» British Academy of Audiology’s 14th Annual Conference: 16 – 17 November 2017, Bournemouth

05 June, 2017

UKAS will be attending the 14th Annual Conference of the British Academy of Audiology (BAA) in Bournemouth.  The BAA is the largest audiology conference in the UK, so it attracts a host of international speakers. The conference is multidisciplinary in its focus, allowing for participation from healthcare professionals in other related fields.

UKAS will be available to discuss the Improving Quality in Physiological Services (IQIPS) scheme. This is a professionally led programme with the aim of improving services, care and safety for patients undergoing physiological tests, examinations and procedures. The IQIPS standard is developed and owned by the professional bodies that represent the seven recognised physiology disciplines; audiology, cardiac physiology, gastro-intestinal physiology, neurophysiology, respiratory and sleep physiology, urodynamics and vascular science.   

UKAS accreditation against the IQIPS standard is fully endorsed by NHS England as it provides an essential framework for organisations that deliver those services to engage with NHS England objectives. This endorsement is confirmed in the NHS England position statement published in October 2016:  “We fully support a commissioning system focus on the prioritisation of accredited diagnostic services. We are confident that with continued resolute focus, accreditation will become the baseline standard for diagnostic services across the NHS in England.”

NHS England confirms that the CQC has agreed that its inspection teams will take account of accreditation status in their new inspection approach, and that they will also be asking commissioners to consider these schemes as essential when assessing good quality diagnostic services in future.

To find out how IQIPS could be of benefit to your organisation do visit us on stand number 28.