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NATIONAL QA PROGRAMME GI ENDOSCOPY PRESS RELEASE

The Conjoint Board of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland , National Cancer Control Programme & Screening Service, National Quality Assurance Programme in GI Endoscopy: Patient-Centred Quality Assurance Framework within Endoscopy Departments which Routinely Reviews Performance and Drives Improvement in Key Quality Areas 

January, 2011



The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) are undertaking a National Quality Assurance Programme in GI Endoscopy in collaboration with the HSE’s National Cancer Control Programme & Screening Service (NCCP, NCSS) and the Directorate of Quality & Clinical Care (DQCC). This initiative aims to ensure the provision of a high quality endoscopy service and will be launched early this year.

This initiative is one of the outcomes of the NCSS engagement with endoscopy units, in preparation for the introduction of national colorectal cancer screening programme in 2012. A primary aim of the National QA Programme will be to support the implementation of improvements to Endoscopy units in preparation for accreditation required by the NCSS to support the national colorectal cancer screening programme. All Endoscopy units will be invited to participate.

Formal Quality and Safety indicators for GI Endoscopy in Ireland will be released later in 2011 as part of this National QA Programme. In the meantime, interim Irish Quality and Safety indicators for GI Endoscopy, will be released in February 2011 to support the implementation of the endoscopy Global Rating Scale – Ireland GRS.

This programme will also be closely aligned with the National QA Programmes in Radiology and Histopathology which are currently underway and progressing well. It will benefit from the experience gained in the implementation of these related programmes. The Programme Vision for all three programmes is as follows:

A patient centred, Quality Assurance framework within each department, which routinely reviews performance and drives improvement, in key quality areas against intelligent targets.

Commenting, Tony O’Brien, Director of the National Cancer Screening Service said:
“The NCSS is focused on identifying and building sufficient capacity in colonoscopy services nationwide to sustain the introduction of the national screening programme while also maintaining and enhancing the symptomatic service capability. This initiative will support the implementation of necessary improvements nationwide to the mutual benefit of both screening and symptomatic patients. Quality assurance is the cornerstone on which a successful screening programme is built”.

Commenting, Professor Hyland, President Irish Society of Gastroenterology said:
“The ISG fully supports this initiative. It is our fervent desire that all GI Endoscopy is performed to high standards in the interests of our patients. With RCPI and RCSI we have commenced a joint Training Programme and are committed to delivery of quality service at all levels and regard QA as central to any programme”

Commenting, John Donohoe, President of RCPI said:“The Royal of College of Physicians of Ireland has had a longstanding and unwavering commitment to the promotion of high standards in all areas of medical practice in Ireland. This ambitious QA initiative in GI Endoscopy fits perfectly with our College’s remit”.

Commenting, Eilis McGovern, President RCSI said:
“The launch of the National QA Programme in GI Endoscopy is a critical initiative to help deliver the quality endoscopy service that our patients both expect and deserve. The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland is delighted to support this initiative as we pan for the introduction of a robust national colorectal cancer screening programme.”



Media Contact:
Joanna Holly
Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
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Dublin 2, Ireland
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