No Harm Done Podcast
A podcast about improving, exploring, understanding and getting on with healthcare safety and quality
I love your Podcasts, they have been invaluable in my role of Patient Safety and Quality – I have everyone in my team listening to your podcasts too.
Do you have any insight/advice into a strategy during COVID 19 for monitoring and undertaking Audits under the NSQHS Standards? I am in the process of risk assessing what is the essential requirements, if staff on the floor are unable to undertake the normal Audit schedule in place. We would normally undertake Falls and Pressure injury Audits at this time, so I have looked at the high risk ward/units and intend to undertake 3 case note reviews from each of them -what are your thoughts?
Currently the only mandatory Auditing will be against infection control.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you so much Lorraine – we answer your question on the podcast in our Pandemic edition. Basically we agree with you – try to stick to your existing schedule, just a smaller sample size. Your answers are better than ours! Thanks again for getting in touch and good luck navigating this pandemic period.
The podcast is a great resource for me and I am always spruiking it at work. It’s a great mind expander! Thank you Cathys!
I work in disability and aged care quality and safety, and wonder if you know of formal qualifications that would be helpful? The ones I find seem to be hospital/healthcare focused.
Thanks so much for your lovely comment!
Formal qualifications for quality & safety are always difficult to find. Balding might have some ideas, but I’d recommend her website as a great starting point for a quality & safety course!
Have you done the govt education? https://www.agedcarequality.gov.au/online-learning
Although these may not give you a grad.dip or similar, you can certainly put them on your cv and as an employer I would consider them a good solid education basis for quality & safety roles.
Hi Richard – thanks for the great feedback. Most quality courses tend to be part of a formal qualification and the unis sometimes change these every year so are hard to keep up with.
Apart from Jones’ excellent suggestions, have a look at the Institute for Quality improvement – they have a range of courses. The point though is that you need to be able to pick out the key lessons and apply them to your sector – quality improvement is universal – once you learn the key principles and practices you can apply them anywhere. My course teaches it like this so it can be applied anywhere. Also – jump on http://www.cathybalding.com and sign up for my newsletter – and you’ll get my free quality system assessment tool which will get you started on what an effective quality system is – in any sector.
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