The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care specifies that all hospitals and day procedure services must be accredited against the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards as part of the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation (AHSSQA) Scheme.
Hospitals are required to undergo accreditation against the second edition of NSQHS Standards, following their implementation on 1 January 2019. Part of the AGPAL Group of Companies, QIP brings together a comprehensive combination of history, expertise, experience and knowledge from delivering accreditation services and support to primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare organisations across Australia. This unique insight has allowed us to create innovative software solutions, resources, tools, education and training, and personalised support offerings to make hospital accreditation with QIP a positive and quality focused experience.
QIP is one of a select few organisations approved by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to provide accreditation against the NSQHS Standards (second edition) and is committed to providing personalised support to hospitals to best meet their accreditation needs.
Helping you transition to the Second Edition of the NSQHS Standards
QIP is helping health service facilities transition to the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards (second edition). These videos provide a overview of the revised, streamlined eight standards. Find out:
- What needs to be in place to meet the new Standards?
- What are the key changes from the First Edition?
- And what are the key steps you can take to prepare for the new Standards?
Overview | NSQHS Standards
NSQHS Standard 1:
Clinical Governance (second edition)
NSQHS Standard 2: Partnering with
Consumers (second edition)
NSQHS Standard 3: Preventing & Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection
NSQHS Standard 4: Medication Safety (second edition)
Understanding NSQHS Standard 5:
Comprehensive Care (second edition)
Understanding NSQHS Standard 6:
Communicating for Safety (second edition)
Understanding NSQHS Standard 7:
Blood Management (second edition)
NSQHS Standard 8: Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration (second edition)
Request our our Helpful NSQHS Handbook to see how QIP can help you transition to the NSQHS Standards (second edition)
A quality approach to accreditation with QIP
QIP’s support systems and assessment processes allow hospitals to use accreditation as a mechanism to drive continuous quality improvement to enhance their levels of high-quality patient care and safety. Our team is available to guide hospitals through the NSQHS Standards and evidence requirements to ensure their accreditation experience is a positive one.
QIP accreditation supports hospitals to reassure patients of their high levels of safety, quality of care and service provision while adhering to national minimum benchmarks. It also ensures hospitals meet State and Territory jurisdictional requirements for accreditation, related to licensing of hospitals, and the accreditation requirements of private health funds.
Benefits of accreditation
Reassures patients and the local community of a health services’ commitment to deliver quality-focused services and care.
Reduce business risk
Allows for ongoing review, monitoring & improvement of systems, processes & culture; enabling risk management & mitigation.
Educating and engaging a health service’s team in the process of quality improvement can build a culture of quality among staff.
Offers confidence to patients of the service delivery and care provided and can assist health services to meet regulatory requirements for funding incentives.
Reflects a health service’s commitment to continuous quality improvements in systems, processes, policies, culture, risk management and staff management.
Provides opportunities to identify areas for improvement and implement solutions to enhance patient care and service experiences.
How QIP supports organisations
Dedicated and personalised support
QIP Client Liaison team - QIP has a team of professionally trained Client Liaison Officers on hand to answer any questions clients may have about accreditation. With expert knowledge of the Standards, evidence requirements and the self-assessment process, QIP’s Client Liaison Officers are dedicated to providing clients with on-going support throughout their accreditation cycle.
QIP’s accreditation hub
The QIP accreditation hub is an online platform tailored to each client’s individual accreditation timelines and framework requirements. It includes a personalised action plan, a resource library and a number of other features to support clients throughout their accreditation journey.
Access to AccreditationPro
QIP’s online self-assessment software, known as AccreditationPro, streamlines accreditation preparation by helping clients determine their organisation’s compliance with an applicable set of Standards.
Access to online resources and education
QIP’s online Education and Resource Library, known as QbAY, provides clients with access to a range of practical, informative and customisable resources to support organisations in complying with the relevant industry Standards.
Regular news and e-newsletters
Stay up-to-date with industry and organisational news, helpful tips and your standards information with QIP communications including periodical e-newsletters advising of any changes to processes, systems, standards or evidence requirements are released.
Highly trained assessment teams
QIP’s Assessors are highly trained and qualified peer assessors who work across the Australian health, community and human services sectors. Our team will share their knowledge and support organisations through the accreditation assessment.
Celebrating the achievement of accreditation
Achieving QIP accreditation takes dedication, team work and a commitment to continuous quality improvement. When organisations achieve their accredited, certificated or verified status, they are provided with their own 'Promotional Toolkit' filled with a number of materials to celebrate and promote this achievement. The QIP Accredited Symbol is one way consumers and local community can be reassured that an organisation has been recognised for their commitment to delivering a safe and quality-focused service.