Walton Centre receives ACSA accreditation

The anaesthetic department at the Walton Centre in Liverpool received the Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA) from the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) at a ceremony on 1 February.

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

The Walton Centre’s anaesthetic department is the eighth in the North of England and the seventeenth in the UK to receive the prestigious accreditation.

Dr Sandeep Lakhani, Clinical Director of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, the Walton Centre, said: 

“Engaging with the ACSA process unified the whole department in working towards a common goal of ensuring high quality and safe service delivery for our patients. Like a domino effect, it also influenced our theatre staff and specialist nurses to evaluate their practice and ensure the highest standards of care.

“We were really impressed with the thorough but friendly nature of the ACSA review process and are immensely proud to have achieved ACSA accreditation.”

Dr Liam Brennan, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, said:

“Patient safety is at the heart of ACSA, and the achievement and maintenance of ACSA’s robust standards encourage departments to constantly improve the care they provide. I would like to personally congratulate the anaesthetists at the Walton Centre for their commitment to providing the best possible care for their patients.”

ENDS

02 February 2018

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