Train and retain quality staff – Experienced Clinical Vascular Scientists are difficult to recruit. We invest heavily to our staff training and the majority of our staff are accredited with the SVT and have been awarded a PgC in Medical Ultrasound. By retaining a pool of qualified staff, we can guarantee high quality services.
As the largest independent vascular diagnostics provider, we lead the way in vascular ultrasound, with annual investment in equipment, research and training. IVS is committed to quality improvement, has robust quality assurance procedures and fulfils or exceeds all CQC and NHS standards for service delivery. We were the first Vascular Ultrasound provider to attain UKAS accreditation and five years after initial assessment we have maintained this level of excellence.
Our Clinical Vascular Scientists, are either professionally accredited or under training with The Society for Vascular Technology (SVT). Our staff are highly trained and are consistently audited through our robust clinical governance program to ensure the quality and reliability of both investigation and reporting.
With many decades of combined experience, our staff have developed good communication skills and are regularly asked to teach doctors, nurses, managers and patients. As our greatest asset, our staff participate in the IVS share incentive scheme which fully involves them in achieving our vision.
IVS is committed to providing the highest quality non-invasive investigations for vascular disease using innovative ultrasound technologies.
We aim to achieve this in four ways:
Standardise investigations – Our staff have access to the best diagnostic equipment and are continually audited to ensure high standards in diagnosis and reporting. Staff work towards standardised scanning, reporting and image acquisition protocols.
Reinvest capital to maintain standards – Securing capital to purchase ‘state-of-the-art’ equipment is essential to maintain the highest standards. IVS uses these expensive instruments continuously, 8.00am to 6.00pm and reinvests profits to purchase up to date equipment.
Research and innovation – IVS has a strong research pedigree with links to the University of Manchester. IVS leads its own research but also provides staff and equipment for external researchers. These research developments will lead to new diagnostic technologies offered by IVS.
Our mission for excellence benefits our customers in several ways:
- High clinical standards
- Reduced risk to patients
- Rapid diagnosis and reporting
- Guaranteed NHS targets
- Reduced service costs
- Reduced medico-legal costs
- Flexible, tailor-made services
- Introduction of new diagnostic techniques
IVS is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is at the forefront of a government initiative to accredit vascular ultrasound services. We were the first Vascular Ultrasound provider to attain UKAS accreditation and five years after initial assessment we have maintained this level of excellence. We are committed to meeting the needs of our customers and other stakeholders while exceeding statutory and regulatory requirements.