THE Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering (MPACE) accreditation programme is to expand its remit to include rehabilitation engineering.
The UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) has undertaken pilot assessments under the MPACE scheme in the areas of radiotherapy physics and clinical engineering against the requirements of BS70000.
Following discussions between the MPACE Technical Advisory Committee and the rehabilitation engineering community via RESMaG, UKAS is now looking to extend the pilot scheme into the field of rehabilitation engineering.
UKAS would like to gauge the likely level of interest there may be from services that deliver posture and mobility services within rehabilitation engineering. The level of interest will assist UKAS in determining the best way forward for a pilot assessment programme for this area. Feedback from NHS Trusts, Health Boards and other organisations should be sent to DevelopmentEnquiries@ukas.com by 28 February. For more information, click here.
The MPACE scheme was developed at the request of NHS England and is supported by IPEM. UKAS accreditation provides confidence in the competence of an organisation to deliver reliable and safe services. In 2019, the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust became the first NHS Trusts to receive accreditation to BS70000 following the successful completion of a two-year pilot assessment.
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