» Aintree University Hospital granted first NHS IQIPS accreditation

16 June, 2013

The Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has become the first NHS organisation to become UKAS accredited under the Royal College of Physicians’ (RCP) Improving Quality in Physiological diagnostic Services (IQIPS) programme. Accreditation has been granted by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for the audiology services delivered at Aintree University Hospital, the May Logan Centre in Bootle and the St Chad’s Centre in Kirby.

The IQIPS programme covers the range of physiological diagnostic specialisms, including audiology, cardiac physiology, gastrointestinal physiology, neurophysiology, ophthalmic and vision science, respiratory and sleep physiology, urodynamics and vascular science. UKAS has been contracted by RCP to deliver the national assessment and accreditation service for all eight physiological diagnostic specialisms, as independent assessment and accreditation is a key part of the programme.

Upon being granted accreditation Tony Kay, Head of Audiology Services at Aintree University Hospital, said. “I am delighted that our Audiology service is the first NHS organisation to be granted accreditation by UKAS against the IQIPS standards. This demonstrates the hard work and dedication of the audiology team. The accreditation will demonstrate to patients and commissioners that we provide a quality service, which is extremely important now that patients can choose their NHS hearing aid provider.” Catherine Beardshaw, Chief Executive of the hospital, added: “I am delighted that our Audiology team has received this accreditation, which reflects the quality service they deliver for our patients.”

Paul Stennett, UKAS Chief Executive, said. “Congratulations to Aintree University Hospital on becoming the first NHS organisation to achieve UKAS accreditation to the IQIPS standard. This gives its patients the confidence that its audiology services are compliant with the latest standards and good practice and shows that it is constantly working to develop and improve both clinical and patient-related outcomes. UKAS accreditation already underpins a wide range of healthcare services in both the public and private sectors. The IQIPS programme is another example of UKAS accreditation effectively advancing the quality agenda within the healthcare sector and assuring patients about the quality of services that they receive.”

Dr Kerry Tinkler, the clinical lead for the IQIPS programme at the Royal College of Physicians, said: “Raising clinical standards is at the centre of the work at the RCP and we are keen to support multidisciplinary team working with all our professional colleagues. The team at Aintree University Hospital have set a fantastic example for other services in achieving this IQIPS Accreditation and really demonstrate that teams working together can bring improved quality of care for patients.

IQIPS Accreditation involves assessment against a standard that has been professionally developed by an expert group of over 80 healthcare scientists, doctors and other professionals. All these professionals are involved in physiological science services and we have carried out extensive piloting and consultation. Attaining IQIPS Accreditation provides confidence: for patients and commissioners it can provide reassurance of the quality of the service and for staff it is a ‘badge’ of quality indicating confidence in their work and the service they provide.”

IQIPS has been sponsored by Professor Sue Hill, Chief Scientific Officer at the Department of Health. For further information on the IQIPS programme please visit http://www.iqips.org.uk/