HQIP Announce Closer Working With Accreditation Bodies
On 25th November 2016 the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) announced the launch of a major new healthcare improvement initiative designed to improve patient care, provide consistency for clinicians and reduce the burden of regulation for healthcare by using accreditation bodies.
Accreditation is not new, most maternity units will remember the NHS Litigation Authority CNST Assessments. However since they were withdrawn managers have reported a decline in standards of record keeping and miss having a third party structured review of their maternity service.
As an ex CNST assessor I am delighted to be working with a global accreditation company AACI to explore how we can bring value for money accreditation to maternity units. I have been engaging key stakeholders and yesterday was delighted to meet with Mike Richards, Chief Inspector of Hospital at the Care Quality Commission to talk about maternity service excellence and the use of accreditation programmes.
We have developed the AACI Clinical Excellence Standard for Maternity Services which have an almost direct correlation with the CQC key lines of enquiry, so maternity units could use the standards as way of preparing for their CQC visit and achieve a Quality Excellence Mark at the same time which will be a real benefit.