ISQua Update
 
Peter Carter, ISQua CEO
Peter Carter, ISQua CEO
CEO's Report

Board Elections

We have been overwhelmed with the respose to the call for nominations for the forthcoming Board elections. In particular the 15 nominations for the two or three positions on the Board for Individual Members is by far and away the most ever received. We also have six nominations for the four Institutional Member places which is also exceptional. Whether two or three Individual Membership positions are to be filled will depend by the outcome of the election for President elect.

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ISQua Board Elections 2013
As members of ISQua you should have already received a copy of the ballot papers for the Board elections.  Fifteen candidates have put their names forward as Individual member representatives and six candidates as Institutional members represenatives.   

A vote is also required for the position of President-elect, to replace David Bates, who will be stepping up as President of ISQua at the AGM on Monday, 14th October 2013.  Two candidates have put their names forward for consideration: Prof Cliff Hughes, Australia and Ms Wendy Nicklin, Canada.
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ISQua Activities
Conference
Edinburgh 2013
by Eadin Murphy
 
We are working hard to bring you the best conference possible for 2013.   The final programme and abstract book with be available online in September but until then we would like to draw your attention to the information currently available - we have full details on our Social Programme, Educational Site Visits, Pre-Conference Programme, Mobile Skills Unit and Accommodation.
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International Accreditation Programme (IAP)
by Sinead McArdle
 
We would like to congratulate the following organisations on successfully achieving ISQua accreditation for their standards or organisation. These awards were approved by the Board Accreditation Committee (BAC) on 20th June and 10th July 2013.
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Membership
by Deirdre Burke
 
Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the International Society for Quality in Health Care Ltd will be held at 16:50 on Monday, 14th October in Edinburgh's International Conference Centre.
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Education and Fellowship
by Jo Burke
 

We’ve recently re-designed the ISQua Education pages to help make your experience with us even more fulfilling and enjoyable.
This quarter we offer you many exciting activities. I hope you’ll enjoy them and remember to check in with us if you have any questions or are interested in participating in one of the exclusive Fellowship online educational programmes, such as IHI and RCSI Patient Safety. 

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Invited Articles
Patient Reported Outcomes Measures
by Janne Lehmann Knudsen
 
Janne Lehmann Knudsen, ISQua Board Member and Director of Quality and Safety at the Danish Cancer Society
Janne Lehmann Knudsen, ISQua Board Member and Director of Quality and Safety at the Danish Cancer Society

There is a growing interest in the development of new outcome measures that allow for a better and more efficient assessment of what matters most to patients and hence delivering patient-centred healthcare across the continuum of care. Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) will play a central role in measuring the quality of care delivered. The primary aim of health care is treating patients with the least possible side effects whilst achieving the best possible quality of life after treatment. Traditional measures on core services have been based solely on clinical measurements such as mortality and morbidity. These measurements provide necessary and objective indicators of quality of care, but are limited in terms of measuring patient’s quality of life during and after treatment including treatment related side effects and functional disabilities.

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Integrated Care: A Vision in Need of a Quality Improvement Strategy
by Dr Nick Goodwin, PhD CEO, International Foundation for Integrated Care and Senior Associate, The King’s Fund, UK
 
Dr Nick Goodwin, PhD CEO, International Foundation for Integrated Care
Dr Nick Goodwin, PhD CEO, International Foundation for Integrated Care
Over the past two decades an important demographic and epidemiological transition has taken place in high- and middle-income countries which has seen age-related and long-term chronic illness replace communicable disease as the biggest challenge that health systems must now address. Today, more than half of the growing numbers of people aged over 65 in Europe are living with more than three chronic conditions, with about one-fifth having five or more concurrent health problems. This shift means that the economic burden of age-related chronic illness now represents between 75-80 per cent of health care expenditure, a figure that is also expected to rise. The ability to find a way to sustain health outcomes and quality of care within limited financial resources has become the greatest of challenges.
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Publications
Nursing workforce education, migration and the quality of health care: a global challenge
Editorial, International Journal for Quality in Health Care Volume 25 Issue 4 September 2013
 
Throughout the world, the supply of skilled nurses is notoriously volatile, with major shifts into and out of the workforce as economies fluctuate. In the USA, Staiger et al. [1, 2] believe that the current surge in new registered nurse (RN) graduates will only partially alleviate future shortages. They predict that when the US unemployment rate drops to 6.5%, large numbers of nurses will retire or return to part time work leading to a return of regional shortages. They further suggest that the unprecedented expansion of health-care insurance coverage beginning in 2014 under the US Affordable Care Act of 2010 will likely increase the demand for nurses just as the supply is declining.
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Regulating the quality of health care: Lessons from hospital accreditation in Australia and Indonesia
The University of Melbourne, Health Policy and Health Finance Knowledge Hub
by Krishna Hort, Nossal Institute for Global Health, University of Melbourne
 
Regulation of the quality of care is a key challenge for governments, particularly because of the complexities of defining and measuring quality. However, with the introduction of national health insurance schemes and the move towards universal health coverage, there is increasing recognition of the need to address quality of care as part of these reforms.

The University of Melbourne Health Policy and Health Finance Knowledge Hub's working papers are in-depth pieces of research designed to support the development of evidence-informed policy-making.  
The Working Paper series is not a peer-reviewed journal; papers in this series are works-in-progress. The aim is to stimulate discussion and comment among policy makers and researchers.
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Resilient Heath Care
 

Resilient Heath Care, edited by  Erik Hollnagel, Jeffrey Braithwaite and Robert L. Wears,  is now available directly through Ashgate Publishing.  Please see details below for more information about this book.

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Future Events
Leadership Seminar on Patient Safety
Hosted by Health Care Informed (HCI) and Joint Commission International (JCI)
 

Health Care Informed (HCI) and Joint Commission International (JCI), will host the 3rd Annual Leadership Seminar on Patient Safety, on Monday, 7th October 2013, in the Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin, Ireland.  

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The Inaugural International Accreditation Symposium Exclusive to Industry Leaders
Hosted by Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) International
 

10th - 11th October 2013

Six inspiring thought leaders presenting at our two day symposium - limited places remain

Immediately prior to the 2013 ISQua Conference, six inspiring thought leaders will unite to present and inspire!

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Better Practice 2013 Australia
Hosted by Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency (ACSAA), Australia
 

These annual conferences focus on social care for the aged and sharing information to further improve quality of care. This year’s themes include human rights, sexuality and supporting people with challenging behaviours and dementia.

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2013 Planetree Annual Conference
 
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2013 Planetree Annual Conference

The longest running, international conference about patient-centered care featuring six keynote presenters and hundreds of workshops.

October 6-9, 2013

Montreal, Canada

To learn more and sign up now while space is available:  www.patient-centeredcareconference.com

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1st International Dental Regulators Conference
Hosted by the Canadian Dental Regulatory Authorities Federation
 
12th October 2013, Edinburgh, Scotland

For the first time, dental regulators from around the world are coming together to discuss critical issues of common concern. The 1
st International Conference of Dental Regulators is scheduled for Saturday, October 12th featuring Harry Cayton, Chief Executive of the Professional Standards Authority as the keynote guest speaker. He will focus his keen insight on the current challenges for dental regulators in today’s complex environment.
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