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Surgical Spine Centre of Excellence

Surgical Spine Centre of Excellence (SSCoE) Project

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 is replaced by quality and the measurement of patient outcomes will mean drive “pay for performance”
  • Quality, satisfaction and value in spine care goes beyond the qualifications and treatment chosen by the spine surgeon, it involves the complete delivery of spinal services to a needing patient and payer.
  • Educating spine surgeons is a good first step; however, EUROSPINE would like to support the sustained improvement in costs and patient outcomes in spine surgery

Who is the SSCoE Task Force?

  • The EUROSPINE Task Force Surgical Spine Centre of Excellence (SSCoE) has developed a European certification process for surgical spine centres.
  • The Task Force is a collaboration of the German Spine Society (DWG), EUROSPINE and the EUROSPINE Foundation (ESF).
  • The initial step was to develop internal rules, guidelines and criteria to be used as a basis for an independent certification system.
  • For this European exercise, a Delphi process has been done to build consensus on the internal rules, guidelines and criteria.
  • Frank Kandziora Chair
    University degree(s):MD PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral, Tumour:Cervical, Tumour:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumour:Sacral, Trauma:Cervical, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Sacral, Deformity:Adult, Metabolic, Infection Institute, Department:BG-Unfallklinik Frankfurt / / Zentrum für Wirbelsäulenchirurgie und NeurotraumatologieBerufsgenossenschaftliche Unfallklinik
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  • Haluk Berk Member
    University degree(s):MD Specialisation:Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral, Tumour:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumour:Sacral, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Sacral, Deformity:Pediatric, Deformity:Adult, Metabolic, Infection Institute, Department:Dokuz Eylul University / / Dept. of Orthopaedics and TraumatologyDokuz Eylül University
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  • Thomas R. Blattert Member
    University degree(s):MD PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral, Tumour:Cervical, Tumour:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumour:Sacral, Trauma:Cervical, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Sacral, Deformity:Adult, Metabolic, Infection Institute, Department:Schwarzach Orthopedic Clinic / / Spine Surgery and Traumatology
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  • Ciaran Bolger Member
    University degree(s):PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral, Tumour:Cervical, Tumour:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumour:Sacral, Intradural, Infection Institute, Department:Department of NeurosurgeryBeaumont Private Clinic
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  • Viola Bullmann Member
    University degree(s):MD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Deformity:Pediatric, Deformity:Adult, Infection Institute, Department:St- Franziskus-Hospital / / ChefärztinKlinik für Orthopädie II – WirbelsäulenchirurgieSt. Franziskus-Hospital
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  • Jörg Franke Member
    University degree(s):MD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral, Tumour:Cervical, Tumour:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Cervical, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Deformity:Pediatric, Deformity:Adult, Metabolic, Infection Institute, Department:Chairmen and Head of DepartmentDepartment of orthopedics – Spine and pediatricsKlinikum Magdeburg gGmbh
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  • Christian Knop Member contact
  • Ralph Kothe Member
    University degree(s):MD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumor:Cervical, Tumor:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Cervical, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar Institute, Department:Schön Klinik Hamburg Eilbek / / Klinik für Spinale Chirurgie
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  • Beat Leimbacher Member contact
  • Everard Munting Member
    University degree(s):MD PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Cervical, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Sacral, Deformity:Pediatric, Deformity:Adult, Infection Institute, Department:Clinique Saint Pierre / /
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  • Margareta Nordin Member
    University degree(s):Prof. Dr. Med. Sci. Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral
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  • Norbert Passuti Member
    University degree(s):MD PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Deformity:Adult Institute, Department:Clinique Chirurgicale OrthopédiqueHôtel Dieu
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  • Tim Pigott Member
    University degree(s):MD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Tumour:Cervical, Tumour:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumour:Sacral Institute, Department:Walton Centre for Neurosurgery
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  • Clemens Weber Member
    University degree(s):MD PhD Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Degenerative:Sacral, Tumour:Cervical, Tumour:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumour:Sacral, Trauma:Cervical, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Sacral, Deformity:Adult, Metabolic, Intradural, Infection Institute, Department:Department of Neurosurgery, Stavanger University Hospital
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  • Michael Winking Member
    Specialisation:Degenerative:Cervical, Degenerative:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumour:Cervical, Tumour:Thoraco-lumbar, Tumour:Sacral, Trauma:Cervical, Trauma:Thoraco-lumbar, Trauma:Sacral, Deformity:Adult, Intradural, Infection Institute, Department:Klinikum Osnabrueck / Zentrum für Wirbelsaeulenchirurgie /
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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. It is planned to establish a certification process for EUROSPINE Conservative Spine Centre of Excellence (CSCoE) in the future.

Certified Surgical Spine Centres of Excellence

as per July 2019 (listed chronologically)

BG Unfallklinik Frankfurt am Main gGmbHFrankfurtGermany
Schön Klinik EilbekHamburgGermany
Stavanger University HospitalStavangerNorway
Clinique Saint PierreOttigniesBelgium
Krajska nemocnice Liberec a.s.LiberecCzech Republic
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation TrustLiverpoolUK
Radboud University Medical CenterNijmegenNetherlands
Centro Hospitalar de São João EPEPortoPortugal

SSCoE Guidelines

The SSCoE guidelines were defined by the SSCoE Task Force. The document explains the concept of the EUROSPINE SSCoE, the definition of a centre, pathology groups, quality criteria, and the audit and course of certification.

Apply for certification

To apply for certification please click on the following link

Digital medals

EUROSPINE Certified Centre Digital Medal
Certified centres can ask to receive a digital medal to use on their websites.

To order the digital medal, certified centres must contact our office at .

The cost of the digital medal is 80 Euros.

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