The Primary and Community Healthcare Standards are aligned to the NSQHS Standards.
Under the Clinical Governance Standard, healthcare services are expected to:
- Support healthcare providers to use best-practice guidelines and available evidence, including clinical care standards (such as the Sepsis Clinical Care Standard), where relevant: Action 1.20b
- Monitor and respond to unwarranted clinical variation: Action 1.21.
Specific actions that are relevant to this clinical care standard include:
- Antimicrobial stewardship: Action 3.14
- Recognising serious deterioration or distress and escalating care: Action 3.31.
Application of the Primary and Community Healthcare Standards is voluntary. They should only be applied where services are involved in the direct care of patients. The way in which an individual primary and/or community healthcare service implements the Primary and Community Healthcare Standards will be dependent on the size of the healthcare service, as well as the risks and complexity associated with the services it delivers.
More information about the Primary and Community Healthcare Standards is available at the Primary and Community Health Service Standards webpage.