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Accreditation Unit

What we are doing

Accreditation is a supportive process of evaluating the quality of clinical services and promotes quality improvement through highlighting areas of best practice and areas for change, encouraging the continued development of the clinical service. 

The RCP has a long history of driving up high quality care by setting standards against what good practice should look like. The Accreditation Unit at the RCP manages a range of accreditation programmes, with the aim of improving the quality, safety and experience of patients and improving service delivery.

We do this by developing standards with a multi-professional group of clinicians, managers and patients and working to an accreditation pathway which involves self-assessment and improvement against the standards. Accredited services submit evidence annually to demonstrate that they are continuing to meet the standards and have a 5-yearly on-site assessment carried out by our experienced assessment team.

The Accreditation Unit also supports the quality assurance process and certification of endoscopy trainee practitioners.

Why accreditation is essential

Accreditation is a voluntary process for services to engage with. It is a team-led process and acts as an indicator of quality for patients, services, commissioners and the wider community.

Benefits of accreditation include:

  • Raising the profile of a service across the organisation and leveraging support for investment
  • Independently measuring services against national standards and reducing variation
  • The opportunity to showcase the achievements of a service and the quality provided to patients
  • Inspiring services to continue to achieve increasingly high standards
  • Demonstrating a service’s dedication to improvement, patient safety and reducing risk.

Put simply, accreditation means that patients can have increased confidence in their service and be assured of receiving high quality consistent care. 

Hear from clinical services about the benefits of accreditation

Accreditation is supported by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and a number of our RCP accreditation programmes have already been recognised as an information source to inform inspections.

Our accreditation programmes

The Accreditation Unit manages accreditation programmes in a number of clinical services including:

Within our JAG endoscopy programme, we also support the delivery of high quality and standardised training for the endoscopy workforce. We have designed an e-portfolio to allow endoscopy trainees to record their endoscopic experience in order to demonstrate their performance and competence in core endoscopic procedures. In addition JAG oversees the bowel cancer screener accreditation panel and developed the National Endoscopy Database, which collects live procedure data from endoscopy units across the UK into one central database.

This further supports the delivery of excellent patient care by ensuring endoscopists are continually developing their practice. More information about this can be found on the JAG website.  

Get involved

If you are interested in working with us to develop an accreditation programme in your clinical service, or have any other queries, please do not hesitate in contacting the team on +44 (0)20 3075 1620 or accreditation@rcp.ac.uk.

What we have produced

The RCP offers a range of accreditation services, with the aim of improving the quality, safety and outcomes of healthcare, the patient experience and service delivery. 
The CSAA is a collection of colleges, professional bodies, regulators, commissioners and patients who have come together to standardise and improve the quality of healthcare service accreditation.