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10.0 Commissioning for standards (recommendations 123 – 137)

10.1 We point again to our partnership work with The Royal College of Radiologists and commend our joint Imaging Services Accreditation Scheme, a patient centred, developmental scheme that encourages continuous development, with full re-accreditation every four years and annual monitoring and evaluation throughout each four-year cycle. As noted previously, the ISAS standard is comprehensive, spanning the domains of safety, patient experience, clinical, and facilities, resources and workforce. 

10.2 Relative to radiotherapy services, these are externally accredited and operate to the ISO 9001 quality management standard. Additionally, in England, there is a set of national peer review measures against which services are audited. Our organisation contributes to the peer review measures work on an on-going basis and we will develop a standard similar to the ISAS standard for radiotherapy services.

10.3 Commissioners of clinical imaging and radiotherapy services should commission against these national standards which have been developed by the relevant professions in partnership with patients and service users. 

  • We expect all clinical imaging services to become ISAS accredited and all radiotherapy services to be externally accredited to the ISO 9001 quality management standard as well as to engage in periodic audit against the national peer review measures.
  • We expect commissioners of clinical imaging and radiotherapy services to commission services that are ISAS accredited (for clinical imaging) and are externally accredited to ISO 9001 (for radiotherapy services).

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