QISMET is an independent not-for-profit body that supports self-management providers and commissioners to achieve the highest possible quality service for people living with long-term health conditions.
We do this by developing Quality Standards defining good practice and certificating providers against these Standards.
QISMET provides certification (sometimes known as accreditation) of self-management education interventions against 3 best practice Quality Standards: QIS2015, DSME and SS2Q. For details of each of these Standards and what they contain see the other boxes on this page.
Certification is a process of checking what providers do compared with what the Standards require. We have a team of experienced auditors who carry out audits. Once you have passed you will be able to use our logo and get a certificate. Please contact Graham Baker using the contact form for further details or click below for details of how to get certificated and our Register of Certificated Providers
QIS 2015 is our 'universal' Quality Standard. It can be used by providers of any type of self-management intervention, including digital provision, one-to-one approaches, phone interventions, apps, group based approaches, etc. The key requirements are that the intervention must involve structured education and must have clearly defined outcomes.
It contains the fundamentals of good practice that apply for any type of self-management education intervention.
If you are a provider of diabetes group-based programmes, then you may prefer to consider our DSME Standard which was developed just for you. Otherwise click on this box to find out what QIS 2015 is all about.
Are you a provider of group-based self-management programmes to people living with diabetes and their carers?
QISMET has a Quality Standard specifically for you. It covers all aspects of managing and running high quality education programmes that meet NICE and all other national requirements. Find out more and download the full DSME standard here…
We have a Quality Standard specifically for providers of lay-led self management programmes based on what was originally called the Stanford model. These courses operate under a licence from the Self-Management Resource Centre. They were originally known in the UK as the Expert Patient Programme.
The Standard is called 'Stepping Stones to Quality' - SS2Q. It defines best practice for providers of these programmes.
We also, in co-operation with Talking Health Taking Action, have developed a Training and Support Framework for those people who deliver the programmes.
For details of either of these, please click below.
(Please note that Talking Health Taking Action issue the licences in the UK on behalf of the SMRC)
If you are a commissioner or funder of self-management interventions of any type, we can be of assistance to you by:
QISMET certificates (approves) providers against its three Quality Standards. Certification, which is also sometimes called accreditation, lasts for three years.
If you would like to see who is currently certificated by us, and for what, please click on the link below.