We wish to invite all units to submit data to this accreditation process. A peer review carried out by at least 6 peers who are ordinary members of The Society will allow feedback as to whether these standards are met or where components of unit performance may be improved. It is hoped that, if carried out correctly, such a process will benefit its members in terms of recognition if standards are met and providing leverage for more resource if standards are not met. More importantly the patient will benefit from confidence that quality assurance is guaranteed as far as possible.
The proposed criteria and their weighting are detailed below. Some are regarded as mandatory (ie they require a score of greater than zero). A total score of greater than 75 indicates achievement of the necessary standards.
The process is not meant to be dictatorial, merely to provide peer review. It is proposed that those that meet current standards will be registered as ‘accredited by The Pelvic Floor Society’ for a period of 3 years. Those that do not meet all the criteria will be directed to areas that may be improved and invited to resubmit at any time. Wherever possible, support will be provided with the aim that all units that apply will eventually meet these criteria and be accredited.
This process is still in the pilot phase and two ‘guinea pig’ units will undergo assessment as a test. However, we need both feedback and, more importantly volunteers for peer reviewers to assess those units that apply. Assessors will be required to analyse data from each of the units and score each key performance indicator. After scoring assessors will join together to provide consensus as to the overall score as well as suggestions for refinement of the process.
If you would like to be an assessor could you send your details firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have feedback regarding this process please also feel free to contact.
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