Awards & Accreditations


Aspen Healthcare is delighted to announce that Cancer Centre London (CCL) is the Winner of the Innovation in Technology category of the LaingBuisson Independent Healthcare Awards 2015.

Cancer Centre London is committed to ensuring that all patients receive first class, personalised care with innovative technology.  As more patients survive breast cancer, the long term toxicities of treatment become more important.  Patients receiving radiotherapy to the left breast are at risk of heart disease induced by radiotherapy after surviving breast cancer.  Heart sparing left sided breast radiotheray using Active Breathing Coordinator (ABC), and Response automatic gating system was implemented into clinical practice at the centre in Spring 2015.

We are delighted to announce that Aspen Healthcare, Holly House Hospital, Cancer Centre London and the Midland Eye have been selected as finalists in the forthcoming Laing Buisson Awards 2015.

We have a total of 7 nominations within 6 categories which is a fantastic achievement, all winners will be announced live at the awards ceremony on the 11th November 2015!

The categories are:
      ​1. Innovation in Care –  Holly House Hospital
      2. Innovation in Technology – Cancer Centre London
      3. Excellence in Training – Aspen Healthcare
      4. Healthcare Outcomes – Aspen Healthcare
      5. Healthcare Outcomes – Midland Eye
      6. Nursing Practice – Holly House Hospital
      7. Private Hospital Group – Aspen Healthcare

The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) began life as the National Association of Theatre Nurses (NATN) in 1964. It is a charity providing education and support to theatre nurses, Operating Department Practitioners and all those working in and around operating departments.

Aspen Healthcare has achieved Endorsement & Accreditation from AfPP following an audit review of the theatre departments at our Aspen Healthcare sites and is satisfied that we meet the AfPP national standards and recommendations for ‘Safe Perioperative Practice’.

AfPP has given us the opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to high standards of perioperative care by ensuring our educational material meets AfPP’s exacting standards and we have been recognised for  the implementation of effective risk management strategies and its commitment to patient safety.

Cancer Centre London has been accredited by CHKS for its processes and standards which meet international best practice standards.

Following assessment by a team of external senior healthcare professionals, trained as peer review surveyors, Cancer Centre London has been accredited by CHKS. This means its processes and standards meet internationally-recognised best practice, legislation and regulatory requirements.

Accreditation by CHKS provides a standards-based framework for quality assurance and quality improvement. Taking part in the process of accreditation gives an organisation the resilience and vigilance required to deliver consistently high quality healthcare services.

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 our external team of surveyors carries out a final assessment.

Moyra Amess, Associate Director, Assurance and Accreditation, 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 process meet international best practice standards. This is a significant achievement.”

The annual patient safety awards are pre-sented by the Health Service Journal and the Nursing Times, as a celebration of the best examples of innovative work across healthcare, and aim to improve patient safe-ty and raise awareness in the healthcare community about good practice so that oth-ers can improve their services.

Aspen Healthcare was short-listed for the ‘Changing Culture’ category.

Des Shiels, Aspen’s Chief Executive, said:

“This is recognition of the significant amount of work that has been invested by our thea-tre teams across Aspen to create an im-proved safety culture within theatres. We have set our aspirations and standards high, and have introduced new ways of working to enhance our patient’s safety and experience whilst in our care. We have done this in a remarkably short timeframe by co-producing and implementing a range of focused safety initiatives with our staff.

We are really delighted to have been short-listed for this award as recognition of the passion, commitment and hard work of our staff in developing very innovative service and practice improvements in our theatre departments.

2014 Awards

Aspen Healthcare was proud and delighted to be shortlisted as finalists in the LaingBuisson – Independent Healthcare Awards 2014 in four prestigious categories:

  • Rachel Bradbury & Julian Griggs, Midland Eye – Public Private Partnership
  • Michelle Fox, Holly House Hospital – Best Use of Technology
  • Des Shiels Aspen Healthcare – Management Excellence
  • Dr Sangita Agarwal, Eszter Bakody and Ruth Smith, Parkside Hospital – Medical Practice

2013 Awards

Holly House Hospital

We are thrilled to announce that Holly House Hospital has won an award in the prestigious Laing and Buisson Independent Healthcare Awards which took place at the Lancaster Gate Hotel in London on 8 October. Our entry into the ‘Healthcare Outcomes’ category focused on our very successful stress management programme, called ‘The Calm Choice’.

‘The Calm Choice’ is a new initiative which was set up in September 2012. Stress is a major problem of the 21st century, estimates from the Labour Force Survey (LFS) show that the total number of cases of stress in 2011/12 was 428,000 (40%) out of a total of 1,073,000 of all work-related illnesses.

These statistics were being reflected at Holly House with stress having a major negative influence on the clinical outcomes of many of our patients, particularly those suffering from neck/shoulder pains, jaw pain, cervicogenic headaches and low back pains.

After participating in ‘The Calm Choice’ programme, a clinical review and follow-up audit of patients suggest a significant improvement in their long-term outcome.

The programme was developed using evidence based techniques that have been shown to assist with the management of personal stress. Our stress management programme is a series of four 90-minute evening sessions run over consecutive weeks.

Each participant has a 1:1 session pre and post the course to ascertain their individual needs and outcome of the service. With a common theme of increased self-awareness, the class combines the four main evidence based areas of yoga, breath work, meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy. There has been a unanimously positive reaction from patients to the programme, and also many local GP’s and hospital consultants.

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