Clinical Service Accreditation Alliance (CSAA)


The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) is pleased to support the launch of a major health accreditation initiative, designed to improve patient care, provide consistency for clinicians, reduce the burden on healthcare regulators and help ensure value for money in healthcare.

The RCoA has been part of a collaboration of professional bodies forming the Clinical Service Accreditation Alliance (CSAA).

The CSAA has produced 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.

The CSAA’s original 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 the Royal College of Anaesthetists, this comprises the Allied Health Care Professionals, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Physicians, Royal Pharmaceutical Society and Royal College of Surgeons).

RCoA President Dr Liam Brennan said: “The Royal College of Anaesthetists welcomes the launch of these important resources which will support and drive the development and delivery of patient-focused and clinically led accreditation schemes such as our own Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation Scheme (ACSA).”

HQIP CEO Jane Ingham commented: “Our intent is to work collaboratively with the Alliance founders to ensure clinical service accreditation is used to maximum effect to enhance patient outcomes.”

The six free* resources, comprise:


  1. Developing standards for clinical service accreditation schemes – produced in partnership with the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)
  2. Sharing and improving accreditation methodologies.
  3. A map of clinical services groupings for the development of accreditation schemes.
  4. A framework of standards for accrediting clinical services* – produced by BSI.
  5. Information management, data and systems for clinical accreditation.
  6. Support for development of accreditation schemes.  

*A framework of standards for accrediting clinical services is available free to organisations and individuals with BSI membership. HQIP also has a limited amount of free copies for those interested in establishing or updating clinical accreditation schemes, available on successfully completion of a short qualifying questionnaire at either or

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