Murdoch pilot for the next Standards

Focus group at Murdoch discusses the next version of the Standards.

Focus group at Murdoch discusses the next version of the Standards.

Caregivers at St John of God Murdoch Hospital have been working with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to pilot the Draft Version 2 of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

The hospital applied to the Commission for the opportunity to be involved and in July 2015, was selected to participate as a level 2 pilot site.

The Quality team, together with the Commission, held two forums in September to facilitate consultation from caregivers throughout the organisation. Caregivers were also given a copy of the draft standards on which to provide feedback.

The revised standards aim to close identified safety and quality gaps and improve the safety and quality of care for people in the areas of mental health, cognitive impairment, health literacy and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health.

Quality Manager Kimberley Montgomery says being involved has enabled the hospital to analyse its own safety and quality processes.

“It’s really useful for us to be involved at this stage so that we can review our own processes and systems and better understand emerging safety and quality issues,” Kimberley says.

Kimberley says participation also provides a valuable opportunity for Murdoch to influence the content of the next set of Standards.

“It will also give us the opportunity to shape the next version of the Standards and give us a head start on anticipating what they might be looking for the next time around.”

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