Royal Derby Hospital and Queen's Hospital Burton anaesthetists rewarded for high quality patient care 

Published: 12/01/2024

Royal Derby Hospital and Queen's Hospital Burton have been accredited under the prestigious Royal College of Anaesthetists Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA) scheme, 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 clinical reviewer at Queen’s Hospital Burton, Dr Simon Fenner said:

“Congratulations to all in the Directorate at Queens Hospital, Burton on their ACSA reaccreditation. What a pleasure and delight it was to visit a dynamic, forward-thinking department whilst they were still dealing with significant organisational reconfiguration as well as the post-COVID service challenges.

The Review Team were particularly impressed by the modern, bright and friendly staff and service in distant surgical Sir Robert Peel unit. One can understand why trainees would love to come back as consultants to Burton. Well done.”

ACSA lead at Queen’s Hospital Burton Dr Tendai Ramhewa said:

“We are delighted and proud to have achieved 'Accredited department' status. As a department, we have always prided ourselves in the quality of our work. Achieving accreditation acknowledges the dedicated work of our entire peri-operative care team.

Our management team did all the seemingly 'hidden' work in the background to ensure all our processes were in check. The pre-op assessment team, the paediatric ward staff, theatre staff, surgical colleagues and anaesthetists of all seniorities all stepped up to ensure everything went smoothly.

From pre-assessment, admissions, theatres through to the wards, our patients can rest assured in the knowledge that they will be receiving the very best in care as validated by our peers to the highest standards.

It is a proud team achievement indeed. Thank you from an 'ACSA accredited ' department.”

ACSA clinical reviewer at Royal Derby Hospital, Dr Vishal Patil said:

“Congratulations to the Anaesthetic Department of the Royal Derby Hospital on their reaccreditation. Achieving accreditation following the aftermath and disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic reflects the perseverance and tenacity of the frontline staff.

Their relentless endeavour in providing high-quality patient care is to be commended.”

ACSA lead at Royal Derby Hospital Dr Jonathan Burch said:

"We are delighted to reaccredit. The ACSA process initially gave us a framework to guide our departmental improvement. Subsequently, with reaccreditation, we have been able to improve on these over the last couple of years, and hopefully into the future."

Professor Jonathan Thompson, Royal College of Anaesthetists Council Member, 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.”