Initiatives by Category

Integrated Care

Mapping of Services within NSW Health for People with an Intellectual Disability

Aim: Develop a web based service directory of available NSW Health service and resources for people with an Intellectual Disability. Identify existing specialist service and gaps in service for future planning.

Benefits: Information collected will be developed into a web based service directory for use by clinicians/health professionals, consumers and their families/carers. The information collected will also be used to support local and state-wide service delivery and to identify gaps in service for future planning.

ACI Pre-implementation Added: 30 May 2014|Last updated: 2 June 2014

Service Quality and Communication in Emergency Department Waiting Rooms

Aim: The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) funded research into service quality and communication in emergency department waiting rooms. The research team was comprised of staff from Southern Cross University with applied skills and knowledge in organisational communication, culture, history, structures and operations.

Benefits: The CEC and Southern Cross University are collaborating on developing educational materials to further progress this area in NSW. Sites interested in being pilot sites for this work are encouraged to email the Directorate of Patient Based Care and express interest.

CEC Pre-implementation Added: 6 November 2013|Last updated: 5 March 2015

Implementation of the Statewide Pain Plan

Aim: To document and implement a statewide pain strategy to reduce the burden of chronic pain in the community.

Benefits: Following the implementation of the NSW Pain Plan, there will be greater access to expert services, and improved support for primary care, for people living in regional NSW.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 8 November 2013|Last updated: 20 January 2014

The Health Literacy Guide

Aim: The Health Literacy Guide has been developed to assist health services by providing practical strategies to address health literacy barriers for patients. The Guide also assists health services to meet new performance goals and the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

Benefits: By considering approaches to health literacy, health care organisations can benefit by improving safety and quality in health care. Consumers can benefit by accessing health information that is meaningful and relevant to their individual medical needs and navigating the system more easily.

CEC Pre-implementation Added: 6 November 2013|Last updated: 15 July 2014

Training in Patient Based Care

Aim: The Directorate of Patient Based Care facilitates training and education in Patient Based Care to: Board, Executive, Leaders, Senior Managers and Clinicians; Junior Clinicians; and the workforce (through Train-the-Trainer).

Benefits: Through training the Directorate assists services to provide patient based care and meet new performance goals and the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (Standard 2.6 Implementing training for clinical leaders, senior management and the workforce on the value of and ways to facilitate consumer engagement and how to create and sustain partnerships).

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 7 November 2013|Last updated: 5 March 2015

Care of Adult Patients in Acute Care Facilities with a Tracheostomy

Aim: To improve the safety and quality of care provided to adult patients with a tracheostomy in NSW hospitals.

Benefits: Reduce number of, and severity of adverse events in adults with tracheostomy Improve patient experience and outcomes Improve staff experience in caring for patients with a tracheostomy Reduce length of stay

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 28 October 2013|Last updated: 26 June 2015

Access to Health Services for People with Intellectual Disability: The Patient Story

Aim: To inform people with intellectual disability, and their carers, about how the health system works to address their needs; To give health professionals insights on how the people they care for interact with the health system.

Benefits: Adapting the health service needs of people with intellectual disability according to their identified needs.

ACI Pre-implementation Added: 8 November 2013|Last updated: 4 December 2013

Telehealth Pilot for Pain Management

Aim: To implement the telehealth toolkit and test and modify its application in the real setting of a pain clinic.

Benefits: Telehealth is a modality that can be utilized to improve access for people to specialized healthcare who live in rural and remote regions.It also provides support to clinicians working in distant locations and facilitates a multidisciplinary approach.It provides support to GPs who may be under resourced to provide appropriate pain management support.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 31 March 2015|Last updated: 16 July 2015

Clinical Innovation Program – Spread of Innovation

Aim: The aim of the ACI Clinical Innovation Program is to:Accelerate implementation of ACI Models of Care and Guidelines; Assist in the sharing and spread of local innovations.

Benefits: Improved implementation and system uptake of models, with demonstrated patient and health system benefit; Reduction in time and effort for LHDs to replicate contemporary evidence based models; Opportunities for LHDs to receive funding to implement the model.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 4 August 2014|Last updated: 7 August 2014

The Patient Based Care Challenge and Associated Guide

Aim: The Patient Based Care Challenge and associated provides practical strategies for transforming hospitals and health services for a patient based care focus.

Benefits: Local Health Districts sign up to The Challenge as a long term strategic commitment. The Guide provides practical advice on strategies within The Patient Based Care Challenge. Improving patient care experience is linked to improved clinical and business outcomes, including cost savings.

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 6 November 2013|Last updated: 5 March 2015

NSW Subcutaneous Insulin Prescribing Chart

Aim: To standardise an adult subcutaneous insulin chart and minimise risks in insulin prescription, administration and documentation.

Benefits: The chart combines prescription and administration with blood glucose, ketone monitoring and glycaemic management. It links all the necessary information for glycaemic management in one document.The chart is designed to minimise delays in management decisions and provide clinicians with clear guidelines for:Insulin prescription and administrationGlycaemic managementSafe supplemental insulin use.The chart includes:Regular, supplemental, once only, and telephone ordersMonitoring for blood glucose levels (BGLs) and ketonesGlycaemic management guidelines to support clinicians that may not have access to local guidelines, policies or specialist...

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 8 November 2013|Last updated: 16 July 2015

Medication Safety and Quality Unit

Aim: To support the safe and quality use of medicines by identifying and addressing emerging medication safety risks.

