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BACPR has been working with the National Audit of Cardiac Rehabilitation (NACR) to develop a system to certify whether a cardiovascular rehabilitation (CR) programme meets minimum standards.
So, what’s it all about? What does it mean? What does it involve?
Belfast CR Programme Experience of BACPR/NACR Certification - for more information, please click here.
What’s it all about?
Over the past few years there has been a growing emphasis on quality assurance of health services. In 2012 BAPCR published the updated BACPR Standards & Core Components for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention and Rehabilitation as a guide to what should be expected from high quality CR programmes, however, we have recognised that it is difficult for CR programmes to demonstrate that they meet the BACPR standards. After much discussion we identified that it would be helpful to have a scheme where programmes could demonstrate how they adhered to minimum standards for cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation, and that BACPR could certify that they met those minimum standards.
What does “minimum standard” mean?
The BACPR Standards & Core Components are the gold standard for delivery of CR in the UK. However, we also understood from reading the annual report from NACR that cardiovascular disease prevention and rehabilitation in the UK was quite a way from meeting those aspirational standards. So, a steering group of experienced CR clinicians used the latest NACR data to reach consensus on a level of service for the majority of the standards that would identify acceptable practice, even if it did not fully meet the BACPR gold standard. Using NACR data means that we can assess how a programme meets minimum standards in a fair and objective way.
Over the past year a number of CR programmes have been working with BACPR and NACR to identify the processes we would need in place to assess whether programmes meet the minimum standards. A Certification Assessment Panel then assesses the data from each pilot programme.
What does it involve and what does it cost?
The New 2016 Minimum standards will come into effect 1st July 2016.
Briefly, the process includes: completing a registration form and requesting a copy of the BACPR/NACR Certification report (NB: you must be a NACR user to obtain this report) for your programme and sending both of these to the Certification Admin team at firstname.lastname@example.org. These are checked to ensure they are complete and then logged and sent to the Chair of the Certification Assessment Panel (CAP), who sends copies to three members of the Panel. They will individually assess whether your programme meets minimum standards, and also provide feedback. The CAP Chair collates the results and feedback, and sends these back to your programme lead, along with the outcome.
If you have applied for certification and your programme doesn’t quite meet the minimum standards you and the team will be given support to develop plans to meet these in the future.
The charge for Certification assessment for a CR programme is £400 and covers certification for three years, after which there will be a need to recertify. The fee is non-refundable and, is required to cover administrative costs, and will include any need to resubmit within a given timeframe to meet certification requirements if the first application did not succeed.
We look forward to celebrating with more programmes as they achieve Certification that they meet the BACPR/NACR minimum standards for cardiovascular rehabilitation.