» The Functional Gut Clinic achieves UK’s first IQIPS accreditation for gastrointestinal physiology

01 October, 2014

The Functional Gut Clinic has become the first gastrointestinal organisation to be granted UKAS accreditation under the Improving Quality in Physiological Services (IQIPS) programme. The accreditation award is for the clinic’s range of gastrointestinal (GI) services carried out at its four clinics across London and Kent.

Dr Anthony Hobson PhD is a Consultant Clinical Scientist and Clinical Director at the clinic. He said. “The services we provide are complementary to conventional GI diagnostics and add value to the patient and Doctor experience. Therefore, it is very important to make sure we are performing to the highest standards. The IQIPS process gave us the opportunity to open ourselves up to a thorough assessment, receive valuable and constructive input from the IQIPS team on how we could make our service even better and then implement these improvements. We are very proud of becoming the first GI Physiology Service to obtain the UKAS / IQIPS standard and will wear it as a badge of honour.”

Dr Kerry Tinkler is the clinical lead for the IQIPS programme at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). She said. “It is fantastic to have the first accredited GI physiology service provider! This achievement of IQIPS accreditation by the Functional Gut Clinic marks real progress in the drive for patient focused high quality care and I hope that it will prompt other GI physiology services to join the IQIPS programme. Achieving accreditation provides reassurance of the high quality of the service for patients, users of the service and commissioners as well as being a ‘badge’ of quality that the staff can be proud of, well done to all at the Functional Gut Clinic”

Paul Stennett, UKAS Chief Executive said: “UKAS has been working closely with RCP on a plan for the staged roll out of accreditation to each IQIPS specialism. I am therefore delighted that The Functional Gut Clinic has achieved the first gastrointestinal IQIPS accreditation, to add to those already awarded in the audiology and vascular science disciplines.”

Dr Hobson is encouraging peers to consider IQIPS accreditation as he believes it will ensure that standards of clinical practice are up to date throughout the industry. He said. “At some centres where accreditation is not high on the agenda the standards of operation may be lower. By going through, and hopefully achieving, the IQIPS accreditation process, more centres will be able to improve and update their practices, raising standards across the board. Meeting the highest possible standards is something we should all aim for as professionals and as a discipline.”