The quality in primary immunodeficieny services is an accreditation programme designed for immunodeficiency services in the UK. The Programme aims to improve quality of care and provide assurance to patients, referrers and commissioners about the service provided Run by the Royal College of Physicians, the programme evaluates the service against a set of standards, developed with multi-professional input. The QPIDS accreditation process involves self and external peer assessment to evaluate the service against a set of standards, to promote a culture of continuous quality improvement. The programme was developed in 2000, under the auspices of the UK Primary Immunodeficiency network (UKPIN) and then was managed by UKPIN until 2015, when the programme moved over to the Royal College of Physicians.
Why does QPIDS matter?
Accreditation has played in important role in driving change in many areas of healthcare, including in mental health and diagnostics. Our aim is for the QPIDS accreditation programme to promote similar improvement in immunodeficiency services. The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) chief inspector of hospitals has acknowledged that accreditation has a key part to play in hospital inspections and recognises the value of such programmes as information sources.
Recent evidence and the RCP’s experience in accreditation shows that participating:
- improves service delivery and quality of care for patients
- reduces variation in clinical services
- helps teams highlight and share good practice as well as where to focus their improvement efforts
- increases satisfaction with working conditions, leadership and accountability
- embeds quality improvement in everyday practice and supports teams to work collaboratively.