We receive prestigious IQIPS accreditation
10 November 2017

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust receives prestigious IQIPS accreditation

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) has been praised by the National Deaf Children’s Society for becoming one of the first community NHS trust in England to receive prestigious accreditation for its children’s  audiology service across West Sussex and Brighton & Hove.

The children’s audiology team has achieved IQIPS (Improving Quality in Physiological Services) status. This badge of quality shows they are meeting standards set by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and providing deaf children with the very best care. SCFT signed up to the IQIPS voluntarily to show that it provides the highest standard of care.  

Linda Willmott, Head of Child Development and Children and Young People’s Therapy Services, SCFT said: “Children learn and socialise through hearing, so good audiology services can be vital to a deaf child’s success in life. This accreditation is testament to the hard work of our children’s audiology team. Parents and carers of deaf children in West Sussex and Brighton & Hove can be assured that we provide high quality care.

"I would like to extend my thanks to the whole team for the incredible work they put into achieving this accreditation and for Vanessa Sharp's drive and leadership in making it happen." 

The team from Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust had to submit evidence about the experiences of service users, their facilities, safety and the quality of the service to receive the accreditation. IQIPS assessors visited to judge first-hand how the audiology service operates in practice.