The MS Society has been chosen by the Department of Health from over 120
applications to participate in the testing phase of a new scheme to ensure good
quality information across the health and social care sector.
information accreditation scheme will combat substantial variation in the
quality of health and social care information available and will provide a way
for the public and professionals to know that the information they are using is
It will also support information producers in raising general
standards and will be focused at the organisation level - accrediting the source
of information rather than the information itself.
The MS Society - the
largest organisation supoprting people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in the UK -
is testing the scheme alongside others from the commercial, public and voluntary
sectors. Subject to achieving certification through this testing phase, the
charity will become one of the first scheme members when it launches in 2009.
David Potter, Information Services Manager, said: "The MS Society prides
itself on evidence-based information and it is essential that the materials
accessed by people affected by MS are authoritative and accurate.
are delighted to be chosen by the Department of Health to be part of the new
Quality Assurance pilot scheme and look forward to helping to make sure
information on health and social care is of the best possible quality."
Ann Keen MP, the parliamentary under-secretary for health services,
said, "There is so much information out there that it's hard for people - both
the public and professionals - to know what can be relied upon. A scheme with a
recognisable quality mark, will assure them that information is from a
"Over 120 applications were received by the
Department of Health and the MS Society is one of just 40 organisations to have
successfully made it through the application process. The work of these test
sites will be invaluable in providing knowledge and insight for organisations
who are considering joining the scheme in the future."
As part of the
testing phase the MS Society will be involved in:
- testing the scheme
- sharing experiences in order to support the development of case
- helping to develop the visual identity of the quality mark.