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 (sometimes known as certification).
QISMET provides accreditation (sometimes known as certification) of self-management education interventions against two best practice Quality Standards: QIS 2020 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 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 accredited and our Register of Accredited Providers
QIS 2020 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.
Click on the box below to find out what QIS 2020 is all about.
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, provided in the UK by Talking Health Taking Action (THTA). The courses 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. The latest simplified and updated version was released in 2017.
We have also developed a Training and Support Framework with THTA for people who actually deliver the programmes.
During the present CoVid-19 pandemic we recognise how difficult it is for providers to operate.
We have therefore adopted a practical and pragmatic approach to accreditation. We are extending the duration of certificates for organisations approaching the end of their three year accreditation period by 6 months to enable them time to prepare for re-accreditation.
Many providers have also had to rapidly change to remote service provision rather than face-to-face programmes, and we are dealing sympathetically with this, giving them time and advice in putting these programmes in place. We are also carrying out all accreditations using Teams, Zoom or Skype for interviews.
Please contact Graham Baker for further details of how we can work with you during this difficult time, at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a commissioner or funder of self-management interventions of any type, we can be of assistance to you by:
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