Medequip leads the way as first commercial community equipment provider to secure new accreditation
Medequip Assistive Technology is the first commercial organisation operating in the Technology Enabled Care (TEC) industry to achieve a new accreditation created for community equipment providers in the UK.
Providing care for patients with long-term conditions that is convenient, accessible and cost-effective, TEC services refers to a number of different assistive technology devices and services that fall under telehealth, telecare, telemedicine, telecoaching and self-care.
TEC Quality – the certification body for the industry’s representative body TEC Services Association (TSA) – manages the Quality Standards Framework (QSF), a set of standards developed in partnership with key stakeholders across the sector.
Recently, the body launched its new QSF Equipment Services Module in collaboration with NAEP (National Association of Equipment Providers), focused on looking at compliance on delivery of community equipment services.
Discussing the launch of the module, Jean Hutfield, NAEP Chair, commented: “Our members have been asking for National Standards for a long time. This module is important to NAEP as it will provide a nationally certified standard that ensures organisations are delivering a safe and effective service that has quality and customer care at its heart.”
Achieving accreditation to the TEC Quality’s new NAEP module for its Heathrow operations, Medequip says the certification underlines the company’s commitment to providing safe and compliant TEC services.
“We believe this step is revolutionary to setting the standards in our industry sector,” commented Marie Martinalli, Head of SHEQ (Safety, Health, Environment and Quality) and Governance and Training for Medequip.
“Completing the NAEP module gave us a 360-degree view of exactly what we do as a company, identifying key areas where Medequip already had plans in place to deliver continual improvements.”
According to Medequip, the standard is an important step forward in enabling providers and suppliers to demonstrate advanced levels of safety and quality to commissioners and service users, concentrating primarily on outcomes rather than checklist-driven auditing procedures.
Sitting alongside its CECOPS (Community Equipment Code of Practice Scheme) accreditation, the TEC Quality’s new accreditation is not yet a prerequisite for community equipment service providers, however, Medequip highlighted that it provided an important opportunity for an independent audit of the services delivered by the company and of its own internal audit processes.https://thiis.co.uk/medequip-leads-the-way-as-first-commercial-community-equipment-provider-to-secure-new-accreditation/https://i1.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Medequip-generic.jpg?fit=1000%2C517&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/thiis.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Medequip-generic.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Awards & AchievementsNewsroomSupplier NewsAccreditation,assistive technology,CECOPS,Community Equipment Provider,Equipment Services Module,Medequip Assistive Technology,National Association of Equipment Providers,QSF,Quality Standards Framework,Self-Care,TEC,TEC Quality,Technology Enabled Care,Telecare,Telecoaching,TelehealthMedequip Assistive Technology is the first commercial organisation operating in the Technology Enabled Care (TEC) industry to achieve a new accreditation created for community equipment providers in the UK. Providing care for patients with long-term conditions that is convenient, accessible and cost-effective, TEC services refers to a number of different...Calvin BarnettCalvin Barnettcalvin@thiis.co.ukAdministratorTHIIS Magazine