Benefits: The CEC Medication Safety and Quality unit oversees four programs, Continuity of Medication Management, High-Risk Medicines, Medication Safety Self Assessment and VTE Prevention. The Continuity of Medication Management program provides tools and resources to support medication reconciliation; the process of ensuring that patients receive all intended medicines and that accurate, current and comprehensive medicine information follows them at all transfers of care. The High-Risk Medicines program heightens awareness of the harm that can be caused and assists in improvements to...

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 8 December 2014|Last updated: 9 November 2015

Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) Model of Care

Aim: To optimise the quality of care for patients with AML and enable a consistent approach to the provision of care. It provides a set of principles and outlines the key requirements at each stage of the patient’s journey based on evidence of best practice. It incorporates guidelines related to various components of the model.

Benefits: Key points included in this model are:Mechanisms to ensure early identification and referral to an AML treatment centreA multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach to treatment planning and the provision of care in an appropriate settingThe use of ambulatory care services to enable early discharge programs in a safe and efficient wayEffective follow-up and supportive care for all patients with AML

ACI Pre-implementation Added: 5 November 2013|Last updated: 10 July 2015

Osteoporosis Refracture Prevention Model of Care

Aim: To ensure people who sustain a minimal trauma fracture have access to early identification, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up for osteoporosis.

Benefits: Benefits include improved patient outcomes, better utilisation of hospital services, and reductions in health system costs for at risk people.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 7 November 2013|Last updated: 9 February 2015

Health Pathways Implementation and Evaluation

Aim: The ACI is supporting three sites to implement and four sites to evaluate Health Pathways. Local services review and clarify their patient pathways between primary and specialist care and share the information on a reference website for health professionals. This process is aimed at improving patient management, assessment and referral through streamlined links between primary and secondary care clinicians and providing clear information for referrers. The Local Health District/Medicare Local sites that the ACI are supporting are the Central Coast,...

Benefits: Creates clear referral pathways between services Provides comprehensive service information for referring clinicians Links clinicians to the appropriate best practice information Increases the appropriateness, quality and timeliness of referrals to specialist services Highlights opportunities for service improvement and redesign Creates links between primary and secondary care clinicians

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 4 December 2013|Last updated: 5 December 2013

Osteoarthritis Chronic Care Program (OACCP) Model of Care

Aim: The OACCP aims to provide interventions that support people with osteoarthritis of the hip and/or knee to: Self-manage their condition and co-morbidities; Reduce pain, increase function, and improve their quality of life; The OACCP considers and supports management of physical and psychosocial health care needs.

Benefits: The OACCP model of care has been implemented and evaluated in eight LHDs in NSW. Most of the participants have been on the NSW public hospital wait list for elective hip or knee joint replacement surgery. There have been a number of clinical gains, including: 11% of participants with knee arthritis who have been waiting for knee joint replacement surgery have agreed they do not need surgery at this time About 4% of those with hip arthritis have been supported...

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 7 November 2013|Last updated: 9 February 2015

ACI Guidelines for Home Enteral Nutrition (HEN) Services (2nd edition)

Aim: To provide a generic best-practice framework for the care of people needing HEN.

Benefits: The ACI Guidelines for HEN services promote a coordinated, multidisciplinary and patient-centred approach for people requiring HEN.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 6 November 2013|Last updated: 13 April 2015

In Safe Hands Program

Aim: The In Safe Hands program aims to build and sustain effective health care teams. It is intended to give these teams the structure and tools to redesign their units into strong, interdisciplinary teams, working together to deliver highly reliable, planned care to all patients.

Benefits: Teams that have implemented In Safe Hands have identified the following benefits: Reduced patient length of stay; Reduced unexpected deaths; Reduced adverse events; More satisfied staff; Improved patient experience; Improved safety culture.

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 6 November 2013|Last updated: 12 January 2015

AMBER Care Bundle

Aim: The AMBER care bundle provides clinical teams a framework to develop a management plan that may include end of life decisions in collaboration with the patient and family for patients whose recovery is uncertain while continuing with treatment in the hope of a recovery.

Benefits: Early identification of people who may have end of life care needs is the foundation of excellent end of life care. If early identification does not occur then appropriate planning, transfer, interventions and communication with the person and their family cannot take place The AMBER care bundle: Provides a tool to help clinicians identify people for whom recovery is uncertain and who may have end of life care needs Simplifies key interventions to support best practice Supports staff to start...

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 25 June 2013|Last updated: 9 November 2015

Community Update on Patient Safety and Quality

Aim: The Community Update is designed to provide consumers with information on the progress of NSW public hospitals across key areas including: handover, hand hygiene, medication safety, falls, healthcare associated infections, sepsis and incident management. A template of the Community Update is available for Local Health Districts who would like to report on their safety and quality data locally.

Benefits: By engaging the community and partnering with patients, family and carers as team members we can improve quality in health care. The Community Update supports the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care National Safety and Quality Health Service Standard 2.7.

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 6 November 2013|Last updated: 5 March 2015

Cystic Fibrosis Model of Care

Aim: Maintain or improve the health and wellbeing of people with CF Provide consumers with greater choice for how and where care can be safely and effectively provided Improve care and support provided to for people with CF, with additional focus on young people 15-24 and those with severe disease.

Benefits: Better meet the health care needs of people with CF in NSW now and into the future Build capacity within the health system to provide timely and effective care

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 8 November 2013|Last updated: 15 January 2016

Hepatitis C: A guide to current treatment and care

Aim: To provide health care managers and staff with information to help design and implement services for the best care for patients with hepatitis C in their own environments.

Benefits: Improvements in clinical practice and patient care.

ACI Pre-implementation Added: 8 November 2013|Last updated: 9 December 2014

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