Alternatively, please visit the UKAS stand at the BNMS Spring Meeting on the 1st-3rd April 2019.
MPACE Development Project Update - 27/11/2018
The MPACE pilot assessment programme has completed the following milestones in the areas of Radiotherapy Physics (RTP) and Clinical Engineering (CE):
- Workshop for pilot participants to review potential gaps in their current management system against the requirements of BS 70000 (March 2018)
- Pre-assessment visits where undertaken to separate Trusts (1 involved in RTP and CE) to review and identify any significant gaps in their systems against requirements of BS 70000. Representatives from the other Trusts were also present at these visits to gain a better understanding of the requirements and UKAS assessment approach. These pre-assessment visits were an addition to the original milestones as a result of feedback from the Workshops (July 2018)
- Eight Technical Experts received training in BS 70000 (3 days course) and have been observing UKAS assessments as part of their training.
- Assessment dates have been agreed with all pilot participants
- 3 Assessment have been completed, with 3 planned for early 2019.
UKAS is reviewing the outcome of the pilot assessment to identify trends and areas of improvement opportunities for the Trusts and specific disciplines. The assessment approach is also being refined during the visits. The outcome of these visits will be formally reviewed towards end of pilot to inform UKAS on the effort and assessment approach required for new applicants once the pilot is completed. The milestone for granting accreditation is being monitored based on the outcome of the assessments.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact David Compton at firstname.lastname@example.org
MPACE Development Project Update - 11/04/2018
UKAS is continuing to develop an accreditation scheme for clinical engineering and physical science services. The accreditation will be against the published British Standard BS 70000 Medical physics, clinical engineering and associated scientific services in healthcare – Requirements for quality, safety and competence.
As this standard is a new area of accreditation, UKAS invited expressions of interest to participate in a pilot assessment programme which has the following milestones:
- Sign up and application to pilot Terms of Reference – End January 2018
- Confirm participants in pilot – End February 2018
- Workshop for pilot participants – March 2018
- UKAS confirm assessment approach and arranging visits – End May 2018
- Visit to pilot participants – Between June – November 2018
- Review of Assessment Approach and Close out of findings – Q1 2019
- Confirmation that Accreditation is applicable – Q1 2019
- Grant of Accreditation – Q1 2019. All pilot participants will progress through the development project together, with all that have demonstrating compliance and competency in the two pilot areas being granted together in the first quarter of 2019. The organisations participating in the pilot are:
Clinical Engineering (Management of Medical Devices – Infusion and Anaesthetic/Ventilation devices)
- Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Health
- The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
- University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
Radiotherapy Physics (Treatment planning and quality assurance activities)
- Hull and East Yorkshire Hospital Trusts
- St Bartholomew’s Hospital
- Western Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland
Further information on the pilot assessment programme can be obtained from David Compton by emailing David.Compton@ukas.com.
Peer (Technical) Assessor Opportunities - 18/12/2017
UKAS is seeking Peer (Technical) Assessors to assist in the pilot assessments of the UKAS MPACE development project. Peer Assessors will be part of a team which will go into an organisation to confirm competency and compliance to the requirements of BS 70000. There will be a lead assessor, a UKAS employee, who will support the peer assessor throughout the visit. If you have experience in radiotherapy physics or the management of medical devices within a clinical engineering department and interested in supporting UKAS in this development project, please find more information regarding these opportunities on the UKAS Careers site:
Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering (MPACE)
Having been approached by NHS England (NHSE) and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), UKAS is developing accreditation for clinical engineering and physical science services.
This work will build on the work previously conducted to develop ‘iCEPSS’ and also the recently published British Standard BS 70000 Medical physics, clinical engineering and associated scientific services in healthcare – Requirements for quality, safety and competence.
UKAS has established a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) consisting of technical experts representing all the fields within this area, along with user and stakeholder representatives. At the last TAC meeting, it was agreed to rename the UKAS accreditation scheme from CEPPS to MPACE (Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering) so it is aligned with the title of the standard (BS 70000) that will be used as the criteria for UKAS accreditation.
In order to confirm the applicability of BS 70000 and develop the accreditation scheme and assessment approach, it has been agreed with the TAC to focus the development project on two technical areas in the first instance. After initial expression of interest to participate in a pilot scheme and subsequent responses from questionnaires sent to the interested parties, it has been agreed through the TAC that the two technical areas will cover the following activities:
- Treatment planning
- Delivery of treatment and monitoring (physics input)
- Purchasing and commissioning of equipment (cover validation, generation of radiation profiles)
- Quality assurance activities on equipment
- Maintenance, repair and calibration (in-house or managing external providers)
- IT support/software testing (in-house or managing department/suppliers of service)
Management of Devices within EBME:
- Infusion devices (high volume work) and anaesthetic devices (critical devices)
- Library of medical devices/internal and outpatient
Organisations who have already expressed an interest will be invited to a meeting on the 14th November 2017. This meeting will provide an outline of the pilot requirements along with details of the assessment approach and expectations. After this meeting interested parties will then be asked to formally signed up to pilot terms of reference.
For areas outside the scope of the initial pilot areas, UKAS will continue to work with the relevant experts in the different fields to develop the accreditation scheme in readiness for their inclusion after the pilot activities have been completed.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact David Compton at email@example.com.
Webinar - 15th August
UKAS participated in a webinar on 15th August 2017 that provided information about the UKAS accreditation programme for Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering Services (MPACE). It considered the links between certification standards and the process of accreditation and the implications for Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering services. A recording of the webinar is available below.
Download webinar (please note that you will need to register to view the webinar).
Download the webinar questions and answers here.