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The National Health Service (NHS) has recently released a statement regarding its position on accreditation schemes and NHS accreditation for hearing aid services. 

Why accreditation is important?  

Accreditation schemes are designed to ensure that audiology services meet certain standards of quality and safety. They provide patients with reassurance that they are receiving the best possible care. 

In its statement, the NHS acknowledges the value of accreditation schemes but emphasizes that it is not mandatory for services to be accredited. The decision to pursue accreditation is left up to individual service providers. 

The NHS also notes that it has developed its own set of standards for hearing aid services, known as the Quality Assurance Framework (QAF). The QAF sets out minimum requirements for service provision and is used by the NHS to monitor and improve the quality of care provided. 

What does accreditation do?  

While accreditation is not mandatory, the NHS encourages service providers to consider pursuing it as a means of improving patient care and demonstrating their commitment to quality. Accreditation can also have other benefits, such as increased patient satisfaction and improved staff morale. 

Should you think about getting accredited?  

Ultimately, the decision to pursue accreditation or adhere to the QAF rests with individual service providers. However, regardless of whether a service is accredited or not, it is essential that all audiology services prioritize patient-centred care and strive for excellence in their practice. 

If you are considering getting accredited, check out these NHS accredited courses.  

We commend the NHS for its commitment to maintaining high standards of care in audiology services and encourage all providers to prioritize quality and safety in their work. 

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