AuthorsHealth Service Executive (HSE) Quality and Patient Safety Directorate
Quality Improvement Division
Local subject classificationAUDIT
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PublisherHealth Service Executive (HSE)
DescriptionOver recent years, the health service has placed an important emphasis on quality and service user safety by developing an infrastructure for integrated quality, safety and risk management with the aim of achieving excellence in governance for quality and safety. The HIQA National Standards for Safer Better Health Care (2012) Theme 5 Leadership Governance and Management states that service providers should have clear accountability arrangements to achieve the delivery of high quality, safe and reliable healthcare. The HSE recognises the critical importance of good governance and of continually enhancing accountability arrangements. In this regard and in the context of the establishment of the Hospital Groups and Community Health Organisations, the HSE is strengthening its accountability arrangements and has put in place a new Accountability Framework (National Service Plan, 2016). The Quality Improvement Division is building on this. Formalised governance for quality arrangements ensure that everyone working in the health system are aware of their responsibilities, authority and accountability, and work towards achieving improved service user outcomes. Effective governance for quality recognises the inter-dependencies between corporate and care governance across services and integrates them to deliver high quality, safe and reliable healthcare/social care. The idea is we are all responsible and together we are creating a safer healthcare system.
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