About Us


"A framework through which organisations are accountable for continually improving the quality of their services and safeguarding high standards of care by creatng an environment in which excellence in clinical care will flourish."


These principles of clinical governance underpin and direct Cambian's clinical, operational and corporate objectives.


Recognisably high standards of care

Transparent responsibility and accountability for those standards

A constant dynamic of improvement


We are committed to delivering the highest quality education, care and therapy to all the children and young people in our care.


Child and Family Involvement


Individual involvement and the inclusion of families and carers in decision-making are fundamental to our approach.


Our schools, care homes and foster families across the UK enable us to support children and young people close to their home communities facilitating ongoing contact with families and local services.


Questionnaires to parents, carers and young people in our care, clients, individual feedback through School Councils and individuals' contributions at daily community meetings; family and carer attendance at reviews - all these serve to provide us with hard evidence to inform our practice.


We actively engage in initiatives which allow us to benchmark best practice and enhance the daily experiences and treatment outcomes of the children and young people we support.


Our Policies


Cambian's Policies and Procedures are held centrally on Cambian Point which is available to all staff. Localised versions of key policies will be available on each of our services' web page.


Audit and Compliance


All our facilities operate within statutory requirements in the educational, health and care arenas. Regular external audits of our perfomance across a range of measures is undertaken.


We work in partnership with the Care Quality Commission, OFSTED, LAs, CCGs, the NHS, the DFE and Environmental Health to ensure we meet and often exceed the standards required.


Points raised in inspections are incorporated into operation and strategic functions to support our ongoing commitment to developing best practice.


To view inspection reports on our facilities by CQC, HIQ and OFSTED please see links below:


Other Relevant Websites:


Quality Care Commission (CQC)




Healthcare Inspectorate Wales (HIW)




Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED)




Clinical Effectiveness


Regular benchmarking against guidance and legislation is undertaken.


Internationally-recognised measurable outcomes such as the Global Assessment of Functioning are incorporated into our unique and highly regarded multi-disciplinary models used throughout our services.


Our education, care and therapy structures are fully integrated at all levels, allowing us to direct the maximum resource towards individual care and individual development.


Risk Assessment and Management


Clinical and organisational risk management is an essential ongoing element of all of our services. We ensure all of our facilities are fit for purpose to maximise the safety of the children and young people in our care. All staff are DBS checked for their suitability to work with our vulnerable clients.


Our policies give clear directives on such matters as Child Protection and use of illegal substances. Any causes for concern are carefully logged and reported so that appropriate action may be taken.


Our multi-disciplinary and multi-agency collaborative approach engenders consistency. Our care models incorporate evidence-based measures in this area, allowing us to monitor and respond appropriately.


Off-site activities are subject to extensive forward planning and risk assessment.


Corporate Governance


Cambian is committed to robust corporate governance and has developed a wide ranging system to keep corporate governance under regular review. This is undertaken in conjunction with external specialist healthcare lawyers to ensure both an independent review and a means of benchmarking Cambian's performance against industry trends.


Corporate governance issues are also regularly reviewed with the board of directors which underlines the importance with which this is viewed.


Cambian Statement on Modern Slavery


Our Modern Slavery Statement can be found here.


Gender Pay Gap Reporting


Our aim is to create equality of opportunity regardless of gender, age, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socio-economic background and disability. We appoint people to roles based on merit and regardless of age, race, gender, marital status, disability or religion and belief. However, we recognise that some groups are under-represented in our workforce and we are committed to ensuring that our employees reflect the make-up of the communities we operate in.


This is a commitment that begins at our executive team and flows through our organisation. At Cambian we are not afraid to challenge ourselves or the established ways of thinking and we realise that it is important to set ourselves ambitious targets which will drive positive change not just within our organisation but within the sector as a whole.


Our Gender Pay Gap Report 2019 can be found here.


Cambian Group Tax Strategy


Our tax strategy can be found here.


Our Employees


All Cambian services operate on a multi-professional team model with high staff/individual and individual ratios.


We have a dedicated HR team and processes, and conduct regular staff surveys. We acknowledge the challenges presented by working in our particular field and ensure that every possible support is given, including the provision of an Employee Assistance Programme.


In 2009 we were recognised as being one of the Top 100 healthcare employers in the UK and, on the education side, have been endorsed by Investors in People since 1996.


Training and Development


We have a dedicated training and development team which provides a wide range of mandatory, professional and vocational learning opportunities to our staff. The training of individuals of all disciplines is a major element of our services.


We sponsor staff members who wish to further their careers by pursuing academic and vocational qualifications at universities or FE colleges.




All Cambian schools are DFE registered and inspected by OFSTED. Our post-16 provisions are members of the National Association of Specialist Colleges (NATSPEC).


OFSTED is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. It regulates and inspects to achieve excellence in the care of children and young people, and in education and skills for learners of all ages.


The new OFSTED brings together the wide experience of four inspectorates to make a greater difference for every child, and for all young people and adult learners, in England.


Cambian schools have successfully been rated as outstanding by OFSTED. To read the inspection reports on our schools, please click here.


ISO and Investors in People


Cambian is awarded ISO certification, which is an internationally recognised accredited quality assurance programme and a respected mark of quality across the world. This demonstrates that Cambian has robust quality assurance tools that set out a clear quality and safety framework of standards which need to be in place to ensure the capacity to provide high quality and safe services. It highlights our commitment to providing quality services to our service users, staff and visitors alike.


Our Specialist Education divisions are awarded with Investors in People, which is a standard that helps organisations transform their business performance. The Investors in People Standard is a business improvement tool designed to help employers improve performance by linking people development and skills acquisition to the specific aims and objectives of their businesses, to assess and improve the performance of their employees. Investors in People is all about business improvement. The division was successfully reassessed in 2008 and continues to meet the requirements of the Investors in People Standard.


Research and Development


There are various bodies which recognise Cambian as a training environment for their undergraduate. For medical individuals, the Group have individual placement agreements with Liverpool University. The Group also has preliminary agreements with Cardiff University and Nottingham University on individual placements. There are a number of other universities, which send us nurses, OTs and psychology trainees. For details of these please call us on 0161 507 3723.


Cambian also has 'approved practice settings' status for the majority of its units from the General Medical Council (GMC). This means that Cambian can take doctors with full registration from the GMC and a license to practice, who are new to the register or who have come back to the register after prolonged absence. An approved practice setting is an organisation that the GMC recognises as having systems for the effective management of doctors, systems for indentifying and acting upon concerns about doctors' fitness to practice, systems to support the provision of relevant training or continuing professional development, and systems for providing regulatory assurance.


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