Accreditation provides independent and impartial recognition that a service demonstrates high levels of quality. This means that patients can feel confident in their liver service and be assured of receiving high quality consistent care.
It provides a sense of pride for the liver service in being able to show that it offers a high quality and safe service. Accredited departments can also be more attractive to potential employees and trainees.
There are many benefits of accreditation for services, commissioners and patients, including:
- independently measuring services against national standards and reducing variation
- demonstrating a service's dedication to improvement, patient safety and reducing risk
- improving value for money by increasing efficiency and improving patient experience
- raising the profile of a service across the organisation and leveraging support for investment
- helping teams highlight and share good practice as well as expert, targeted advice on where to focus your improvement efforts.
A number of the accreditation programmes managed by the Royal College of Physicians are supported by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Professor Ted Baker, CQC's Chief Inspector of Hospitals, says 'participation in approved accreditation schemes ... is an important way that providers can demonstrate they have robust processes for learning, continuous improvement and innovation and is something we consider in our assessments of independent and NHS providers'.