Clinical Service Accreditation


  • What is Clinical Service Accreditation (CSA)?
  • CSA resources available from this site
  • What is the role of HQIP?
  • Background  –  Who are the Clinical Service Accreditation Alliance (CSAA)?

What is Clinical Service Accreditation (CSA)?

Clinical Service Accreditation (CSA) is a patient-focused, clinician-led assessment of the quality of clinical services.

Accreditation has many proven results. It ensures a clinical service is doing the right things and is doing them well. This optimises patient outcomes and discovers potential problems before they become problems. As accreditation is recognised by the CQC in their assessments, it also helps reduce the burden of regulation.

Resources available from this site

The following resources were produced in partnership with BSI, UKAS and the Royal College of Physicians on behalf of the Clinical Service Accreditation Alliance (CSAA).

Their purpose is to provide professional bodies, CEOs, managers and clinical leaders with a framework for the set-up and management of clinical accreditation schemes. Click on the links below to find out more:

1 – Development of standards for clinical service accreditation schemes

2 – Sharing and improving accreditation methodologies

3 – How to map clinical services into groupings for the development of accreditation schemes

4 – PAS 1616  – A generic framework of standards for accrediting clinical services from the British Standards Institute 

5 – Information management, data, and systems

6 – Support for development of accreditation schemes

What is HQIP’s role?

The focus of HQIP’s accreditation work is to ensure that clinical service accreditation, as an improvement approach, is used to maximum effect. Our aim is to standardize and improve the quality of healthcare accreditation ensuring accreditation leads to improvements in patient care with minimal burden on healthcare professionals. HQIP’s role is not to deliver accreditation schemes but to:

  • Influence senior clinical leadership to raise accreditation as part of the national quality improvement agenda
  • Support the development of new schemes. HQIP aims to work with senior clinical leaders and patient groups during the preparatory stages, up until the point of commissioning a scheme provider.
  • Support legacy accreditation schemes, to utilise the tools and outputs developed by the CSAA.
  • Maintain and develop the six resource tools of the Alliance.

If you would like to find out more, speak to a member of HQIP’s accreditation team or subscribe to our quarterly CSA newsletter email [email protected].

To read the May 2018 Accreditation newsletter click here 

Background – Who are the Clinical Service Accreditation Alliance (CSAA)?

The resources available from this page were commissioned and produced in part by the former Clinical Service Accreditation Alliance (CSAA)

The CSAA was created following an agreement in 2013 for a core group of professional bodies to work with the Care Quality Commission, commissioners, third sector, patient representatives, providers and local government organisations, to develop an overarching strategy for clinical service accreditation.

The work of the Alliance culminated in November 2016 with the publication of the six resource tools and a launch event at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

In October 2016 CSAA identified the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) to host and continue to build on its work with oversight from the CSA Sponsor Group. The sponsor group is made up of the following organisations: the Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of Surgeons, Royal Pharmaceutical Society, Allied Health Care Professionals and, the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

Watch the following video to find out more: