» Step 1 – Getting Started

Getting Started

  • Gain an understanding of how accreditation can benefit your organisation (by reading the brochures and case studies and by talking to accredited organisations).
  • Read the standard to familiarise yourself with its requirements
  • Read Imaging 1: The Conduct of UKAS Assessment for Imaging Services to familiarise yourself with the assessment and accreditation process.
  • Review the Guidance for producing a Business Case in preparation for presenting your case to apply for accreditation to the Trust Board and Senior Management Team.
  • You can contact the UKAS Team direct via email: ImagingCustomerService@ukas.com
  • You can also contact the QI Partner at the Colleges on qsi@sor.org to arrange a meeting with you and your team to gain a more detailed understanding of how accreditation could add value to your organisation/service and what is entailed.
  • Ensure that your Trust Board and the Senior Management Team are fully committed and supportive of your participation.
  • View the  Route Map For Imaging Services for gaining accreditation.

Pre-Application Preparation

  • Register with UKAS for ‘The Refundable Package’. This gives you access to the ‘Traffic Light Ready’ (TLR) online self-assessment system and two delegate places on the one-day ‘Preparation for Accreditation Workshop’. Any fee paid for this support package is fully refunded, if you formally apply for accreditation within 12 months.
  • Join the LinkedIn group to network and share with other organisations/services going through the assessment and accreditation process.
  • Set up an internal core multi-disciplinary project group to undertake your self-assessment to look at what you already have in relation to what the standard requires you to have in place
  • Use the TLR online system to carry out a gap analysis to identify areas that need addressing.
  • Use the information from the gap analysis to prepare a project plan – actions, responsibilities, timelines and resources.
  • Consider who will co-ordinate and manage the development work identified – if necessary use the guidance available within the TLR system to write your business case.
  • If possible, assign a project lead with quality management experience who has time to dedicate to working on your implementation project.
  • In line with your project plan review and update documents that describe your current ways of working (local policies, procedures and record keeping arrangements), conduct regular audits, raise awareness and train/re-train staff as necessary.

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