From 1 April 2017 the governance of the Improving Quality in Physiological Services (IQIPS) accreditation programme will no longer be hosted by the Royal College of Physicians.
Following a period of transition and transformation, the scheme will be wholly hosted by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The transition of the scheme from the RCP to UKAS will impact the governance and logistics, but will have a limited impact on services continuing their progression towards achieving the accreditation standard.
Kerry Tinkler, clinical lead for IQIPS, said:
The IQIPS programme has been operational for over 4 years and has seen fantastic improvements in the standards of physiological services. It has been a pleasure and honour to lead the programme and I look forward to watching its continued success as the harmonisation across scientific and diagnostic services unfolds.
I am grateful to UKAS for taking the programme forward and will continue to work to support the transition over the coming months.
All registered services will continue to have access to the Self Assessment and Improvement Tool (SAIT) until June 2017, if requested. UKAS will contact existing registered services shortly to ensure that they continue to receive support through the early stages of implementing the IQIPS standard and applying for accreditation. All other requirements will remain the same.
Any questions or queries should be sent to IQIPS programme manager Madeline Corrigan at email@example.com.
IQIPS is a professionally-led accreditation programme for physiological services, supporting improvements in the quality of care delivery, covering four domains:
- patient experience
- resource and workforce
- safety and clinical delivery.