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The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre given outstanding report from stem cell inspectors

The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre has been given an outstanding report from Europe’s only official accreditation body for haematopoietic stem cell transplantation and cellular therapy, as the regional centre for stem cell transplants in the North West.

The Joint Accreditation Committee ISCT-Europe and EBMT, known as JACIE, upholds more than 500 standards, including both clinical and laboratory practices, that represent the best quality care. The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre met all of these standards.

JACIE develops and maintains global standards for medical and laboratory practice in cellular therapy and so far over 500 centres across the world have volunteered themselves for JACIE accreditation.

JACIE Inspectors are volunteers who work within the field of stem cell transplantation in clinical, quality management, nursing or scientific roles.

With regards to The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, who were visited by JACIE inspectors in July, positive comments included:

  • The programme is run by a professional, enthusiastic and dedicated team that run a Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy…..
  • Welcoming, open, professional, enthusiastic well-knit team who are keen to get better and looking forward to the expansion of services and growth
  • Good spacious Transplant unit, spacious Haemato-oncology ward and Day Units
  • Program Director is leading the program from the front and is well-respected by the team
  • Good interactions between the collection and processing facilities
  • Very well-organized and documented training program for the nursing team
  • Comprehensive system for document control
  • Excellent new spacious facilities
  • Regular quality meetings with stem cell laboratory and other services which shows good communication and oversight of processes, problems and patient feedback.
  • Empowered staff who take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Detailed training and regular competency assessments

Dr Muhammad Saif is Consultant Haematologist and Director of BMT and Cellular Therapy Programme at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. He said: “I was so proud to read this report. This is a great achievement for the Trust and I am absolutely amazed at how the team came together so quickly, implemented huge changes to clinical practice, adopted refined governance framework and delivered excellent outcomes.

“In all my years’ work being involved with JACIE inspections, I have never seen such a pristine report with so many complements. My congratulations to my team on this amazing achievement and for their continued hard work to provide the very best care for our patients.”