Safety & Quality

Our strict company policies enable Renal Services to consistently improve the quality of our services for renal patients and minimise the risk of infection, as set out in the Standards for Better Health, in line with the Department of Health guidance on clinical governance.

These regulations include the latest Renal Association standards, National Services Framework, NICE standards, as well as the operating requirements of all the different Trusts we partner with.

To maintain a continuous quality improvement programme at Renal Services, we use robust internal and external audits that follow our unique ‘Measure, Analyse and Improve’ assessment process.

Our Quality and Regulatory Manager assesses any potential safety risks and controls the risk of COSHH to protect patients and staff from hazardous substances. We also monitor and resolve any relevant general complaints.

Service Outcomes

  • OF PATIENTS

    commenced dialysis within 30 mins of appointment time from Jan – Oct 2016

  • OF PATIENTS

    waited less than 30 minutes post dialysis

clinical outcomes

Percentage of Patients achieving RA Standards

Percentage of Patients achieving RA Standards - 2016

Care Quality Commission

At Renal Services, minimising the risk of healthcare associated infection, including MRSA, for each patient is a matter of continuous vigilance, robust infection surveillance systems and ongoing training of staff at all levels in hospital hygiene. We have policies and procedures which are aimed at minimising the spread of germs and bacteria at every stage of patient care. Our policies are in line with National Infection Prevention and Control guidelines.

The challenge of reducing healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) in line with Safer Practice in Renal Medicine (DH 2006) is of paramount importance to us and stringent infection control measures are in place.

Factors contributing to this low incidence include:

  • Ongoing patient and staff education and updates
  • Nurse to patient ratios above recommended national average ensuring compliance with policies
  • Robust screening and audit programmes
  • High standard of cleaning meeting the regulatory requirements of the National Specifications for Cleanliness in the NHS

Accreditation

To ensure that Renal Services’ high standards of quality are continuously maintained, rigorous clinical audits are carried out both internally and externally by national regulatory bodies.

Our Clinics are regulated by the Care Quality Commission in accordance with the Care Standards Act 2000, and inspected regularly against National Minimum Standards (Department of Health 2002).

The Care Quality Commission is responsible for monitoring the performance of all NHS and independent healthcare organisations across England and Wales. Please click on the links below for a copy of CQC annual inspection reports for our Clinics.

In recognition of our continuous quality improvement programme we have been accredited with: