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Quality Care and Clinical Governance

Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of all health and adult social care in England. Their aim is to make sure the best care is provided for everyone, whether that’s in hospital, in care homes, in people’s own homes or elsewhere. The CQC monitor, review and inspect health and adult social care providers to ensure they meet essential standards of quality and safety. We are legally required to register as a provider and meet the standards outlined in the Health and Social Care Act 2008 Act.

We are registered with the CQC (provider ID 1-135204222) to provide our services to adults over the age of 18 years. We have processes in place to ensure our ongoing compliance with all relevant parts of the legislation.

More information about the CQC and reports of our recent inspections can be found at: For general enquiries, telephone the National Contact Centre: 03000 616161.

CHKS Accredited

As part of HCA International Cancer Network, SCRI UK is accredited by CHKS who reviewed our compliance against CHKS Oncology Services Accreditation Programme; Standards for Accreditation.

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Comparative Health Knowledge System (“CHKS”) is accredited by the UK Accreditation Service (“UKAS”) to award the internationally-recognised certificate of ISO 9001 for quality management systems to healthcare organisations.  They have ‘translated’ the ISO 9001:2008 standard, using healthcare-specific terms, to make it applicable to health and social care service.

HCA were the first cancer network in the UK to achieve prestigious CHKS accreditation back in 2012, and this accreditation was renewed in 2016.  CHKS accreditation provides credible and independent recognition of our commitment to quality improvement for our cancer patients, and also awards us the internationally recognised certification – ISO 9001.

ESMO Designated Centre for Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care

Cancer care that includes psychological support, good nutrition and its Living Well survivorship programme led the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) to accredit HCA Healthcare UK’s cancer network as an "ESMO Designated Centre for Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care".

The ESMO Designated Centres of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care accreditation programme was initiated in 2003, in which cancer centres can receive special recognition for achieving a high standard of integration of medical oncology and palliative care.


We are part of HCA Healthcare UK, one of only eight providers in the country to be accredited.  It is the first time that ESMO – the leading European professional organisation for medical oncology – has recognised cancer services provided by a private hospital group since the peer-reviewed accreditation programme began in 2003.

The award was made at the ESMO 2016 Conference on 9 October 2016 in Copenhagen, which saw medical professionals, researchers and other delegates from across Europe gather to share the latest developments in oncology research.

Read the Press Release here >>

Approved Practice Setting

Sarah Cannon Research Institute UK has been granted Approved Practice Setting status.

Approved practice settings (APS) are organisations approved by The General Medical Council (GMC) to have systems for:

  • The effective management of doctors,
  • Identifying and acting upon concerns about doctors' fitness to practise,
  • Supporting the provision of relevant training or continuing professional development,
  • Providing regulatory assurance,
  • Supporting the provision of relevant training or continuing professional development.

Find out more about the APS criteria >>

Clinical Governance

Clinical Governance integrates a range of different activities including accountability, leadership and teamwork in order to achieve clinical excellence for every patient treated at Sarah Cannon Research Institute UK. Clinical Governance provides the means for improvement and not for judgement.

Risk Management

Risk Management is an essential element of any organisation as there is a responsibility to minimise risk. Through effective risk management, Sarah Cannon Research Institute UK can minimise and control the risks, ensuring employees, patients, contractors and members of the public will not be exposed to any unnecessary hazards.

Feedback & Comments

Feedback and comments from patients and their families are very important to us. They help us to improve the services we provide and the way in which we provide them.  Our latest patient feedback is here>>>

Medical Advisory Committee

The Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) monitors and reviews the professional leadership of the clinic and its performance in regard to the management of risk. The MAC also provides strategic guidance in developing key indicators capable of showing improvements in management of treatments, along with approving and reviewing new treatment regimens. 

The MAC is comprised of senior staff and consultants. They work together to advise clinic management and represent patient interests.

Integrated Governance

Through Integrated Governance, Sarah Cannon Research Institute UK is able to achieve organisational objectives as well as, promote safety and good quality service. We  particularly focus on how we relate to our patients, customers, the wider healthcare community and partner organisations. 

At Sarah Cannon Research Institute UK, we are governed holistically and incorporate all aspects of quality control, audit and review, risk and incident management, comments and complaints into an integrated process to ensure the most beneficial outcomes and efficient improvements across the organisation.

Practicing Privileges 

All consultants overseeing trials have Practicing Privileges at Sarah Cannon Research Institute UK. This enables the consultant to manage patients on trial and effectively means we have vetted the consultant as a professional who meets our high standards of care and service.

In order to have Practicing Privileges the consultant has to meet the following criteria:

  • General Medical Council (GMC) certificate
  • Professional indemnity insurance
  • Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance
  • Have an annual appraisal
  • Approval by MAC

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