IQIPS Accreditation – Improving Quality in Physiological Services

ARTP logoThe Association for Respiratory Technology and Physiology are delighted to announce that the Respiratory and Sleep Unit at the University Hospitals of Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust has successfully been awarded IQIPS Accreditation following comprehensive review of its services and facilities by the accrediting body UKAS.

The assessment involved a comprehensive review of all policies and procedures including a 2 day visit by the inspection team comprising assessment managers, technical/professional assessors and patient /lay representation.

The service becomes the first Respiratory/Sleep service to receive this prestigious recognition for service quality, care and safety. Compliance to the standards benchmarks and recognises the high quality care that the service offers to its patients and its commitment to continually review and improve services, offering the highest quality of services to patients with respiratory and sleep disorders.

The Respiratory and Sleep department successfully met all of the 26 IQIPS standards, including areas of exceptional practise across the following 4 domains:
• Patient Experience
• Safety
• Facilities, Resources and Workforce
• Clinical

Service Manager Joanna Shakespeare said, “As a department we are really proud to be the first respiratory and sleep department to complete the IQIPs accreditation process. Every member of the team has actively contributed to the process and we have seen the improvements that it has made to our service. Prior to starting the accreditation process we felt that we were providing a good service to our patients however by undertaking self-assessment and accreditation we identified gaps in our policies and procedures that we were unaware of. Our service is much more patient focused as a result of this process.

We recognise that we continually need to assess and modify our service to continue to improve and the IQIPs accreditation process will facilitate this. It hasn’t been easy and a lot of time and effort has gone into completing the process however I can honestly say that it has been worth it for the obvious improvements that it has brought.

I would like to acknowledge the support of the whole team, physiologists, scientists, nurses and administrative staff, as without their support it would not have been possible. In addition the support of the senior management team and clinical director has been vital to us successfully completing the process.”

ARTP would like to acknowledge and congratulate Joanna and her team on this excellent achievement and look forward to more services now working towards accreditation. For more information and to get involved with the IQIPS programme, please visit www.iqips.org.uk.