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9 November 2021

Sheffield Hospital Physiology departments celebrate another year of prestigious quality award

Three Physiology departments at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been awarded the Improving Quality in Physiological Services (IQIPS) accreditation, which they have now held for over five years running.

The departments which include Neurophysiology, GI Physiology and Hearing Services/Audiology received the accreditation following comprehensive assessment of its services by the accrediting body, United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

The IQIPS programme is professionally led with the aim of improving service quality, care and safety for patients undergoing physiological diagnostics and treatment. It is recognised by the Care Quality Commission and the process of self-assessment, improvement and accreditation offers the opportunity to share best practice and enhance efficiency, and provides a nationally recognised badge of quality.

Dr Rosalind Kandler, Consultant Neurophysiologist said: "We are very proud to have been awarded UKAS accreditation for the 6th year. Neurophysiology at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals is one of only a handful of UK departments to have gained this recognition and this year we have worked hard to extend the award to the large service we provide to Sheffield Children’s Hospital making it the first UKAS accredited dedicated paediatric neurophysiology department in the country. Achieving this success is a real team effort and all our staff, medical, physiological and administrative, have significantly contributed to the process. As the name implies Improving Quality In Physiological Services (IQIPS) is an on-going process and we continually strive to improve so that patients receive the best possible experience and they can be assured of the quality and safety of our service."

The services have now upheld the award for a number of years, with Audiology/Hearing Services and Gastrointestinal Physiology originally accredited in 2015 and Neurophysiology in 2016.

Gemma Pickering, a Clinical Scientist in the GI Physiology department at the Trust said: “The GI Physiology department was delighted to hear that we have maintained accreditation for IQIPs. We are a relatively small department within the Trust and so we are immensely proud of the achievement. This accreditation is recognition of the professionalism and hard work of all the staff to achieve this and gives patients the confidence that we provide a quality service and are compliant with the latest standards and good practice.”

Jennifer Hill, Medical Director (Operations) at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We are extremely proud of the physiology teams who have received IQIPS accreditation. Although IQIPS is a nationally respected and prestigious award, it is not mandatory, which means that these departments have voluntarily signed up to ensure they are providing the best possible standard of care to our patients, and we are delighted that they can be recognised for their commitment.”



Photo Caption: Neurophysiology Team


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