» CQC Recognition of Imaging Accreditation

CQC recognises the potential value of clinical service accreditation and peer-review schemes as information sources to support its inspections.  Such schemes have the potential to provide useful intelligence and provide independent assurance that accredited services meet standards.
The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) developed, in association with the cross‐college clinical services accreditation stakeholders advisory group, a set of criteria to help CQC determine schemes that can provide robust and reliable information for consideration ahead of and during inspections.
The CQC has worked with approved schemes to ascertain how best to incorporate information from the scheme.  Schemes will require written agreement with the participating services to permit that the results of assessments can be shared with the CQC.  In the interim, any publicly available information (for example accreditation status) will be taken into account in the CQC inspection methodology.

UKAS accreditation of imaging services is a CQC approved scheme.

Further information is available on the CQC website

Further information:

CQC, NHS England and NHS Improvement Letter to NHS Chief Executives