RPS supports launch of major healthcare accreditation initiative

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society is pleased to support the launch of a major health accreditation initiative today, designed to improve patient care, provide consistency for clinicians, reduce the burden on healthcare regulators and help ensure value for money in healthcare.The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has been part of a collaboration of professional bodies forming the Clinical Service Accreditation Alliance (CSAA). Today sees the launch of six resources to provide a support suite for the set-up and management of accreditation schemes for clinical services that can be used in a number of ways, including as part of service redesign. 

Central to the remit of the CSAA since its 2013 inception, has been to ensure all affiliated schemes are patient-focused and clinician-led.
Today’s launch event at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society sees 100 key delegates gather to hear speakers including CQC chief inspector of hospitals Professor Sir Mike Richards, NHS Providers CEO Chris Hopson and BSI director of standards Dr Scott Steedman. The CSAA’s work is now complete, with day to day development of its remit being taken on by The Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP), with governance from the CSAA Sponsor Group members, as well as Royal Pharmaceutical Society this comprises the Allied Health Care Professionals, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Surgeons, and, going forward, the Royal College of Anaesthetists.
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