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In mid-October health care system leaders, managers, and providers in this province will have a chance to learn about large-scale change in health care from one of today’s leading lights in the field. Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer with the National Health Service’s Horizons Group, will lead a one-day workshop entitled ‘Rewriting the Rules: Enduring and Emerging Approaches to Change’ on Monday October 17 at TCU Place in Saskatoon.
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The Health Quality Council’s 2015-16 annual report showcases our work over the past year in three main areas: Building sustainable improvement through knowledge and education; developing measurement and evaluation systems to provide timely feedback; and connecting people across the health system and providing quality improvement leadership. The report also delves into provincial initiatives, such as Safety Alert/Stop the Line, Emergency Department Waits and Patient Flow, and the Saskatchewan Centre for Patient-Oriented Research.
“Appropriate care is the right care, provided by the right providers, to the right patient, in the right place, at the right time, resulting in optimal care." – Canadian Medical Association
A new webpage, hosted on the Health Quality Council (HQC) website, now provides a gateway into Appropriateness of Care activity in our province.
The second issue of Saskatchewan’s patient- and family-centred care newsletter has arrived! Published by the Health Quality Council – in collaboration with our system partners – this issue features stories on open family presence, eHealth’s Citizen Health Information Portal, and profiles of patient and family advisors in Five Hills and Saskatoon Health Regions.
As a province, Saskatchewan is committed to a health system that puts patients and families at the centre of patients’ health care decision-making.
Health regions in this province now have access to a variety of materials aimed at supporting patients and family members to speak up if they have concerns about the safety of their care. The resources, which were distributed to safety leads around the province in early April, were developed by the Health Quality Council (HQC), in collaboration with patient and family advisors, and health region staff.
Over the next few years, Saskatchewan is focusing on three key strategies to shorten ED waits and improve patient flow across the health care system: interdisciplinary rounding, alternate level of care, and transfers of care. Operational leaders, managers, and point of care staff now have ready access to information about, and tools for applying, these strategies – in the form of a Patient Flow Toolkit. The resource package, which includes modules for each of the three strategies, was developed by the ED Waits and Patient Flow team in collaboration with provincial stakeholders.
A new edition of the newsletter for the ED Waits and Patient Flow Initiative is now available. Stories include: Tackling hospital overcrowding: Alternate Level of Care strategy; Improvements migrate to new hospital (Five Hills Health Region); Wigmore control centre facilitates better patient flow (Five Hills Health Region); and, Daily bedside rounding improves care in hospital and in the community (Prince Albert Parkland Health Region)
Read the Spring 2016 issue.
A new checklist – recently developed in Saskatchewan – is supporting physicians when they make lumbar spine MRI requests, ensuring that this medical imaging test is ordered for the patients who need it. It’s a quality improvement initiative supported by the province’s Appropriateness of Care program and the Health Quality Council (HQC), focused on the appropriate use of MRI requisitions for low back pain.
The Health Quality Council (HQC) is requesting quotes for a Curriculum Design Specialist to provide consulting services to conduct a learner needs analysis.
The inaugural issue of Saskatchewan’s patient- and family-centred care newsletter is here! Published by the Health Quality Council – in collaboration with our system partners – we share stories from actual patient and family advisors, and updates on patient-focused initiatives across our health regions.
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