Leading the accreditation process was Miss Farah Lone, Consultant Urogynaecology from Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT). Miss Lone joined the RCHT in 2012 and has led the development and delivery of the Urogynaecology service in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly to the high quality standards that have been recognised nationally.
Miss Lone says that achieving accreditation is of significant prestige for the provider organisations of RCHT and Cornwall Foundation Trust (CFT). It is an acknowledgement that we offer excellent standards of care, organisation and quality within Urogynaecology unit.
The Urogynaecology team cares for women who are living with a range of conditions including problems with bladder and bowel dysfunction, prolapse of the vagina or uterus; recurrent or repeated urinary infections or cystitis or who have had a problem with bowel control following child birth and need further care afterwards.
The accreditation is awarded to units which demonstrate local delivery of high quality health care, thorough clinical governance, modernised professional self-regulation, extended lifelong learning and multidisciplinary working. The accreditation process included assessment of clinical care, follow-up, scrutiny of surgical expertise and entries on local and national databases, evidence of joint working across the disciplines and assurance on robustness of quality control.
The integrated Urogynaecology team includes physiotherapy, nursing and medical colleagues who work closely to manage women with prolapse and urinary incontinence from RCHT and CFT. CFT leads the urodynamic diagnostic investigation service, which is fundamental as part of the women’s journey and integral to the accreditation process.
These standards are measurable, comparable and identify those units which deliver best practice.
Miss Lone said, “It has not been an easy task and has been seven years of hard work and dedication. I am proud to say that ours is now one of the few units who have achieved the national accreditation for Urogynaecology service in the UK. Achievement of accreditation will be of value to service users, our commissioners and those providing care.”