» Physiological Services accreditation (IQIPS)

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Improving Quality in Physiological Services (IQIPS) is a professionally-led assessment and accreditation programme designed to improve services, care and safety for patients undergoing physiological science service tests, examinations and procedures. IQIPS accreditation is fully recognised by the CQC and is strongly supported by the Royal College of Physicians and NHS England.

IQIPS, which is sponsored by Professor Sue Hill OBE, Chief Scientific Officer for England, is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme available for physiological science services in the UK, and provides an essential framework for services to engage with NHS England Objectives. NHS England is fully committed to, and strongly endorses participation of diagnostic services in the IQIPS accreditation programme, as confirmed in their 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.”

IQIPS accreditation is available across eight physiological disciplines; Audiology, Cardiac physiology, Gastro-Intestinal physiology, Neurophysiology, Ophthalmic and vision science, Respiratory and sleep physiology, Urodynamics and Vascular science. Assessment is against the IQIPS Standards.

The need to drive up the quality of care for patients, whilst delivering efficiency and productivity is a key principle for commissioners of healthcare services, both local commissioners (CCGs) and national specialised commissioners in NHS England (NHSE). UKAS accreditation is a tool that can be used to support the commissioning of healthcare services that are safe, effective and that continually improve the experience for patients.

 

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If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the IQIPS team at askiqips@ukas.com