ISQua has expanded existing activities significantly and introduced new activities in the six years since its move to Dublin, most noticeably in the last four years.
The success of recent years has required a significant increase in resources in the form of funding, in particular funding the training of existing staff and the appointment of the specialised staff needed to enable us to expand and build programmes. So far the additional revenues generated by this expansion have covered these costs. However staff have been working beyond normal capacity to achieve this and have also been working to the margins of their expertise.
I am delighted that my small article “What would Ernest think?” in the last Bulletin has stimulated debate. I would like to continue this conversation at the Pre-conference session in Doha and hope to meet you all there. Accreditation experts from all over the world will be there but we need to have a fresh view of the way we do things.
We are delighted to announce that the Individual Membership fee is to be reduced from €200 to €150 for 2016.
This reduction will be funded in part by providing online access only to the International Journal for Quality in Health Care.
We will be contacting all Individual Members in September to provide further information on how to avail of this reduction. For those Members who wish to continue to receive the Journal in hard copy there will be an additional charge of €50 bringing the fee back up to €200.
We hope that this saving will encourage our existing Members to continue their quality and safety in health care journey with ISQua and that it will attract new Members to join and become part of the ’ISQua family'.
ISQua's Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, 5th October 2015 in the National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar.
Documentation relating to the AGM was sent by email to all Members on 24th July 2015. If you did not receive this email or would like the information to to be re-sent to you, please contact Deirdre Burke
There are now only 40 days to go before we open this year's conference in the cultural city of DOHA. Over 600 delegates have already registered to attend and we look forward to meeting you all. The Official Programme will be available from mid-September, please check our website for updates.
We look forward to meeting our Surveyors and the represenatives from our Accredited Organisations at this year's Conference. Please visit us at the ISQua Stand at any time during the Conference and introduce yourself!
The number of Fellowship Programme participants has reached 225 with 52 countries represented in the Programme. The five countries that continue to provide the highest number of enrolments are Nigeria (16%), Ireland (12%), Australia (9%), Canada (6%) and Brazil (6%).
On 29th and 30th May 2015, ten founding and early members of ISQua met again in Udine, Italy to discuss 'The Roots of the Future' and to show what they had learned about quality in healthcare since the first meeting in 1985.
This session was organised by Andrea Gardini, President of SIQUAS, and with the support of the Regional Organisation among Municipalities and Local Health Trustees and Hospitals (Federsanità-ANCI) and Prof. Silvio Brusaferro Professor of Public Health, in the University of Udine and in the University Hospital.
The recording of the meeting is now available on our website in its entirety, and also by individual speaker. Special thanks to Fulvia Andri and Ada Prelazzi for providing the excellent translation.
A report of the findings from ISQua's founders and early members has been published in the August edition of the International Journal for Quality in Health Care and is freely available to members - ISQua Founders Reunion, Udine, June 2015
During July and August ISQua hosted an online Global Debate on Health Information Technology (HIT) and encouraged everyone who viewed the debate to participate by posting a comment and/or casting a vote for the team with the winning argument.
Peter Cater, ISQua's CEO provided his observations on the outcome after the votes had been counted.
So, the votes are in and the WINNER is the BLUE TEAM by 56% to the ORANGE TEAM’S 44%.
So this proves conclusively that Health Information Technology is already improving healthcare safety and current regulation around it is sufficient – doesn't it!? Maybe….maybe not.
ISQua is pleased to offer applicants from developing countries or countries with economies in transition, scholarship places in the ISQua Fellowship Programme.
The scholarships aim to identify and support up and coming ‘leaders’, who would benefit from a range of learning opportunities enhancing their professional development. Priority will be given to professionals who are relatively junior in their career and whose organisations are considered least able to afford such an opportunity. The scholarships do not target senior country officials working for well recognised institutions.
ISQua's Global Leader Lecture Series will continue in 2015 with Professor Jeffery Braithwaithe at the Quality Management and Patient Safety Association and University of Verona's 10th International Conference "Complexity and Patient Safety: ten years later, 2005-‐2015”
The Lecture, titled 'Resilient Health Care in Practice' will take place on Friday 23rd October 2015, 14:30 CEST
12 months ago the Board approved a project plan and business plan for an ISQua International Master of Healthcare Quality. This is a professional development programme for healthcare professionals and those with an interest in this field. Developing this qualification has required working in collaboration with internationally recognised universities to develop a combined ISQua/university qualification.
Each year, as part of our International Conference, we acknowledge and celebrate the achivements of individuals and organisations who have taken part in our programmes during the year.
This can range from organisations who have achived accreditation though our International Accreditation Programme, to our new ISQua Fellows, and to the authors whose poster most impressed our attendees during the conference.
Lay Summary of article chosen as 'Editor's Choice' for volume 27, issue 3 of the International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Rosen et al explore quality management and improvement in two Sierra Leonean hospitals. This study suggests that use of Failure Mode and Effects Analysis can improve quality of care processes in low resource settings.
The following is a 'thought paper' which was shared with us through our LinkedIn group by Carsten Engel:
Peter Dahler-Larsen in 2012 published a very interesting book “The Evaluation Society” (1). It describes, how our present society has traits from three sociohistoric epochs: The modern society, the reflexively modern society, and the audit society. The thoughts in his book are still very relevant and provide us with a lens, through which we may better understand some of the things happening around us. In particular, some aspects of the audit society are causing resentment and resistance among healthcare professionals.
Gaining momentum around the world thanks to the growing association of the Global Green and Healthy Hospitals Network (GGHHN), considering the environmental impacts of healthcare can be seen as both a close alignment of the health mantra of “Do no harm” and also a sensible business decision to save dollars that can be reinvested into patient care.
The holistic approach of GGHH to lessen the environmental impacts that occur in healthcare links strongly to the ISQua intent to support continuous improvement in the quality and safety of heath care worldwide.
Liz McBride, Program Manager - Laboratory Accreditation Services
Unlike many countries, healthcare in Canada is regulated and managed at the provincial level and as such, is subject to inherent challenges with regards to resource discrepancies and cross-jurisdictional standardization.
In 2013, the medical regulatory bodies of the four western Canadian provinces embarked on a journey to consider opportunities for diagnostic laboratory accreditation resource sharing and collaboration. It is a well recognized fact that standards and accreditation process development is a resource intensive initiative. The ultimate goal of sharing resources would also culminate in the enhanced standardization of accreditation processes across the member provinces.
Dr Emmilie Aveling and colleagues from the University of Leicester, UK, have published a report on their study undertaken between 2011 and 2013 to compare how the Surgical Checklist was used in operating theatres in two British hospitals and two sub-Saharan African hospitals. The study involved observing doctors and nurses in operating theatres and interviewing some of them, as well as managers.
This report looks at how hospitals – in high or low-income countries – can best approach implementation of safe surgery checklists in order to maximise the benefit to patients. It lists seven key lessons about how checklists can be introduced, implemented and used optimally and gives practical examples of how these lessons might work in a real situation.
News and information items are very welcome and should be sent to Sinead McArdle, Communications Coordinator, email@example.com
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