Recognition by the Care Quality Commission
The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) chief inspector of hospitals has acknowledged that accreditation has a key part to play in hospital inspections, recognising the value of such schemes as information sources. Additionally, the Any Qualified Provider (AQP) and Best Practice Tariff programmes recognise the accreditation schemes run by the Royal College of Physicians as the standard of quality for commissioning of services. QPIDS is working towards such recognition and once received, will mean that accredited services undergo a light-touch inspection when inspected by the CQC.
NHS England service specification
The NHS England service specification for specialised immunology and allergy services states that ‘all centres should participate and actively work towards… accreditation’ and commitment to gaining achieving accreditation is a prerequisite for the commissioning of these specialist services receiving referrals from primary care. Therefore, services must engage with the scheme and work towards accreditation in order to achieve specialist status for allergy or immunology.
"Standards need to be formulated to promote the likelihood of the service being delivered safely and effectively, to be clear about what has to be done to comply, to be informed by an evidence base and to be effectively measurable."
Robert Francis QC, Chairman, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry Report, 2013
The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) has produced a briefing for healthcare commissioners on how accreditation assists commissioning for quality, available for download from the UKAS website.