Australia has been moving towards a nationally consistent approach to the safety and quality of health care since 2006 with the establishment of the Quality and Safety Commission. The 2nd Edition of the National Safety and Quality Health Standards, brought into effect in January 2019, addresses gaps identified in the first edition, including mental health … Continue reading The State of Patient Quality & Safety
With the second edition of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards now in full swing, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is primarily focused on protecting the public from harm and improving the quality of health service provision. One of the biggest changes from the first … Continue reading Comprehensive Care Vs Comprehensively Cared For
The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards 2nd Edition commenced from January 2019. As part of the 2nd Edition health service organisations can elect to undertake either the announced assessment program or short notice assessment program. The short notice assessment consists of one or two on site assessments each year. The health service … Continue reading Utilising short notice survey as a catalyst for culture change
What our delegates gained from attending the conference? • Ideas to strengthen clinical governance and quality assurance structures• Strategies on how to build a culture of continuous quality improvement across yourhealth organisation• Case studies from leading hospitals on partnering with consumers• In-depth look at how to tackle comprehensive care• Advice from expert auditors on how … Continue reading Takeaway’s From the NSQHS Part 2
The recent national conference on Implementing the 2nd Edition of the NSQHS Standards was a great success, with over 100 attendees from across Australia coming together to learn, network, and discuss practical strategies, with advice from leading hospitals and experienced surveyors. Highlights from the conference: Associate Professor Andrew Wilson from Safer Care Victoria opened the … Continue reading Transitioning to the 2nd Edition of the NSQHS Standards
Nick May is an experienced Nurse Educator based at Royal Perth Hospital in WA. Like many, I periodically get frustrated when, faced with the latest problem, I am directed to “Go and educate everyone about XXX”. When it comes to complex problems – like preventing hospital-acquired blood-stream infections – is education just a convenient box that, … Continue reading NSQHS: Do you ever feel like you’re in a hamster wheel, running but never reaching your destination?
Partnering with Consumers is proving to be the most challenging NSQHS Standard to comply with, according to a survey carried out by Criterion earlier this year. We questioned 173 clinical and administrative hospital staff from across Australia on how they felt they were performing against the NSQHS standards. While Standard 2 was the most problematic, the majority … Continue reading Which NSQHS Standard are hospitals struggling with most?
With the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards firmly established, many hospitals across Australia have now been through the accreditation process and are well under way with driving safety and quality systems to improve the quality of health care. The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards include the following Standard 1 – … Continue reading Meeting the National Safety & Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards