Working closely with Kirklees Council, Medequip Assistive Technology, the UK’s leading provider of community equipment services (CES), is the first in its field to gain accreditation to CECOPS (the Community Equipment Code of Practice Scheme) Part 3, covering clinical and professional responsibilities.
The achievement demonstrates clearly that the organisation, which operates more than 30 local authority contracts across the UK, is supplying safe, good quality and efficient services to the people of Kirklees, whilst enabling compliance with legal and regulatory obligations.
Medequip’s drive to earn accredited status began in 2014, when the company won the contract to supply community equipment services (CES) to Kirklees Council. It was a contractual target for Medequip to achieve CECOPS Part 3 accredited status within the first year; a visionary specification for Kirklees, which is now the first local authority in the UK to have been assessed to these new standards focused entirely on CES.
David Griffiths, managing director at Medequip, said: “Accreditation at Kirklees underlines the integrity and comprehensive range of our quality management system, operational on all sites for each of our CES contracts.
“We now have external validation that our clinical governance structure and processes meet and exceed the CECOPS specifications.”
“Medequip’s successful accreditation to CECOPS Part 3 has given commissioners in Kirklees the assurance that every element of our CES provision meets the necessary standards,” said Stewart Horn, leading commissioner for Kirklees.
“In addition, the accrediting body professed themselves to be very impressed with the Medequip service,” he added.
The move demonstrates the increasing importance of the role CES plays in supporting hospital discharges, helping with growing clinical pressures by enabling people to return home and regain independence quickly and efficiently, with the right levels of assessment, equipment and support.
Medequip began work in Kirklees last April. Alongside embedding in the new CES contract and delivering optimum levels of performance for service users, the company has undergone an external validation process carried out by world leading certification body DNV GL, achieving CECOPS accreditation well within the timescale specified by Kirklees.