Initiatives by Category
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.
Ready to Implement Added: 6 November 2013|Last updated: 5 March 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
Aim: Through sustained improvement in hand hygiene by healthcare staff reduce the risk of healthcare associated infections.
Benefits: Improved health outcomes for patients (reduced morbidity and mortality); Reduced risk transmission of pathogenic organisms to patients, visitors and staff.
Ready to Implement Added: 2 June 2014|Last updated: 2 June 2014
Aim: To assess compliance with the guidelines and assist local health districts to further improve the care of children in emergency departments.
Benefits: Empower generalist NSW hospitals, which see the majority of children presenting to an emergency department, with tools and resources to deliver the highest quality care, regardless of location.
Future Initiative Added: 6 November 2013|Last updated: 9 April 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: 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 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: To improve the recognition and treatment of sepsis and septic shock in NSW healthcare facilities and to reduce their impact, mortality and financial costs.
Benefits: Successful implementation of the SEPSIS KILLS program is providing significant benefits at both clinical and system levels, including: more timely, standardised and effective detection and management of sepsis; reduced mortality, morbidity and bed-stays from sepsis-related conditions; enhanced clinician skills in sepsis recognition and management; enhanced networking opportunities across the system for clinicians and service teams; improved quality and safety of care; a better and safer patient experience.
Ready to Implement Added: 6 November 2013|Last updated: 5 February 2015
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: Healthcare Associated Infections (HAIs) are infections acquired in healthcare facilities and infections that occur as a result of healthcare interventions and which may manifest after people leave the healthcare facility. Prevention of HAIs and the transmission of multi-resistant organisms (MROs) are key patient safety and clinical quality initiatives for NSW Health. The HAI program at the CEC aims to reduce the risk of acquiring a HAI during care delivery in NSW health facilities. The program enables NSW Local Health Districts...
Benefits: Improved health outcomes for patients (reduced morbidity and mortality); Reduced risk of HAI transmission to patients, visitors and staff; Standardised approach to HAI prevention and control.
Ready to Implement Added: 2 June 2014|Last updated: 9 April 2015
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