Stages towards QSI accreditation
- Stage 0: Start the conversation. You want to find out more about the QSI process. Services can informally start working on the QSI.
- Stage 1: Start the process. You apply for a business case for QSI staff and, if possible, accreditation costs.
- Stage 2: Gap analysis and dedicated staff. You are working through the initial stages of a gap analysis.
- Stage 3: Service development. In the service development phase, you will create action plans, policies and procedures to meet the standard.
- Stage 4: Apply for accreditation. You apply for accreditation with UKAS or have a rolling QSI quality programme.
- Stage 5: Accreditation and continuous quality improvement. You have been successfully accredited and have adopted a continuous cycle of quality improvement.
The role of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)
UKAS is the independent accreditation body for the UK. NHS England/Improvement and the Care Quality Commission in England recommend UKAS accreditation. UKAS accreditation is supported by the statutory healthcare bodies across the UK.
UKAS works with the colleges to support services that want to apply for independent accreditation. The QSI process helps services to build the evidence base for accreditation.
UKAS will independently assess and accredit services that apply for QSI accreditation. This demonstrates that the imaging service has the systems in place to be competent, safe and effective, with a continuous cycle of quality improvement. The full list of accredited services can be found on the UKAS website.