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Currently, the Trinity St James’s Cancer Institute in Dublin is seeking to receive the accreditation in order to benchmark the institute against other international centres.
Earlier this year, the centre became a member of the OECI, which sets the gold standard for leading cancer institutes in Europe.
“The OECI accreditation and designation programme will assist the institute to benchmark itself against other international centres and can provide a road-map to the best structures, systems and services to enable the institute achieve its goals, while attaining internationally-recognised comprehensive cancer centre designation,” a spokesperson for St James’s Hospital told MI.
The OECI accreditation process focuses on the following areas: The planning and organisation of integrated care; multidisciplinary teams and care; integration and translation of clinical and basic research into care; education for professionals; experience and involvement of patients; and monitoring and organisation of quality improvement.
“The steps in this process have commenced,” according to the spokesperson.
“Comprehensive centres have provided data related to research and clinical care and an action plan has been developed, with a schedule of submission of data extended over the next few months.”
Depending on the peer review report findings and recommendations, the accreditation process can take up to two or three years.
At the NCCP management meeting in March, the minutes of which were seen by MI through Freedom of Information, the Programme agreed, following the publication of the new Cancer Strategy, to bring up the subject of OECI accreditation with the Department of Health to fund the process,
However, an NCCP spokesperson said it has not followed-up on the issue since the discussion in March.