HQIP accredited by DH 'Information Standard' scheme

14 February 2011

HQIP has received confirmation of accredited status with The Information Standard - the scheme developed by the Department of Health to help the public identify trustworthy health and social care information easily.

At the heart of the scheme is a set of criteria that defines good quality health or social care information and the methods needed to produce it. To achieve the standard, organisations have to show that their processes and systems produce information that is: ‘accurate, impartial, balanced, evidence-based, accessible and well-written'.

"At HQIP we work hard to produce information and guidance that makes a real difference to the professional lives of those that work in clinical audit and healthcare quality improvement and that is valuable and trustworthy for patients," commented HQIP chief executive Robin Burgess. "To have that recognised by the Department of Health via The Information Standard means a great deal. We will shortly be adding the quality mark to all our publications."

The assessment of information producers is provided by independent certification bodies accredited by The United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Organisations that meet The Standard can place the quality mark on their information materials and their website - a reliable symbol of quality and assurance.

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