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All specialty providers will have numerous policies, guidelines and procedural documents to govern practice and process. In a network it is crucial to the quality and safety of care that these are standardised. This will also allow staff to make appropriate decisions without constant reference to the centre.

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The benefits of standardisation include:

  • reduced unwarranted variation in quality between sites.
  • improved access to local services offering a greater range of sub-specialities that may otherwise not be sustainable.
  • improved equity of access to services across the NHS.
  • improved efficiency and reduced duplication.
  • a standard model of development and progression for each staff group which will help achieve stability and improve quality of care.
  • easier and more effective peer and safety reviews.

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