Ensuring quality of care

At Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust (DCHS) we want everyone to have a positive experience of care, whenever and wherever they use our services.

High quality care is care which is safe, effective, timely and tailored to the needs of the individual.

The long term aim is for the Quality Always standards to become embedded in the DNA of DCHS as an organisation.

Your role in the Quality Always standards

Watch our Assurance and You video to see how Quality Always fits with our overall Quality Assurance process, including triangulation and insight visits.

Quality Always has been introduced to ensure that DCHS always delivers high quality services, regardless of the geographical location or nature of that service or the time at which it is delivered – that's why it's known as ‘Quality Always’.

The process is supported by the DCHS Quality Assurance Framework, which consists of self-assessment and peer review, insight visits, QA+ and external inspection. 

Prepare for the assessment

Now's the time to start preparing for your assessment.

Prepare for your CAAS

We're encouraging teams to become familiar with the assessment template. Carry out informal self-assessment, even if they have not had a formal assessment with the Quality Always team so far. This gives teams a better idea of what the assessment involves and how to develop an improvement plan. 

This gives teams the support to start from a higher overall baseline score. When it's time for the formal assessment, they are likely to progress through red and amber to green at pace.

CAAS self-assessment templates are currently in a transition / updating process - Please contact Quality Qlways if you require a template at:E: dchst.qualityalways@nhs.net

Quality & safe care champions (QSCCs) receive support to embed best practice in clinical areas and support improvements to patient care within the Quality Always Clinical Assessment and Accreditation Scheme (CAAS) standards.

Are you interested in becoming a QSCC?

If you are interested in becoming a QSCC please read these QSCC documents with your line manager.

Submit your nomination form

In order to become a QSCC, you must submit a QSCC nomination form to us.  Please send your fully completed QSCC nomination forms to DCHST.QualityAlways@nhs.net


Quality Safe Care Champions Hub

QSCC domains

  • Continence
  • Dementia
  • Dignity & Inclusion
  • End of Life
  • Falls
  • Infection Prevention & Control 
  • Lifestyle
  • Nutrition & Hydration
  • Pain
  • Safeguarding
  • Tissue viability

Quality Always Facebook closed group

This closed group offers a supportive network for QSCC's to aid sharing best practices and reflective thinking. It aims to provide support and advice regarding the Quality Always process for staff members from DCHSFT. 

Join the group

We look forward to hearing from you.


Quality Always on Twitter

Follow the Quality Always team on Twitter to keep up to date with some of our news.   

Show us some of your champion work, let us know your thoughts on Quality Always or just drop us a tweet to say hello. 

  • Tweet @sallyannQA1 and use the #QualityAlways hashtag