QSI Quality Mark Expert Reviewer: ‘Your chance to improve standards across the UK’

The RCR has announced its new Quality Mark Review scheme, seeking expert reviewers to cover modalities and areas of specialism

Published: 17 June 2024 Career & Role Development

The College of Radiographers and the Royal College of Radiologists are seeking radiographers to join their new Quality Mark Review scheme, to influence and improve standards across the country.

As part of the scheme, applicants will form teams of two expert reviewers, a lay reviewer, and a Quality Review Partner.

These teams assess imaging services against Quality Standards for Imaging (QSI) standards - a joint initiative between the two colleges - ensuring they are applied objectively and equitably across participating services, and contribute to the final report to ensure it accurately reflects outcomes agreed during the review visit.

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The teams will cover specific modalities and areas of specialism. Formal training will be provided by the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) and the College of Radiographers.

'Complexities of high-quality service delivery'

Expert reviewers will:

  • Be experienced medical and clinical staff
  • Be equipped with the relevant knowledge and skills to conduct a review
  • Have a good understanding of the QSI Standards and how they can be interpreted and evidenced.

They engage with other imaging services to understand how they are tackling the complexities of high-quality service delivery, and gain in-depth insight into how best to approach similar circumstances in their own trust.

This puts reviewers in a “great position” to improve on particular sticking points.

'An interest in quality improvement'

Reviewers also network to widen the professional community, which will help them to attain CPD points.

Reviewers are compensated for their time, either directly through the QSI Scheme or through their individual services. Expenses incurred whilst reviewing are also covered.

The RCR added it is seeking reviewers who have an interest in quality improvement, learning, and helping others improve.

There is no limit to tenure, but maintaining competency levels with training is required. If clinically retired, this position has a two-year term. Maintaining membership/fellowship of the RCR or CoR is an essential requirement. 

Reviews for the formal process will not start until later this year, with pilots being delivered between the middle of July and the end of September. 

To find out more about the role and to apply, visit the SoR jobs board here.