What is accreditation?
Accreditation is independent recognition that an organisation, program, product or activity meets the requirements of defined criteria or standards. Accreditation provides assurance for owners, managers, staff, funding bodies and consumers about quality and performance.
Australia’s most comprehensive accreditation business
The APodC has engaged Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) - an experienced not-for-profit accreditation provider - to deliver and manage the Podiatry Practice Accreditation Program. QIP has more than twenty years’ experience in community service accreditation and more than ten years’ experience in allied health accreditation and related services.
QIP accredits across a wide spectrum of sectors including: day procedure services, dental practices, diagnostic imaging services, disability, housing, child and family services, health, mental health, aged care, Indigenous health and community services and many others.
QIP is part of the AGPAL Group of Companies which includes Australian General Practice Accreditation Limited (AGPAL), the leading general practice accreditation provider in Australia. AGPAL is also a not-for-profit, health promotion charity.
Podiatry practice accreditation
The APodC and QIP have worked in collaboration to develop the Podiatry Practice Accreditation Program.
The program is contemporary and responsive to the needs of the podiatry profession and provides a sound
evidence-based approach to accreditation. It focuses on the six National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards applicable to podiatry.
Who sets the Standards?
NSQHS Standards have been developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC). The primary aim of the NSQHS Standards to drive the implementation of safety and quality systems and improve the quality of health care in Australia NSQHS Standards provide a nationally consistent statement about the level of care consumers can expect from health service organisations.
Standards 1 - 6 are applicable to podiatry practices.
QIP is approved by the ACSQHC to provide NSQHS Standards accreditation.
Award of Accreditation
Once your practice has successfully completed the accreditation process and demonstrated compliance with the NSQHS Standards applicable to podiatry, you will receive three years accreditation from the date accreditation is awarded.
The award of accreditation is a significant achievement and something your practice team should be proud of.
All QIP accredited podiatry practices receive a certificate of accreditation in addition to a range of promotional
materials to support you in communicating this achievement to patients and the wider community. Your practice’s details will also be published on the QIP and APodC websites as an accredited practice.
QIP delivers accreditation and certification services nationally; from capital cities, to regional centres, and sites in rural and remote locations.
For further information or to register for your podiatry practice for accreditation with QIP, contact:
Phone: 1300 888 329
Visit Website: www.qip.com.au/podiatry
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