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Teamwork

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

SEPSIS KILLS Program

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.

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

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

Quality Systems Assessment (QSA)

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...

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 24 January 2014|Last updated: 14 October 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

Open Disclosure

Aim: The Open Disclosure project aims to enhance the care and support provided to patients and/or their support people and health care staff involved in a patient safety incident, through outlining a clear process for open disclosure communications and the roles and responsibilities of health services and their staff.

Benefits: Effective open disclosure can [1]: improve patient safety through an improved understanding of how things go wrong increase trust between patients who have been harmed by a patient safety incident and health care providers when information is exchanged and an apology is received assist patients to become more active partners in their care. [1] Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) Australian Open Disclosure Framework, Sydney, 2013

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 2 June 2014|Last updated: 17 November 2014

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

Clinical Practice Improvement (CPI) Training Program

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...

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 2 June 2014|Last updated: 2 June 2014

Supervision for Safety

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...

CEC Pre-implementation Added: 2 June 2014|Last updated: 2 June 2014

Clinical Practice Improvement (CPI) Advisors Group

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....

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 2 June 2014|Last updated: 2 June 2014

Centre for Healthcare Redesign (CHR) Graduate Certificate Program

Aim: The Centre for Healthcare Redesign (CHR) Program aims to: Increase capability within the Health System to deliver, redesign and service improvement activities; Promote a patient-experience based approach to service improvement; Create a learning culture to support professional development and networking opportunities for healthcare workers; Implement recommendations from external review of the CHR Graduate Certificate Program.

Benefits: The CHR Graduate Certificate Program builds capability in Project Management, Change Management and Redesign through a combination of eLearning, face-to-face training, and workplace coaching applied in real-time to a workplace project.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 8 November 2013|Last updated: 11 August 2016

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

Clinical Leadership Program

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....

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 2 June 2014|Last updated: 9 November 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

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

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

Blood and Marrow Transplant Environmental Cleaning (BMTEC) Project

Aim: To measure level of cleanliness provided in NSW BMT program. Establish baseline level of environmental cleanliness informed by three external environmental cleaning audits per facility. 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 pilot and validate the CEC NSW environmental cleaning audit tool against an established standard; To inform quality improvements in environmental cleaning standards in BMT/Haematology units (an extreme-risk functional area). Monitor...

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, Nov 2012). Authored by the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC), this policy was released as a policy directive by the NSW Ministry of Health in November 2012 (1). 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...

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 8 November 2013|Last updated: 5 August 2016

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

Develop and Implement an ACI Knowledge Management (KM) Approach

Aim: To partner with Health Services to develop and implement an approach that supports collaboration, learning capability and sharing knowledge about innovation and improvement projects in health services.

Benefits: A robust KM approach will serve NSW Health by ensuring: Both small and large-scale innovations and improvements generated across health services are recognised and shared to benefit the broader health system The work of the ACI is shared across the NSW Health system to encourage effective partnerships and assist in delivering better health outcomes, improved patient experience and efficient service delivery.

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 8 November 2013|Last updated: 30 May 2014

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

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

Improving the Medical Inpatient Journey with Criteria Led Discharge

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...

ACI Ready to Implement Added: 8 November 2013|Last updated: 30 May 2014

5x5 Antimicrobial Audit

Aim: The 5x5 Antimicrobial Audit is an initiative of the Clinical Excellence Commission that aims to improve communication and selection of empirical antimicrobial therapy among clinical teams.

Benefits: The 5x5 Antimicrobial Audit provides a platform for introducing regular, frequent and directed measurement and reporting of antimicrobial prescribing indicators in NSW local health districts and networks. The auditing process encourages clinically appropriate interventions where indications are unclear and/or empiric antimicrobial prescribing is found to be non-concordant with local guidelines. The 5x5 Antimicrobial Audit also facilitates rapid feedback of ward or unit-level antimicrobial prescribing indicators by providing tools and support to enable simple reports to be generated and discussed with...

CEC Ready to Implement Added: 2 June 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

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