BSIR Safety & Quality

Application for Exemplar status is voluntary, and open to all UK sites undertaking Interventional Radiology.

Sites undertake self assessment based on the BSIR assessment proforma which can be accessed here

The next round of applications will take place in mid 2021. Self assessment questionnaires can be submitted by email to:

Questionnaires are reviewed by the BSIR Quality and Safety committee, and notified if they achieve exemplar or pilot site status.

The whole application is reviewed, but as a minimum exemplar centres will have to conform to the Provision of Interventional Radiology Services document and in particular have to be able to demonstrate:

  • Sepsis and haemorrhage control including nephrostomy (24/7), biliary drainage (24/7), abscess drainage (24/7), embolisation for GI haemorrhage, IVC filter insertion
  • Formal IR on call rota, 1 in 6 maximum frequency. Details of multisite or network rota if applicable
  • IR mortality and morbidity meeting
  • Use of WHO’s Safe Surgery/IR checklist and audit
  • (Written information for out patients)
  • Audit of patient consent
  • An example of service improvement. Consent from Local Lead will be obtained before publishing content on SQ section of BSIR website

Once a site gains exemplar status application for renewal will be invited every 4 years. 

Pilot sites may reapply annually, and will be invited to resubmit their application every 2 years.