Quality and Outcomes in oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (QOMS): improving practice and patient care in OMFS
Escalating healthcare expenditure in the NHS is unsustainable, and service commissioners need to provide surgical procedures that demonstrate clear health benefits, best practice and cost-effectiveness. Patients should expect, and demand, high quality care and the best possible surgical outcomes from oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMFS), but the specialty lags behind other surgical specialties. To address the issue, 2018 British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (BAOMS) President, Ian Martin, initiated a specialty-wide quality improvement (QI) and clinical effectiveness initiative: the Quality and Outcomes in oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (QOMS) project.
To set up and develop a sustainable quality management and clinical effectiveness programme that delivers continuous improvement in the care of patients undergoing OMFS within all parts of the NHS and demonstrates health-related benefits to patients from selected OMFS activities.
QOMS will collect data on a series of QI and Clinical effectiveness areas agreed with the SSIG leads and deputy leads. That information will be used to compare OMFS units across the UK and identify and share best care practices. The project will focus specifically on the areas of the care process that impact on OMFS surgical teams.
What has been happening?
Since its launch in July 2018, the QOMS team has:
- Conducted a specialty-wide consultation led by the SSIG leads and deputy leads to identify potential targets for QI and Clinical effectiveness.
- Developed an extensive protocol describing the analytical and reporting strategies the project intent to implement.
We hope to pilot and launch the first phase of the QOMS programme in 2019. In the meantime, we would like to hear from you, please contact: Fabien Puglia, QOMS Project Manager
Watch this space!