» Physiological Services accreditation (IQIPS)
As of April 1st 2017 the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) assumed full responsibility for the management and delivery of the Improving Quality in Physiological Services (IQIPS) accreditation scheme. Previous to that date, the scheme was managed jointly with the Royal College of Physicians. This change in management was made to streamline the approach to preparation for assessments, and also on-going maintenance of accreditation for all IQIPS provider organisations.
The IQIPS scheme continues to be a professionally-led assessment and accreditation scheme that is designed to help healthcare provider organisations ensure that patients receive consistently high quality services, tests, examinations and procedures delivered by competent staff working in safe environments.
The IQIPS Standard will continue to be developed and owned by the professional bodies that represent the eight recognised physiology disciplines; audiology, cardiac physiology, gastro-intestinal physiology, neurophysiology, ophthalmic and vision science, respiratory and sleep physiology, urodynamics and vascular science. See the list of the representative members of the Accreditation Clinical Advisory Group (ACAG).
UKAS accreditation against the IQIPS Standard is fully endorsed by NHS England as it provides an essential framework for provider 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.”
Professional bodies, including the National Deaf Children's Society, the Society for Cardiological Services and Technology, the British Cardiovascular Society, and the Association for Respiratory Technology & Physiology all recommend that services should become IQIPS accredited to demonstrate compliance with professionally developed standards.
UKAS accreditation is a tool that can be used to support commissioning in the provision of healthcare services that are safe, effective and continually improve the experience for patients. As such accreditation aligns closely to a key objective of both local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and national specialised commissioners in England, to drive up the quality of care for patients, whilst delivering efficiency and productivity.
The accredited provider organisation must demonstrate that it have systems in place (procedures, protocols, policies, equipment, facilities, resources and workforce which are routinely implemented and regularly audited) to provide competent, safe and effective services to all users whether at its static, mobile and or domiciliary, including residential or nursing homes, settings. Each part of the service provision is assessed by UKAS as a separate element, and each must conform with the requirements of the IQIPS standard.
- An Introduction to IQIPS
- IQIPS Preparation for Accreditation Workshops
- How to apply for accreditation
- How to apply to become an IQIPS Assessor
- Details of IQIPS accredited customers
- IQIPS Standards & the web-based tool
- A Guide for Commissioners
- NDCS Report - Lessons from accredited paediatric audiology services. Why commission and provide an IQIPS accredited service.
- Accreditation - delivering patient safety