Radiotherapy department at Southend meets ‘international best practice standards’
09 March 2017
The Department of Radiotherapy and Radiotherapy Physics at Southend University Hospital has been accredited by CHKS for its processes and standards which meet international best practice standards.
CHKS are a leading provider of healthcare intelligence and
quality improvement services.
This accreditation means that the services are safe, reliable
and of good quality, and also meet the high standards required by
the Care Quality Commission (CQC), giving the Trust a huge seal of
Its importance in helping give relatives and patients confidence
that they are being given the best quality care was explained by
James Green, Head of Radiotherapy, who said: "'We want to ensure
that our patients receive world class radiotherapy treatment and
this shows that we absolutely deliver that to our patients.
"While our existing International Standardisation Organisation
(ISO) accreditation ensures the quality of the Radiotherapy
treatment itself, this extended accreditation from CHKS, which
includes CQC level compliance, ensures that the whole patient
experience, from door to door, is at the highest level
CHKS uses an online system to record information about processes
and standards which are submitted by the applicants. This allows
users to view comparative information between departments and
services and to monitor performance, progress and compliance. Once
this information has been submitted the CHKS external team of
surveyors carries out a final assessment.
Moyra Amess, Associate Director for Assurance and Accreditation
at CHKS said: "The accreditation process requires dedication and
commitment. Every organisation we make this award to has proved to
our external assessors that its standards and processes meet
international best practice standards. This is a significant