Risk Management and Quality Improvement Handbook

We are delighted to offer the EQuIP 6 Risk Management and Quality Improvement Handbook which is now available for purchase from the DAA Group. This Handbook is an essential resource for all organisations with Quality Improvement goals. About the Handbook This Handbook provides information to assist organisations with the development of their Quality Improvement Plan and Risk Register. It describes how to manage risks at the organisational, division, department and system levels and to ensure that quality of care and services are integrated. The Handbook is of relevance to all organisations as well as those engaged in the EQuIP Accreditation programme.           Have a look at the contents page to understand the topics covered:  About EQuIP   The Evaluation and Quality Improvement Programme (EQuIP) was developed by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) to help health care organisations strive for excellence and was designed to be used by all types of health care organisations. The programme provides a comprehensive framework and information for establishing and maintaining quality care and risk management of services and tools to stretch your organisation to the next level. The programme has been developed to address the clinical, support and corporate functions of your organisation.   Order To order your copy of the EQuIP [...]

2017-09-28T12:08:49+00:00 August 16th, 2017|Client Information|

Vaccine storage in aged residential care facilities

The message below was sent to DHB Portfolio Managers by HealthCERT and this is important information for aged care providers. Dear DHB HOP Portfolio Managers The Ministry of Health has been notified of an event where influenza vaccines were compromised by exposure to temperatures outside the required storage range of +2˚C to +8˚C.  These vaccines were given to residents in an Aged Residential Care (ARC) facility and they have been offered re-vaccination.  This is of concern as this age group is vulnerable to the complications associated with influenza. This event has brought to both the Ministry's and the affected DHB's attention that some ARC facilities are storing vaccines on-site (i.e. influenza vaccine) and are not aware of the requirements for vaccine storage. We understand that most ARC facilities do not store vaccines on-site and the vaccinating health professional brings the vaccines with them ensuring they are stored at the required temperature range (this includes vaccine temperature monitoring).  For those facilities who offer their own vaccination service, by using an authorised vaccinator, they are required to maintain safe vaccine storage conditions at all times. We have been working with HealthCERT and provided an update in the May 2017 (Issue 19) HealthCERT Bulletin which can be found on the Ministry of Health website at: http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/regulation-health-and-disability-system/certification-health-care-services/healthcert-bulletin Who [...]

2017-07-11T16:03:57+00:00 July 11th, 2017|Client Information|

Māori Health Providers Hui, 17 November 2016, Auckland

E ngā waka, E ngā mana, E ngā hau e whā. Tēnā Koutou Katoa. Strengthening and consolidating Māori health providers, knowledge of the EQuIP programme including evaluation, self-assessment and benchmarking Enabling networking and collaboration between organisations in order to facilitate comparison and benchmarking opportunities Hui Programme Content        EQuIP – Self Assessment   Monitor progress Identify gaps and note achievements What is important to include in a self-assessment? What are the benefits? Evaluation What does evaluation look like? What are the important elements? Where to from here? Quality Improvement Quality improvement tools and programmes (includes quality indicators) Monitoring your performance and extending your gains Extensive Achievement and Outstanding Achievement Benchmarking and Comparisons (internal / external) What to compare and measure Determining best practice and achieving best outcomes Click here to view the programme   Registrations are now closed   Location Host Venue:    Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Address:           519 Great South Road, Otahuhu, AUCKLAND Parking:           Limited side street only. (See Map) Cost:                  $230 per person or $172.50 for two or more attendees (including GST) Presenters Cathy Cummings: Cathy is a Co-Director of The DAA Group.  Cathy has wide and in-depth experience in health and disability services, having worked in the health [...]

2016-11-16T16:57:35+00:00 October 20th, 2016|Client Information, Quality|

EQuIP 6 Guide Books

As you may be aware, the EQuIP standards have been through a routine and scheduled review by ACHS over the last two years. This has resulted in the enhanced version EQuIP 6. The EQuIP Accreditation Programme retains its status as the 'gold standard' in healthcare. The two guide books for EQuIP 6 are now available in electronic and hard copy. Book 1 covers all clinical criteria, and Book 2 covers support and corporate criteria. Electronic copy (Book 1 and 2) $57.50 Hard copy (Book 1 and 2) DAA Group Clients: $172.50 DAA Group non-clients: $201.25 All prices are inclusive of GST. The books can be ordered by downloading this form and emailing it to Margot Broadhead - margot.broadhead@daagroup.co.nz At our seminars in November, we will run a session that updates people on the principles of EQuIP, and the changes that have resulted in EQuIP 6.  

2016-08-19T10:59:32+00:00 August 19th, 2016|Client Information|

Crushing Guide for Oral Medications for Residential Aged Care

Waitemata DHB has released a guide for crushing oral medications for residents with swallowing difficulties in residential aged care. We know those of you that work in aged care may be interested in this. Please click on the pdf link below to read and download the document. If you have any queries about the content of the document, please contact Waitemata DHB directly. Crushing Guide for Oral Medications  

2016-07-27T12:31:28+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Client Information|