PERFORMANCE: Richard House Children’s Hospice, in Newham, has been awarded a national accreditation for service standards.

The service - which was the first children’s hospice to open in London - is only the second nationally to receive the CHKS Standard for Hospice Services.

The accreditation process involves checks against an assurance framework covering patient safety, patient experience, clinical governance, leadership and staff experience.

Richard House chief executive Peter Ellis said: “For voluntary sector organisations such as children’s hospices, the challenge is meeting national quality standards on a limited budget. 

“Richard House has an ongoing commitment to effective governance and clear leadership which are essential to ensuring continued high quality care services for families and the wider community and retaining the confidence of donors, funders, volunteers and staff.

“It is a great tribute to our staff and recognises their contribution towards high quality care. We all feel extremely proud.”