A huge well done to everyone involved in submitting evidence to the Joint Advisory Group on GI Endoscopy which has resulted in a renewal of our Endoscopy service’s JAG accreditation.

JAG accreditation means that patients can have increased confidence in their endoscopy service and be assured of the same quality of care no matter where their endoscopy takes place, provided it is JAG accredited.

For our Endoscopy service it means a sense of pride in being able to show that they offer a high quality and safe service.

The JAG quality standards cover all aspects of an endoscopy service, ensuring that they:

  • continually improve the quality and safety of the care provided
  • maintain a strong focus on ensuring patients have a positive experience
  • provide excellent training and development opportunities for all staff
  • uphold a safe and comfortable environment for patients and staff.

JAG accreditation chair Dr Chris Healey said in a letter to Barnsley Hospital Chief Executive Dr Richard Jenkins:

Following submission of an annual review by the service at Barnsley District General Hospital, I am pleased to confirm that this service has met all the required JAG accreditation standards to have its accreditation renewed until 01/01/2022.

We would like to congratulate the team for the high standard of achievement, and for their hard work during the accreditation process.

Accreditation is awarded for 5 years, subject to successful completion of an annual review. In the fifth year a full reaccreditation assessment is undertaken to renew accreditation.

The standards have been established with the gastrointestinal (GI) community and are intended to provide patients/service users, healthcare professionals and senior leaders with assurance of the quality of the service provided. The standards cover all aspects of a high-quality clinical service and are organised into four domains:

Clinical quality – The clinical quality domain encompasses the service’s role in safe and effective diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management. Key to this is the service infrastructure including leadership and governance.

Patient experience – The patient experience domain encompasses the service’s role in providing efficient and patient-centred care for all patients, which includes reviewing waiting times, facilities and the environment.

Workforce – The workforce domain focuses on effective training and support for staff, including the recruitment, retention and continued professional development of team members.

Training – The training domain reviews the support and development of trainee endoscopists, including appraisal and competencies. Services that do not provide training in endoscopy, typically those in the independent sector, are only assessed against the first three domains.