HQIP supports launch of major healthcare accreditation initiative

  • The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) is pleased to support the launch of a major health accreditation initiative, designed to improve patient care, provide consistency for clinicians, reduce the burden on healthcare regulators and help ensure value for money in healthcare.

    HQIP has been part of a collaboration of professional bodies forming the Clinical Service Accreditation Alliance (CSAA). This work culminated in November 2016 with the publication of six guidance, launched at an event at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS),  with the aim of providing a support suite for the set-up and management of accreditation schemes for clinical services that can be used in a number of ways, including as part of service redesign - available at

    Central to the remit of the CSAA since its 2013 inception, has been to ensure all affiliated schemes are patient-focused and clinician-led. Today’s launch event at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society sees 100 key delegates gather to hear speakers including CQC chief inspector of hospitals Professor Sir Mike Richards,

    NHS Providers CEO Chris Hopson and BSI director of standards Dr Scott Steedman.
    Delegates will also hear presentations from organisations already delivering and supporting accreditation-based practice such as British Liver Trust, Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS Trust and the Royal College of Anaesthetists, as they help develop the rollout of the CSAA resources.

    The CSAA’s work is now complete, with day to day development of its remit being taken on by HQIP, with governance from the CSAA Sponsor Group members (as well as HQIP, this comprises the Allied Health Care Professionals, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Physicians, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Royal College of Surgeons, and, going forward, the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

    HQIP CEO Jane Ingham commented: “Our intent is to work collaboratively with the Alliance founders to ensure clinical service accreditation is used to maximum effect to enhance patient outcomes.”

    The six free* resources comprise:

    1. Developing standards for clinical service accreditation schemes – produced in partnership with the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)
    2. Sharing and improving accreditation methodologies
    3. A map of clinical services groupings for the development of accreditation schemes
    4. A framework of standards for accrediting clinical services* - produced by BSI
    5. Information management, data and systems for clinical accreditation
    6. Support for development of accreditation schemes