What is Accreditation?

  •  It is the public recognition of a healthcare organization on their achievement of prescribed standards in quality of health care delivery services
  • The most widely known process for the external evaluation of healthcare services awarded based on achievement of quality standards and the independent external survey by peers of an organization’s level of performance in relation to the standards.
  • It is a formal process aimed at ensuring the delivery of safe, high quality health care in both public and private sectors and from local community-based care through to tertiary level providers and healthcare systems
  • Accreditation processes are based on standards and processes devised and developed by health care professionals for health care services  and may have specialized healthcare services as a particular focus
  •  It is in itself a developmental process, using the skills of external peers trained and appointed as a team of assessors

Value and Benefits of Accreditation

  1. Organizations that participate in the accreditation program benefit from a thorough assessment that leads to an action plan for improving every aspect of the health care and services they deliver.
  2. By evaluating the quality of care and service they provide, organizations are able to accurately measure their clinical and operational performance thereby giving them a clear picture of their strengths and areas to be improved.
  3. Accreditation provides organizations with a means of transparency, public accountability and increases credibility.
  4. Strengthens public confidence in the Healthcare Organization
  5. Improves communication and collaboration within and outside the organization and promotes team building;
  6. Essentially, accreditation enhances the growth and development of health care organization, assures on the currency of their practices and promote a sustainable state of wellbeing