ACSA reaccreditation for York Hospital

Published: 29/11/2023

York Hospital has been reaccredited 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. 

Dr Katy Tarry, York Hospital, said:  

“We have been delighted to achieve ACSA re-accreditation at York Hospital. It has given our department a real boost in morale at a time when this can be hard to find. Reaccreditation has been an arduous process, interrupted by COVID and the alterations to working process this entailed. I was proud of the support I received from my department in making the necessary changes and improvements to gain re-accreditation.

As a process ACSA has been useful in alerting us to where we need to improve as a department. It has also been useful to provide thrust to improvements that needed financial input that might otherwise have floundered.”

Dr Fiona Donald, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, 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.”