Initiatives by Category
Aim: To ascertain the methods by which units are cleaned (e.g. frequency and process), resourcing, training, and education of environmental service personnel and clinical governance; To facilitate compliance with the Environmental Cleaning Policy NSW (PD2012_061) in regard to external auditing. To measure and benchmark the level of cleanliness of the transplant wards of the BMT Network. To inform quality improvements in environmental cleaning standards in BMT/Haematology units (an extreme-risk functional area). To assess sustainability of improvements made.
Benefits: With the support of the BMT Network Council and ACI, the BMTEC project provides the following benefits: (i.) Enhanced compliance with the Environmental Cleaning Policy NSW (PD2012_061). The categorisation of risk in the Policy provides a basis for recommendations of frequency and minimum cleaning standards for each functional area. Additionally, the policy outlines measures to evaluate cleaning outcomes and the acceptable levels of quality that should be achieved for a given category of risk. The BMTEC’s external cleaning audits provide...
Ready to Implement Added: 8 November 2013|Last updated: 20 April 2018
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...
Ready to Implement Added: 25 June 2013|Last updated: 9 November 2015
Aim: The aim of Between the Flags is to improve early recognition and response to clinical deterioration.
Benefits: The Between the Flags system is designed to protect patients from deteriorating unnoticed and to ensure they receive appropriate care. It is a ‘safety net’ for patients who are cared for in NSW public hospitals and health care facilities.
Ready to Implement Added: 30 October 2013|Last updated: 9 November 2015
Aim: The CPI training program provides clinicians with training in a methodology to address a problem or issue they have identified as adversely affecting patients. They then undertake a project to address the problem, with the ultimate aim being to improve patient outcomes / care or patient experiences.
Benefits: The methodology, once learned, can be applied to a variety of clinical settings and enhance patient care and clinical quality. There can be savings both monetary and in decreased length of stay. Some projects successfully manage to reduce variation in what they do and therefore improve processes and standardise care. Teams are interdisciplinary and can work more closely together towards a common goal. The training helps created a pool of staff skilled in quality improvement. Participants can use being on...
Ready to Implement Added: 2 June 2014|Last updated: 2 June 2014
Aim: To reduce delays when a patient is medically ready to return home from hospital.
Benefits: A formalised criteria-led discharge process has the potential to: Improve patient experience: patients are able to get home sooner; Enhance patient safety: criteria led transfers of care through a checklist; Reduce unnecessary length of stay: not being in hospital when patients can actually return home; Reduce bed days: elimination of unnecessary days in hospital; Minimise waste: reduction of costs as a result of eliminating unnecessary lengths of stay in hospital; Improve staff satisfaction: staff are not pressured to transfer patients...
Ready to Implement Added: 8 November 2013|Last updated: 30 May 2014
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
Pre-implementation Added: 5 November 2013|Last updated: 10 July 2015
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.
Pre-implementation Added: 6 November 2013|Last updated: 5 March 2015
Aim: To provide a consistent method when making a referral from primary care to a tertiary pain service, irrespective of where the service is located.
Benefits: All services will have the same triage criteria and process for accepting patients from primary care.
Ready to Implement Added: 7 November 2013|Last updated: 17 November 2014
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.
Ready to Implement Added: 8 November 2013|Last updated: 20 January 2014
Aim: The Quality Systems Assessment (QSA) is a clinical risk management program designed to provide clinicians and managers at all levels with information relevant to their local systems for clinical quality and patient safety.
Benefits: The QSA is one vehicle that contributes to resilience in our health system. Working directly with local teams and local priorities, the QSA supports continuous learning and improvement to prevent and reduce patient harm. Through the multi-level self-assessment, reporting and site visits the QSA is able to identify risks and support improvements: Locally – through detailed local data returned directly to local teams Systemically – through aggregation of local data to identify high priority themes for action All effort that...
Ready to Implement Added: 24 January 2014|Last updated: 14 October 2014
Aim: Establish a coaching panel to provide high quality, easy to procure coaches for the health services to:build capability for improvement, implementation and leadership; develop the capability of LHD local managers to sustain change and innovation.
Benefits: High quality coaches will be pre-assessed and appointed to the coaching panel.LHD / SHN Senior Project Leads and Managers will increase capability for change management and sustainability, growing capacity in local health services.
Ready to Implement Added: 4 August 2014|Last updated: 7 August 2014
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.
Pre-implementation Added: 6 November 2013|Last updated: 15 July 2014
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).
Ready to Implement Added: 7 November 2013|Last updated: 5 March 2015
Aim: The CPI advisors group aims to bring quality managers together to share their knowledge and experiences with each other as well as working together to develop resources for use across the NSW public health system. This group communicates by monthly teleconference and meets face to face annually for a professional development workshop. Members have also been involved in a collaborative workshop with Clinical Redesign leads.
Benefits: The program enables quality managers to meet up with peers in a similar position, who can assist with directing or sharing policies or procedures. CPI advisors share how their organisation has responded to changes within the system around accreditation and national standards and how they are implementing or supporting CPI initiatives in their Local Health District (LHD) / Specialty Health Network (SHN). The group has a shared HSnet site where articles of interest or resources can be uploaded to share.
Ready to Implement Added: 2 June 2014|Last updated: 2 June 2014
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.
Ready to Implement Added: 6 November 2013|Last updated: 5 March 2015
Aim: It is proposed that the Supervision for Safety project address NSW Health system deficiencies related to supervision at the point of clinical care. Specifically related to ensuring patient care plans are appropriate and deterioration in patient condition is escalated to the most appropriate level.
Benefits: The Supervision project aims to ensure the appropriate support is provided to less experienced clinicians.The expected project outcomes include:Supervision of the clinical workforce is built into core work practices; Supervision is structured to allow clinicians to be trained without compromising patient care; Supervision provided by clinicians at the point of care is appropriate for the level of expertise of the clinicians involved; Practices are in place to establish the level of expertise of less experienced staff; Supervision is treated as...
Pre-implementation Added: 2 June 2014|Last updated: 2 June 2014
Aim: The ultimate aim of the program is to build a cohort of clinical leaders with the skills and commitment to shape a sustainable culture of patient safety, professionalism and positivity within the NSW health system.It aims to enhance:the understanding of clinicians about the workings of NSW Health; knowledge of contemporary approaches to patient safety and clinical quality systems; the skills of clinicians in relation to communication, conflict resolution and team leadership within an environment of health care resource limitation; the...
Benefits: The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) believes that the power of clinical leadership is an essential component of the CEC’s commitment to improving patient safety and clinical quality in our healthcare system. Clinical leaders play a pivotal role in the patient safety and clinical quality environment and need to have their full potential harnessed to ensure the health system works better and more safely for staff, patients and their families. In this, the program supports clinicians to develop extraordinary leadership practice.
Ready to Implement Added: 2 June 2014|Last updated: 9 November 2015
Aim: The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC)’s eChartbook is an interactive web-based tool providing a curated, accurate and timely view with expert commentary providing an overview of the state of knowledge in relation to quality and safety of health services in NSW. It aims to be a key resource for driving change within the NSW health system. It focuses particularly on CEC’s on Projects and Programs.
Benefits: The eChartbook is designed for use by clinicians, local health district (LHD) health professionals and other interest groups. It also provides information for the public about safety and quality issues and is written in a publicly-accessible style. The eCharbook presents more timely data through the use of dynamic charts, updated in real time
Ready to Implement Added: 18 February 2015|Last updated: 23 March 2015
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