Mr Chris Guyer
Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth
The annual accreditation report was completed in January and it was very pleasing that all accredited centres successfully completed the accreditation process for this year.
From the provisional centres in 2015, four centres were unsuccessful and have been removed from the database but 3 other provisional centres have started data collection for this year. In total we now have 50 accredited centres which has remained fairly static over the past 2 years and is the number projected to be required based on population modelling with each centre seeing approximately 50 cases per year. In addition to numbers, we have also published follow up completion for each centre so they can see how well they perform with this. The introduction of email follow up and automatic reminders on the database will hopefully improve performance in an area that has been open to criticism.
Exemplar videos are due to be submitted by the end of April to support accreditation for 2016 and next year we will introduce accreditation based on numbers per surgeon rather than numbers per unit.
We anticipate the publication of the first 2 scientific papers this year based on the data from the project and presentations at the ASM in May and RCOG world congress in June.
Individual centres are also beginning to analyse their own data which is encouraging and will give relevant information that can be shared with their patient groups. We also hope this will be seen in presentation form at relevant meetings to encourage discussion on the centres project.
We look forward to the forthcoming ASM in Cornwall where we have breakout sessions for endometriosis centres and for endometriosis nurse specialists.