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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 customer organisations. 

The IQIPS scheme continues to be a professionally-led assessment and accreditation scheme that is designed to help healthcare 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.   

UKAS accreditation against the IQIPS Standard is fully endorsed by NHS England as it provides an essential framework for 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.”

UKAS accreditation is a tool that can be used to support the commissioning 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.

 

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