Why are organisations which deliver self-management interventions certificated and not the interventions themselves?
Certification applies to providers delivering self-management programmes/courses/ interventions and not the interventions themselves for a number of reasons:
Many organisations will offer more than one intervention – it would be prohibitively expensive to ask organisations to have to gain certification for each different intervention that they provide.
Some interventions have their own quality frameworks relating to the content, training and delivery of the intervention – in these circumstances QISMET certification for the intervention itself could potentially be seen as an unnecessary and unwelcome duplication.
Delivering high quality effective interventions depends on many variables which are not directly related to the self-management intervention itself. These variables, such as accessibility of the programme to local people living with long term conditions, for example, are covered in the standards which QISMET has developed.
Now that QIS2015 is here are providers still able to be certificated against QISMET’s other existing Standards (DSME Standard and SS2Q)?
Yes – QISMET has no plans currently to withdraw certification against either of its existing Standards. The most appropriate standard to be certificated against will be determined partly by the provider’s service profile, i.e. which types of self-management interventions it delivers. In some cases it may be possible for a provider to be certificated against more than one Standard. In this situation the provider will choose which Standard to be certificated against.
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