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New resources support Saskatchewan patients, family members to speak up about safety concerns

HQC Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 9:00 AM

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.

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Patient Flow Toolkit now available

HQC Posted on Thursday, May 5, 2016 9:43 AM

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.

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Spring 2016 Newsletter: ED Waits and Patient Flow Initiative

HQC Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016 10:00 AM

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.

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    HQC supports initiative on appropriateness of MRI requisitions for low back pain

    HQC Posted on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 10:51 AM

    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.

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    Quotes requested for Curriculum Design Specialist consulting services

    HQC Posted on Monday, February 22, 2016 9:32 AM

    The Health Quality Council (HQC) is requesting quotes for a Curriculum Design Specialist to provide consulting services to conduct a learner needs analysis.

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    Putting Patients First: recent highlights in our province

    HQC Posted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 9:56 AM

    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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    Report on evaluating Lean in Saskatchewan health care posted by University of Saskatchewan

    HQC Posted on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 7:56 AM

    An initial assessment of the use of Lean in Saskatchewan’s health care system, and proposed method for doing a more in-depth analysis was posted today to the University of Saskatchewan website. The report, entitled, “A First Phase Evaluation of Saskatchewan’s Lean Health Care Transformation: A Final Report,” was prepared by Dr. Thomas Rotter, Chair in Health Quality Improvement Science at the University of Saskatchewan, and a team of other academics at the university. Research was conducted between March 1, 2013 and May 31, 2014.


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    HQC issues Event Management RFP for the 2016 Quality Summit

    HQC Posted on Monday, January 25, 2016 10:13 AM

    The Health Quality Council (HQC) has posted a request for proposal (RFP) for event planning for the 2016 Saskatchewan Health Care Quality Summit. Interested applicants: Intent to Respond to the tender is due Friday February 5, 2016 and final proposals are due Thursday February 18, 2016.

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    Two new career opportunities

    HQC Posted on Thursday, January 14, 2016 5:14 PM

    The Health Quality Council (HQC) is seeking a Director, Finance and Corporate Services, and an Executive Services Assistant. Both are full-time positions based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

     

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    HQC researchers join forces with multi-province MS medication study

    HQC Posted on Monday, January 4, 2016 1:59 PM

    According to the World Health Organization, around half of all people who are prescribed medication do not take it properly. Medication adherence is extremely important for the effective management of many chronic illnesses, including multiple sclerosis (MS).

    New research supported by the Health Quality Council (HQC) has found medication adherence is actually quite high among MS patients in Manitoba and British Columbia, and is especially so in Saskatchewan.

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