PHA and HSE exchange best practice on Quality Improvement Strategies
Emer Agnew, Sports Surgery Clinic and Chair PHA Quality and Patient Safety Committee, with Dr Philip Crowley, National Director, Quality Improvement, HSE
The Patient Safety and Quality Committee of the Private Hospitals Association (PHA), comprising of Quality Managers from PHA hospitals across Ireland, welcomed Dr Philip Crowley, National Director, Quality Improvement, HSE and Dr Mary Browne, Quality Improvement Division HSE, to their quarterly meeting on 2nd June 2016. The meeting was hosted by Highfield Hospital in Whitehall – a PHA member regulated by the Mental Health Commission.
Dr Crowley and Dr Browne presented the HSE’s Framework for Improving Quality to the meeting and the group exchanged examples of good practice across both sectors. Dr. Crowley spoke about the importance of maintaining a long term proactive approach to quality in healthcare and noted the private hospitals’ achievements in achieving and maintaining rigorous external quality accreditation.
All members of the Private Hospitals Association are accredited by globally recognised Quality Accreditation Boards such as Joint Commission International or CHKS, or are regulated by a statutory authority such as the Mental Health Commission and must evidence consistent high standards of patient safety and quality of care.
Speaking after the meeting, PHA CEO, Simon Nugent, said “Today we agreed to intensify the exchange of best practice between the HSE and the private hospitals network. It is in all our interests to work together and take advantage of new learning so as to ensure best patient care.”