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Surgical Spine Centres of Excellence

The Surgical Spine Centres of Excellence is a voluntary certification programme

Reasons & Benefits

EUROSPINE has developed a certification programme for spine institutions. This Europe-wide quality exercise aims to audit and certify the implementation of services that advanced spine surgery and spine care as a whole. The ultimate goal would be to enhance treatment quality in spine surgery and to provide guidance for patients with spinal disorders by displaying centres of a certain quality.

Why develop a certification programme?

The European community seeks to promote excellent health care across all member states in spite of differences in the various national health care systems.

  • Value-Based Healthcare (VBH) - quantity versus quality and the measurement of patient outcomes
  • Quality, satisfaction and value in spine care involves the complete delivery of spinal services
  • To support the sustained improvement in costs and patient outcomes in spine surgery

What is a Surgical Spine Centre of Excellence?

  • This concept of certification was developed for centres which are focused on spine surgery.
  • The term “centre” basically characterises a highly specialised institution which has exceptional equipment, highly qualified personnel, experience and competence on its field.
  • Suitable hospitals hosting the centres provide 24/7 care with the possibility to perform emergency surgeries on the spine at any time.
  • Centres that perform conservative treatment only, such as pain clinics or rehabilitation clinics, are not intended to be certified under those parameters.

Why should my centre be certified?

The programme is open to spine centres in Europe that wish to be certified and recognised as providing a high standard of care. It is an opportunity to establish continuous internal quality assurance monitoring, optimise processes, establish multidisciplinary teamwork and eventually receive external and independent quality control.

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