» First NHS Teaching Hospital Accredited by UKAS

26 January, 2011

Staff across Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are thrilled to become the first NHS diagnostic imaging service provider and the first pilot site to be fully accredited against the ISAS Standard by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

On hearing the news of their award, Dr Graham Hoadley, Consultant Radiologist and National Clinical Lead for Service Improvement, said: “We are so pleased at receiving this ISAS accreditation and particularly proud to be the first radiology/diagnostic imaging service to do so within the NHS. This confirms the high standards of care delivered by our team. We have a long history of effective service improvements in radiology/diagnostic imaging and this is a well deserved reward for all our efforts. We are passionate about giving our patients peace of mind when making use of our services, and we believe that with this accreditation we can now demonstrate this commitment better than ever.”

The Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has a staffing complement of about 4,500 serving a population of approximately 330,000 residents across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre and almost 12 million holidaymakers who visit the area every year.

The Trust’s accreditation covers the range of diagnostic imaging services delivered across the Trusts five sites: Blackpool Victoria Hospital; Fleetwood Hospital; Clifton Hospital; Whitegate Health Centre; and Lytham Primary Care Centre. In recommending the accreditation the assessment team commended the Trust on its proactive approach to service improvements highlighting many areas of good practice in service delivery, innovative skills mix and high levels of implementation of staff appraisals.

On presenting the certificate to Dr. Kane, Consultant in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Paul Stennett, UKAS CEO, said: “UKAS is delighted to present this accreditation certificate which acknowledges the tremendous efforts made by all parties to be the first NHS provider to be accredited to the ISAS Standard. By participating in the accreditation process, Blackpool has not only shown its willingness to be open and transparent, but also that it is constantly working to develop and improve both clinical and patient-related outcomes.”

On receiving the award Dr. Kane said: “It is a great honour to be accepting this certificate on behalf of all our staff at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. I’m aware a lot of hard work went into the initial preparation and we look forward to continuing to work to maintain and improve performance and to annual monitoring by UKAS of how we are doing”.

Dr. Tony Nicholson, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Clinical Radiology, The Royal College of Radiologists, added: “Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust can be very proud of being at the forefront of accreditation. Patients can be very sure that when they enter the radiology/diagnostic imaging department in Blackpool they will receive a safe first class service.”

Richard Evans, The Society and College of Radiographers, CEO, commented: “This accreditation recognises not only a great deal of work but also many years of commitment by the whole team in Blackpool towards developing and promoting quality diagnostic imaging services. It is particularly timely for the first NHS based service to gain accreditation. As the pathfinder GP commissioning consortia begin to explore how to obtain the best services for patients, Trusts such as Blackpool that can demonstrate objective quality measures should be obvious choices for commissioners and patents alike.”

Blackpool’s achievement follows the successful accreditation of two further diagnostic imaging service providers. The Cobalt Unit Appeal Fund (Cheltenham Imaging Centre) achieved their accreditation in early November 2010, and 4 Ways Healthcare received their award during early January 2011.