Supporting the self-management sector to achieve excellenCE

QISMET is an independent not-for-profit body that supports self-management education 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 in self-management education and testing and approving providers against these Standards.  This approval is called accreditation.


QISMET provides accreditation of self-management education interventions against its two good practice Quality Standards called QIS2023 and SS2Q.

For details of each of these Standards and what they contain see the other boxes on this page.

Accreditation is a process of checking what providers do compared with what the Standards require. We have a team of experienced auditors who  carry out these checks or audits.

Once you have passed the audit you will be able to use our logo and get a certificate.

Please contact us using the contact form for further details or click below for details of how to get accredited and our Register of Accredited Providers


QIS2023 is the latest version 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 that are achieved. 

It contains the fundamentals of good practice that apply for any type of self-management education intervention.

Click on the box below to find out what QIS2023 is all about.

SMRC Courses

We also 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 (SMRC). The courses were originally known in the UK as the Expert Patient Programme.

This Standard is called ‘Stepping Stones to Quality’ – SS2Q. It defines good practice for providers of these programmes. The latest simplified and updated version was released in 2017.

We have also developed a Training and Support Framework for the people who actually deliver the programmes.

For details of either of these, please click below.

Accreditation Register

QISMET accredits providers against its two Quality Standards.  This lasts for three years.

If you would like to see who is currently accredited by us, and for what,  please click on the link below.

Congratulations to our latest accredited providers

  • Sentinel Healthcare SW CIC
  • University Hospitals Dorset
  • Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Public Health Collaboration
  • Health and Social Care Northern Ireland
  • Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Mersey Care NHS Trust
  • Health Service Executive Ireland
  • Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
  • Xyla Health and Wellbeing
  • X-Pert health Training and Education Limited
  • Medway Community Healthcare