Clarence Hospitals and Community Health Services Awarded 3 Years Accreditation

Clarence Hospitals and Community Health Services Awarded 3 Years Accreditation
Grafton Base Hospital and Maclean District Hospital, Community Health and Clarence Mental Health Services were subject to a full survey against the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) during the period 21 – 25 October 2013.

The ACHS is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to improving the quality of health care in Australia through the continual review of performance, assessment and accreditation. Established in 1974 with a mission to “improve the quality and safety of health care” and a vision to be recognised nationally and internationally as the leading Australian organisation that independently assesses performance and promotes and improves the quality and safety of health care.

I congratulate the Staff on this excellent result. It is a testament to the excellent work being undertaken locally so ensuring safe and effective quality systems are in place, which benefits the patients and clients who use these services

Northern NSW Local Health District Chief Executive, Chris Crawford said the ACHS is the leading independent authority on the measurement and implementation of quality improvement systems for Australian health care organisations. The principles upon which all ACHS programs are developed and the characteristics displayed by an improving organisation are:

  • A customer focus.
  • A strong leadership.
  • A culture of improving.
  • Evidence of outcomes.
  • Striving for best practice.

These principles can be applied to every aspect of service within an organisation.

Accreditation is a formal process to assist in the delivery of safe, high quality health care based on standards and processes devised and developed by health care professionals for health care services. It is public recognition of achievement of accreditation standards by a health care organisation, demonstrated through an independent external peer assessment of that organisation’s level of performance in relation to the standards.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has produced the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. Compliance with these 10 standards is mandated for all public hospitals in Australia and are:

  1. Governance
  2. Partnering with Consumers
  3. Infection Control
  4. Medication Safety
  5. Patient Identification
  6. Clinical Handover
  7. Blood & Blood Products
  8. Pressure Injuries
  9. Clinical Deterioration
  10. Falls
Clarence Valley Staff formed working parties for each of the standards and were delighted with the feedback provided by the Surveyors saying they had achieved compliance with each of the 10 standards as well as achieving a very high number of meritorious ratings.

“I congratulate the Staff on this excellent result. It is a testament to the excellent work being undertaken locally so ensuring safe and effective quality systems are in place, which benefits the patients and clients who use these services,” Mr Crawford said.


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