RCP launches new liver accreditation scheme

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has officially launched its new exemplar liver accreditation programme, Improving Quality in Liver Services (IQILS). 

Having taken recommendations from pilot scheme Liver QuEST, the new online tool is open to all liver services across the UK, enabling them invaluable access to expertise and up-to-date guidance on improving standards and enhancing patient experience.

IQILS is supported by the British Association for the Study of the Liver (BASL) and the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) and has been shaped in partnership with the wider liver community, professional bodies, societies and patient groups. Thanks to the kind support of BASL, some services may also be eligible for an early bird discount.

Dr Roland Valori, Accreditation Unit clinical director, said:

The RCP is thrilled to be launching the first UK accreditation scheme for liver services. Adding to our portfolio of successful accreditation schemes, we are excited to be able to extend our experience and expertise further and wider, and therefore provide high-quality patient care to more people. 

Improving the quality, safety and outcomes of healthcare, the patient experience and service delivery sits at the heart of all our work, and I have every confidence in the success of the programme with the recent appointment of liver expert Dr James Ferguson as clinical lead of the liver scheme.

I'd also like to thank BASL, BSG and our friends in the wider liver community for their input and support in launching the scheme, helping us to ensure that the scheme is both patient focused and evidence based.

For more details regarding the scheme, how to sign up, and discount eligibility, email IQILS programme manager Madeline Corrigan: madeline.corrigan@rcplondon.ac.uk.