How does accreditation lead to quality improvement?

Accreditation drives quality improvement by setting ambitious standards for services to meet. The majority will not be operating at a standard comparable to others that have achieved accreditation. To meet the standards, a service may have significant work to do but the ‘payoff’ is substantive quality improvement. Accreditation also creates networks of clinical services that promote the sharing of good practice, driving quality improvement outside of the formal accreditation process.

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