BIR launches new education approval scheme

BIR approval27 November 2015

The BIR has launched a scheme to approve educational and training events in the field of radiology and radiation oncology.  The BIR scheme determines that an educational activity meets a strict set of standards established and approved by the BIR’s accreditation committee with criteria relating to content, learning outcomes, teaching methods, and experience and skills of the presenters to deliver the event. This ensures that processes are in place to seek feedback on quality and educational value.

BIR approval Piramal 2Piramal Imaging’s Positron Emission Tomography (PET) reader training course to help detect beta-amyloid plaques in patients with cognitive impairment is the first educational training event to achieve BIR approved status.

BIR Chief Executive Jacqueline Fowler stated:

“Our accreditation committee has devised a rigorous and robust set of criteria and processes to guarantee that any educational activity submitted to our scheme reaches quality standards to ensure that patients are offered the highest standard treatment and diagnosis. We are delighted that Piramal has decided to seek BIR approval for its reader training course”

Welcoming the accreditation and Piramal’s commitment to clinician training, Dr. Vineet Prakash, Department of Nuclear Medicine, St Peter’s Hospital in Surrey, said:

“It is essential that appropriate steps are taken to introduce biomarkers into traditional AD diagnosis and this training accreditation will help lay the foundations to better inform and assist clinicians in AD diagnosis for future disease modifying drugs, which will lead to improved treatments for patients.

This is a first and important milestone for Piramal’s reader training programme as it recognises the educational content of the course for those involved in beta-amyloid PET imaging.

Dr Andrew Stephens, Chief Medical Officer for Piramal said:

“We are proud that the BIR has granted Piramal accreditation for our PET imaging reader training, a distinction that will benefit clinicians, patients and their care-givers, in the countries where this technology is being made available.

Image: (left to right) Dr Vineet Prakash, Piramal Reader trainer and Consultant in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Dr Sarah Adibi, Head of Education, BIR and  Michelle Van der Walt, Market Development Manager NW Europe , Piramal Imaging Ltd.

Find out more about the BIR approval scheme and how to apply here

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