National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards
Monitoring the implementation of this clinical care standard will help organisations to meet some of the requirements of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.
The NSQHS Standards aim to protect the public from harm and improve the quality of health service provision. They provide a quality assurance mechanism that tests whether relevant systems are in place to ensure that expected standards of safety and quality are met.
Within the NSQHS Standards, the Clinical Governance Standard and the Partnering with Consumers Standard combine to form the clinical governance framework for all health service organisations that applies to all other standards.
Action 1.27b, Action 1.28 and Action 4.15
Under the Clinical Governance Standard, health service organisations are expected to:
- support clinicians to use the best available evidence, including, clinical care standards (see Action 1.27b)
- monitor and respond to unwarranted clinical variation (see Action 1.28)
- identify high-risk medicines used within the organisation and have a system to store, prescribe, dispense and administer high-risk medicines safely (see Action 4.15).
Health service organisations are expected to implement the NSQHS Standards in a way that suits the clinical services provided and their associated risks.