» Imaging Service Accreditation
The Royal College of Radiologists and the College of Radiographers re-branded ISAS, the Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme, to become QSI, Quality Standard for Imaging at their national conference in Liverpool on 11 June 2019. There is no change to the standard or the UKAS approach, and we will work closely with the Colleges to deliver imaging service improvement objectives.
UKAS accreditation of imaging services is a patient-focused assessment that is designed to help diagnostic imaging services ensure that their patients consistently receive high quality services, delivered by competent staff working in safe environments.
UKAS assesses imaging services to ensure that the standards requirements are maintained through regular monitoring. Accreditation to standards is supported by NHS England, NHS Northern Ireland and NHS Wales, and recognised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Both UKAS and the Colleges provide a package of support to support services through the accreditation process which includes direct access to a dedicated UKAS assessment manager, access to the College Officer who can provide an informal visit to your service to talk to your team about the programme, one-day workshops, membership to a private LinkedIn group, and access to a bespoke online gap analysis tool.
“NHS England, NHS Improvement and the CQC are committed to, and strongly endorse, participation in accreditation schemes for diagnostic services. CQC will consider the accreditation status of diagnostic services as part of their assessment. It will use a Trust’s participation in these accreditation schemes, and their performance in these schemes, as evidence of quality and of the Trust’s commitment to quality improvement.” (October 2018)