iCEPSS Accreditation Standard
Improving Clinical Engineering and Physical Science Services
A Quality Improvement and Accreditation Project.
Based upon the successful ‘Improving Quality in Physiological Science Services (IQIPS)’ programme, The Academy for Healthcare Science has been commissioned by the Chief Scientific Officer for NHS England to develop an accreditation standard and improvement programme for all Clinical Engineering and Physical Science services encompassed within healthcare science.
This is a joint project with the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) and Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM) leading on standards development together with representatives from a range of aligned professional groups.
The programme was launched in London on 9th January 2014. The event brought together keynote speakers from the Royal College of Physicians, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) and Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine together with stakeholder representatives from a wide range of professional bodies and organizations either using or providing physical sciences and engineering based healthcare science services.
From highly focussed patient services to cross cutting support services, the aim of the programme is to ensure the provision of high quality, innovative patient and service user focussed scientific services that are safe, efficient and effective and that reflect the latest technological developments. The standards are designed to support aspirational providers and inform commissioners.
The programme recognizes the commitment already made by many of these services to quality management systems and associated certification such as ISO 9001:2008, ISO 17025:2005 and ISO 13485:2012. To avoid duplication and administrative burden, the aim is to build upon these certification programmes to provide a service accreditation standard. It is proposed that this is linked to and extends the scope of existing standards such as ISO 15189:2012 that is used by Medical Laboratories.
A set of core standards and associated criteria are being developed across the following five domains. These will be complemented by compliance assessment measures to support an independent, peer accreditation process:
- Management, facilities and resources
- Workforce and training
- Safety and risk management
- Patient and service user experience
- Scientific Clinical Service.
The programme will provide a ‘Self Assessment Tool’ and ‘Knowledge Management Resource’ to support departments in seeking accreditation.