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How to become an Exemplar Centre

Any health care organisation in England can apply for VTE Exemplar Centre status by ensuring they meet the Exemplar Centre criteria and completing the form on the right. Applicants will then be asked to send evidence that they meet the criteria to Network leads. Here is an example of a successful application for guidance. Where evidence adequately meets the Exemplar Centre criteria, a site visit is arranged for the prospective organisation to present their processes, strategies, outcomes and innovation in the field to exemplar centres representatives. VTE Exemplar Centres status is then awarded to organisations that display quality, leadership and innovation in all areas of the criteria.

Why become an Exemplar Centre?

VTE Exemplar Centres tell us that gaining this status is important to them for several reasons;

  • As a kite mark for quality VTE prevention care, Exemplar Centres status conveys quality to patients and commissioners
  • Access to a community of health care professionals interested in quality and innovation in VTE
  • Networking and sharing of resources and ideas
  • Recognition of excellence in VTE prevention care

When happens after Exemplar Centres status is awarded?

Once Exemplar Centres status is awarded, a letter will be sent from Professor Arya to the Chief Executive and Medical Director informing them of this achievement. Exemplar centres are invited to use the Exemplar Centres logo on correspondence as they see fit and will be invited to Exemplar Centres events.

Nurses, midwives and allied health professionals will be invited to join the VTE National Nursing and Midwifery Network (NNMN). The VTE NNMN is a very active network supported by NHS Improvement. Members are in regular contact without each other regarding clinical queries and sharing resources. The network meets biannually and holds annual learning events free to all.


In order to ensure quality is sustained, Exemplar Centres are required to revalidate every 3 years. They are invited to submit evidence that they meet the revalidation criteria which is assessed by Exemplar Centre leads.