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Improving radiology services in Wales

27 November 2014

NHS radiology services across Wales will be assessed for quality and safety under the Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme (ISAS). This demonstrates the strong commitment by NHS Wales to delivering high quality services for all its patients.

The ISAS standard was developed by the College of Radiographers and The Royal College of Radiologists with patient involvement. It focuses on the safety and needs of patients as they undergo vital imaging tests to diagnose and help manage their illness or injury. Radiology services will be expected to not only meet the standard but also improve their services on a continuous basis.

Working together with the CoR, the RCR and the United Kingdom Accreditation Service which undertakes accreditation assessments for the colleges, NHS Wales is now drawing up a detailed implementation plan.   

Dr Andrew Goodall, chief executive of the NHS in Wales, said: “Every day, thousands of people across Wales receive first class, safe, compassionate care in our NHS. In a climate of austerity, the main driver behind prudent healthcare in NHS Wales is not about saving money, but ensuring people receive the best possible care from the available resources.

“I am delighted NHS Wales is embarking on the ISAS scheme, which promotes best practice by comprehensively addressing the patient experience, clinical effectiveness, patient and staff safety as well as the efficient utilisation of resources. Patients will benefit from knowing that the service has been rigorously assessed and monitored and that they will receive the same standard irrespective of where they are treated.”

Paul Roberts, chair of the National Imaging Programme Board and chief executive of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, said: “The NHS in Wales recognises the importance of such an accreditation scheme that focuses on the quality, safety providing both patient and service benefits from implementing such a robust and independent accreditation scheme for radiology services in Wales.”

Karen Smith, president of the Society and College of Radiographers said: “All healthcare professionals want to deliver high quality services and to see those services improve. ISAS is a rigorous process that shows that these ambitions are being met in diagnostic imaging. The NHS in Wales is demonstrating admirable leadership in seeking accreditation of all radiology services in the country.”

Dr Giles Maskell, president of The Royal College of Radiologists added: “Radiology services are central to medicine today and it is vital they are delivered to the highest possible standards. I congratulate NHS Wales on its decision to adopt ISAS for the benefit of all its patients”. 

Paul Stennett, UKAS chief executive welcomed the initiative to use accreditation to underpin the delivery of high quality diagnostic imaging services for all patients in Wales, saying: “I am delighted UKAS is able to deliver the accreditation and look forward to starting work on this new challenge.”

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Notes for Editor

1. For further information about ISAS go to http://www.isas-uk.org/Pre-application_Information.shtml

2. The Royal College of Radiologists has more than 9,700 Fellows and members worldwide, representing the specialties of clinical oncology and clinical radiology. The College sets and maintains the standards for entry to and practise in the specialties in addition to leading and supporting practitioners throughout their careers.

3. The College of Radiographers is the charitable subsidiary of the Society of  Radiographers, representing more than 27,000 radiographers and non-medical members of the workforce in diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy in the UK. The College's objects are directed towards education, research and other activities in support of the science and practice of radiography.

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