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Double Accreditation for CDHB services

Friday 18 January 2008

Double Accreditation for CDHB services

Two of the Canterbury District Health Board’s specialist services have been accredited by Quality Health New Zealand this week.

The Specialist Mental Health Service and Older Persons Health and Rehabilitation Service received the maximum three years accreditation, under the internationally benchmarked programme.

Canterbury District Health Board's Specialist Mental Health Service Operations Manager George Schwass said the accreditation was a fine achievement as it confirmed the high calibre of service delivery and a commitment to continuous improvement.

"The accreditation process surveyed consumer and family participation, quality and risk management systems, leadership and management systems and standards of care. This achievement is confirmation that our strategic directions are well positioned for the future”, Mr Schwass said.

Accreditation was received in addition to certification against the Ministry of Health’s Health and Disability Sector Standards for both services, covering the period from December 2007 to December 2010.

Older Persons Health and Rehabilitation Service, Operations Manager Diana Warren said the award showed a continued commitment from all staff to providing the best possible care for patients and to making sure quality systems were in place.

"And it doesn't mean we're going to rest on our laurels now", she said. "Our commitment to improvement is ongoing. Accreditation and certification provides a measure as well as a way of monitoring the health services we provide. It also shows the public can trust our services."

The Quality Health New Zealand accreditation process is a survey against standards developed on the following principles: client/ patient/ consumer focus, leadership, teamwork, continuous quality improvement, best practice and process outcomes of management. The audit is based on a peer review by senior health professionals and managers and to receive accreditation the service has to perform well across all of the listed areas.


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