Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA)

Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation is a voluntary scheme for NHS and independent sector organisations that offers quality improvement through peer review. The scheme has been developed by the RCoA Quality Management of Service Committee and the Clinical Quality Directorate.

Engagement with the scheme entails a period of detailed self-assessment against the ACSA standards in order that areas which may need improvement are identified. Assistance and support in improving those areas is then offered. This includes access to the Good Practice Library; a collection of good practice documents and guidance gathered from organisations that are engaged with the scheme and which are known to be ensuring quality elsewhere. Proactive advice and support is continual in order that 100% compliance with the ACSA standards is achieved. When the organisation achieves 100% compliance with the ACSA standards and their compliance is tested during an on-site review, they become accredited.

How to engage with the ACSA process

Why become accredited?

Organisations that engage with ACSA will benefit from:

  • A pro-active, structured and supported process for improving services.
  • An expert advisory on-site review.
  • Benchmarking against standards and anonymised local, regional and national performance.
  • The engagement of staff in service improvement.
  • All departments will receive an ACSA report to support funding and resource bids.

Accredited departments will:

  • Be entitled to use a quality mark to denote their commitment to quality and patient care.
  • Be awarded a plaque to display in the department.
  • Be more attractive to potential employees and trainees.

How much does it cost?

The annual subscription charge will be a minimum of £2,500 (excluding VAT) per year and the initial term of engagement will be four years. Supplementary charges may be necessary for large or complex organisations and appropriate costs will be discussed and agreed by College and organisation representatives.This fee may increase annually in line with UK inflation rates; however, subscribers will be offered the opportunity to buy a 4 year subscription in advance; fixed at four times the agreed charge for year one and thereby protected from any inflationary increase.

ACSA Reviewers

The Clinical Quality Directorate now have sufficient reviewers to meet current needs and seek no new applications at this time. This decision will be revisited during the first half of 2014.

Further informaton

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