Private Dental Practice QIP Accreditation
We are proud to be among the select dental practices within Australia to have voluntarily achieved QIP Accreditation. There are only a handful of accredited dental clinics in the entire South-East region of Melbourne. As far as we know, we are the only practice within 5km of Oakleigh that has achieved this.
What is QIP Accreditation for dentists?
The Private Dental Practice Accreditation Program seeks to develop an environment of continuous quality improvement within the practice. This is achieved by the implementation of best practice systems and processes, and evidence based reductions to clinical and business risk. Ongoing education of staff on the importance of a quality based service delivery helps build a culture of quality, where patient safety is at the centre of everything we do.
What does QIP Accreditation mean for our patients?
We are committed to the ongoing improvement of the policies and procedures that govern our dental practice, assuring patients, staff, colleagues and peers that we comply with quality, safety and excellence across all standards.
Accreditation is not mandatory for dentists. It is independent recognition demonstrating that we have met the requirements based on defined criteria, that all practices can be upon judged equally. Accreditation assures our patients, staff and everyone associated with our practice that quality and performance standards have been met and are continually evaluated and improved.
Achieving accreditation demonstrates a commitment to the provision of excellent dental care and continuous quality improvement within the practice.Quality Innovation Performance
What are the NSQHS Standards as applied to our private dental practice?
The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards provide a nationally consistent statement of the level of care consumers can expect from health service organisations.
All public sector health organisations must undergo accreditation, but private practices are not required to undergo the same procedures. We have undergone this accreditation of our own volition and expense. We have voluntarily committed to continuously improve safety and quality for patients.
There are 10 NSQHS Standards that have to be met to become a QIP Accredited Private Dental Practice:
1.The Governance for Safety and Quality in Health Service Organisations Standard
This standard aims to ensure that there are systems in place within our practice to maintain and improve the reliability, safety and quality of health care. It ensures we recognise the importance of governance, leadership, culture, patient safety systems, clinical performance and the patient care environment in delivering high quality care.
2. The Partnering with Consumers Standard
The Partnering with Consumers Standard recognises the importance of involving patients in their own care and providing clear communication to patients. This Standard ensures we create a health service that is responsive to patient, carer and consumer input and needs.
3. The Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections Standard
This Standard ensures systems are in place to prevent patients from acquiring preventable healthcare associated infections and effectively manage infections when they occur by using evidence-based strategies.
4. The Medication Safety Standard
This Standard ensures our dentists safely prescribe, dispense and administer appropriate medicines to informed patients and carers.
5. The Patient Identification and Procedure Matching Standard
This Standard ensures correctly identify all patients whenever care is provided and correctly match patients to their intended treatment. Dentists, oral therapists, hygienists and other members of our staff all use the patient identification and procedure matching systems.
6. The Clinical Handover Standard
This Standard ensures there is timely, relevant and structured clinical handover that supports safe patient care.
7. The Blood and Blood Products Standard
The principles of good patient blood management that provide for clinically appropriate and safe management of patients while avoiding blood and blood product transfusions and its associated risks are supported by this Standard.
8. The Preventing and Managing Pressure Injuries Standard
This Standard helps prevent patients from developing pressure injuries and ensures we can effectively managing pressure injuries if they occur.
9. The Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration in Acute Health Care Standard
This Standard ensures that a patient’s deterioration is recognised promptly, and appropriate action is taken.
10. The Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls Standard
The focus of this Standard is on prevention of falls and the minimisation of harm from falls. It is not intended to address physical or psychological harm management.
To find out more about QIP accreditation at our practice, call us for more information.