Improving liver services in the UK

 

 

We're delighted to announce that the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) has officially launched its exemplar liver accreditation programme, Improving Quality in Liver Services (IQILS). This means that liver services accross the UK can access invaluable expertise and the latest guidance on improving standards and enhancing patient experience. Accreditation is achieved when the liver service demonstrates that they are meeting a series of standards where patients at the heart of their service. Martine Walmsley, Chair of Trustees, PSC Support, contritubuted to the development of IQILS through the pilot scheme Liver QuEST as the lead patient representative on the project, and will contnue to support the initiative to improve our liver services through her paricipation in the IQILS steering group.

Martine said, “IQILS represents an important step for liver services and we must see liver services engaging and gaining accreditation. Currently there is an alarming disparity in the provision of liver services between different regions of the UK. IQILS provides a framework that not only supports the delivery of high-quality liver care but will also allow patients to make informed decisions about where to access the treatment they need. Ultimately every liver patient deserves to have access to high-quality care, regardless of their location.  I’d like to see IQILS become a mandatory accreditation.

“While we were developing the new standards through LiverQuEST, we saw first-hand hard-working teams and outstanding practices in different hospitals; it wasn't just the larger hospitals delivering excellent care. As more liver services join IQILS and develop their services, patients can only benefit.

“It’s particularly relevant to patients with rare diseases like PSC, who because of location, might be cared for at hospitals without a special interest in PSC - they need to be assured that they are getting high-quality care."