Today, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published the findings of its inspection of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, bpas, available online here.
This CQC report confirms that our senior team has a clear vision and strategy for the organisation, with effective and appropriate governance arrangements that ensure we meet the high standards required by the Department of Health for abortion services. Our dedicated staff have proper training in safeguarding, including in the care of younger and vulnerable people, and those at risk or who have undergone female genital mutilation and child sexual exploitation. The report notes that our staff are trained to ensure women using our service give their consent to care – and are given the information they need to make a fully informed choice – and we ensure that counselling is available to women at any and every stage of the treatment journey, and afterwards – by appropriately trained counsellors.
Bpas chief executive Ann Furedi said:
“I am extremely proud of this report. It reflects the care that bpas staff take to provide the best services they can for women within the law and current commissioning arrangements, and that we have the governance and training structures to deliver safe, high quality care. We are especially pleased that the CQC recognised as outstanding our early medical abortion service and the accreditation of our scanning, and our commitment to improving the services women receive through research and campaigning."
For more information please contact the bpas press office on 0207 061 3377 07788 725 185, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
bpas is a charity which sees more than 70,000 women a year and provides reproductive healthcare services including pregnancy counselling, abortion care, miscarriage management and contraception, at clinics across the UK. It supports and advocates for reproductive choice. More information can be found at bpas.org