The JAG standards

Development 

The current JAG accreditation standards were developed through the early part of 2016 and released in June 2016. They are intended to inspire the confidence of the public, professionals working within endoscopy, provider organisations and those responsible for commissioning endoscopy services. They provide a framework of requirements to support the assessment of endoscopy services, but also to support the endoscopy service itself in delivering better person-centred care.

Aims 

The aim of the JAG accreditation standards is to define a high-quality, safe and appropriate endoscopy service, delivered by a highly-trained, highly-supported and highly-motivated workforce.

The standards were written in consultation with endoscopy services, and are underpinned by national policy. Endoscopy services are asked to provide evidence to support their application for accreditation and demonstrate compliance with the standards.

Structure 

Divided into four domains, the standards reflect the four core components of a high quality endoscopy service:

  • clinical quality,
  • quality of the patient experience,
  • workforce, and
  • training.

Services that do not provide training in endoscopy – typically those in the non-acute sector – are assessed against only the first three domains.

    The clinical quality domain encompasses the service’s role in safe, effective accurate diagnosis and treatment or ongoing management. This is achieved through clinical practices that are appropriate to the patient population; effective management of risk and emergencies; and the review of existing and new clinical practice to develop and improve the service.

    The quality of the patient experience domain encompasses the service’s role in providing efficient, dignified and equitable access for all patients as well as their discharge from the endoscopy unit.

    The workforce domain encompasses the service’s role in safe, effective training and support of staff. This is achieved through leadership, service management and training practices that are appropriate to the workforce’s needs.

    The training domain encompasses the service’s role in safe, effective training of trainee endoscopists. This is achieved through leadership and training practices that are appropriate to the trainees’ needs.


For further information on the standards, please refer to the standards document.



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