West Suffolk Hospital’s clinical photography department has become only the fourth service in the country to achieve a prized national accreditation in recognition of the consistently high standards it provides to patients.
The trust has been awarded the Institute of Medical Illustrators (IMI) Quality Assurance Standards (QAS) level two accreditation following a vigorous inspection earlier this month.
Although several departments in the UK have achieved level one of the standard, West Suffolk is one of only a handful across the country to gain level two.
The accreditation shows the clinical photography service is safe, well managed, patient-focussed and fully aligned with the ‘Patients First’ culture within West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.
The latest accreditation means that the hospital’s entire imaging service, which is made up of endoscopy, radiology, and clinical photography, is now accredited with its relevant professional body.
Giles Arbon, clinical photography lead at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “We are absolutely delighted to achieve this fantastic accreditation.
“Not only does it show we are running a well-managed service which complies with all governance requirements, but it also illustrates that patients using West Suffolk Hospital are receiving the highest quality clinical photography service.”
The clinical photography service is responsible for recording conditions such as skin cancer during treatment, as well as taking images to help with diagnosis.
To win the accreditation, the department provided the IMI with a wide range of documentary evidence showing the quality of service provided, while representatives also visited the hospital to see its work first-hand.
Nigel Beeton, imaging services manager at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “To achieve this sought-after standard is a great testament to the hard work and dedication of our clinical photography department.
“It gives our patients added assurance that the services they are receiving are safe and of the highest quality.”
Late last year, Mr Arbon became the only clinical photographer in the country to complete a prestigious NHS Leadership Academy Clinical Leadership Fellowship, which aims to transform leadership capacity and capability across the health service.