Benefits of the Quality Standard for Imaging (QSI)

What QSI 2021 means for radiology departments and imaging services

The QSI is a collaboration between The Royal College of Radiologists and the College of Radiographers (the Colleges). The staged approach to quality improvement offered by the Colleges will help support you in reaching your service performance and quality goals.

QSI can also support you in meeting professional guidance recommendations. Compliance with existing regulations is already a requirement for service delivery. You will find that your service already meets many of the standards. Enhanced support from the Colleges should make it more manageable and achievable to get recognition for your commitment to quality and safety.

There will be no charge for the support made available through the Colleges. UKAS will continue to charge fees for assessment and accreditation. 

Services that are in the TLR system or are already accredited

Enhanced support is available through the Colleges’ development and support tool (.xlsx). Your allocated UKAS assessment manager will support you during the assessment process for the new standard.

Services that have a CQC rating of excellent/good

The CQC and devolved nation equivalents regulate services according to rules and guidance. Following these is a legal requirement. The QSI considers quality with specific reference to imaging services. Imaging services must meet their legal obligations via the CQC and other healthcare regulators.  

If you have met the QSI, this shows you have approval from a professional body that you have met an external standard that exceeds the baseline requirements of regulators. It also embeds a culture of quality improvement within your team.  

Services with no interest in accreditation

The QSI helps services to develop quality improvement, building on their existing evidence base. Through the standard, all the evidence healthcare regulators need will be available in your quality management system. It will also help to embed a culture of quality improvement across your service. 

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Contact our Quality Improvement Partners

Our Quality Improvement Partners can provide further information and support for implementing the standard in your service. Please email