Capita Group acquires CHKS

Healthcare accreditation specialist CHKS Limted has been acquired by the Capita Group Plc for £11.6 million (US$15.17 million). Used to be owned by Healthcare Knowledge International, CHKS provides healthcare intelligence and quality improvement services to healthcare organisations.

CHKS employs around 80 staff who are based mainly in Alcester, Cardiff and London. CHKS pioneered the UK healthcare intelligence market with hospital benchmarking in 1989.

Capita is the UK’s leading outsourcing company and operates in nine key markets, ranging from financial services to local government, and has a strong and growing presence in the health sector.

CHKS has developed a range of solutions for over 400 healthcare clients in 15 countries, offering online healthcare performance and governance tools. One of the attractions for Capita was CHKS contracts with the NHS and its development of on-line accreditation programmes.

The international hospital accreditation programmes are internationally recognised by ISQua (International Society for Quality in Healthcare) and certificated by UKAS (UK Accreditation Services) to award ISO 9001:2008 certification.

The CHKS international accreditation programme has been designed to be adaptable to the local cultural, legislative and professional framework of the host country. Individual hospitals or healthcare organisations or entire countries can implement the CHKS programme.

CHKS has accredited one hospital in Cyprus, two in Denmark,various British forces medical centres in Germany which are only for British troops, one in Gibraltar, four in Ireland, and ten in Portugal.

It also certifies another ten to ISO standard In Cyprus, Italy, Portugal and South Africa. In the UK, another 50 hospitals and care homes are accredited or certified.