Staff at the Tameside Hospital Endoscopy Unit, are celebrating the news that they have received the prestigious national quality accreditation for achieving and maintaining the meticulous standards set by the Joint Advisory Group (JAG) on Gastro-intestinal Endoscopy.
The JAG programme aims to ensure the quality and safety of patient care in the UK and assesses all endoscopy units in the country against a series of strict standards. Approximately 32% of all trusts have successfully gained JAG accreditation and now Tameside is one of those. The assessment is based on a number of factors such as staffing, quality of care, patient comfort, training, unit design, cleaning standards of the equipment used and the length of time patients wait between referral and diagnosis.
The accreditation marks the start of an exciting time for the Endoscopy Unit and the patients of Tameside. It opens up new opportunities to expand and further improve services and reassures patients that the unit provides high quality, safe healthcare with a strong focus on maintaining patient dignity and providing services in comfortable surroundings.
Dr Amir Saleem, Consultant Physician and Endoscopy lead at Tameside Hospital said, “It was a very proud moment for my team and I when we received accreditation from the Joint Advisory Group. This accreditation puts us into the elite group of hospitals who can achieve, not only cost savings but deliver high quality endoscopy services as well. It has been an uphill task over the last 8 months ago and we have reached our goal but this could not have been achieved without the support of my clinical colleagues along with nursing & managerial staff.”