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Team awarded national accreditation

Posted on the 16th July 2015

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 Viv Shaw (left) with Heather Tierney-Moore (right)

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust’s Community Equipment Resource Service has received a national accreditation for their outstanding quality management systems.

The Community Equipment Resource Service (CERS) provides equipment such as beds, pressure relieving mattresses and hoists to patients within Central and West Lancashire. They were recently awarded accreditation by Community Equipment Code of Practice Standards (CECOPS) in recognition of their high standards of working towards a quality framework for the ordering of equipment and provision of services.

Viv Shaw, Operational Manager for the Community Equipment Resource Service (CERS) at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:

“Everyone in the CERS team in Leyland has worked extremely hard to ensure that our Quality Management System is robust and fit for purpose. I was informed by a lead inspector during the Trust’s recent CQC inspection that the CQC are considering CECOPS as the standard for equipment stores nationally so to have achieved accreditation at our first attempt is very pleasing.

“I would like to personally thank the CERS team for the hard work they put in every day to ensure our service users receive the very best care from the team.”

CECOPS is an independent, not for profit social enterprise aiming to raise the standard of disability equipment and other assistive technology related services across the UK. For more information about the organisation please visit

To find out more about the work of the CERS team at Lancashire Care, please visit