Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust anaesthetists rewarded for high quality patient care

Published: 14/06/2023

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust has been re-accredited under the prestigious Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA) demonstrating their commitment to patient safety and excellence of care.   

ACSA is the RCoA’s peer-reviewed scheme that promotes quality improvement and the highest standards of anaesthetic service. To receive accreditation, departments are expected to demonstrate high standards in areas such as patient experience, patient safety and clinical leadership.  

ACSA lead reviewer, Jonathan Freeman said:  

“Congratulations to the Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust anaesthetic department on achieving ACSA reaccreditation.  

It is a well-deserved reward as it is clear from the review process that the department has built on the success of its original accreditation.  

The atmosphere during the visit was friendly and welcoming and it was a pleasure to get to meet members of the department after a large part of the process being conducted remotely.  

The engagement of the department was plain to see and showed a cohesive, well organised anaesthetic department.  

Excellent team working was demonstrated both within the department and by the department within the rest of the Trust.  

On behalf of the review team, I would like to thank the department for their organisation, hospitality and efforts in facilitating our visit.”  

Dr Chris Carey, Royal College of Anaesthetists Council Member, representing the Royal College of Anaesthetists at the plaque presentation said:   

“I would like to offer my personal congratulations to the entire anaesthetic department on achieving ACSA accreditation. It is very impressive to see the commitment and approach of the whole department to sustaining their standards. They have demonstrated their ability and passion for providing the best possible care for their patients.  

“Patient safety is at the heart of what we do as a Medical Royal College. The quality improvement demonstrated during the accreditation process has helped the department manage the immense tasks presented to them by COVID-19 and the resumption of normal services.     

“It was impressive to see the innovative practices taking place at the hospital, and the excellent commitment from all staff during the process. As well as meeting the standards, the department demonstrated many areas of excellent advanced practice that have now been highlighted for sharing through the ACSA network.”