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In early 2019 Glenda Gorrie was looking forward to the next stage of her life, having 'retired' from full-time work at the end of 2018.

What she didn't expect was to be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. 

In this two-part conversation, we roam around her encounters with the health system, observing the 'person-centred care' aspects through the lens of Glenda's long clinical and policy-making experience with improving healthcare safety and quality.

Part 2 touches on issues with connected - or disconnected - care and what happens when you don't play the role of the 'good' patient; and we question if patient advocates are the answer and whether or not Glenda considers herself a consumer.  Finally, she distils what's really important: and it won't cost you a thing to implement!

Music credit: Fred Kinck-Petersen, sourced from the WavePad sound library.

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To make a powerful case for change, you need to know the components of a high performing quality system,  what it should be achieving, be able to demonstrate where your system sits in relation to that, and show the benefits for your consumers and organisation, to make a case for change.  If that sounds exhausting! - and you'd like a simple way to do this - read on.

After having more conversations about this than I can count, I’ve distilled my research and experience about what it takes for a quality system to drive great care into a One Page Quality System Performance Assessment Tool (QPAT).  If you don't have the tool, find it here.

This is something you and others in your organisation can complete in 5 minutes to make your case for change.  It’s a simple way to get the influencers and decision-makers on the same page about where you are and where you’d like to go in 2019, and helps you determine the more specific shifts you need to make to really focus on point of care.

The tool gives a snapshot of the key results an effective, mature quality system should be achieving. It’s a tool for clarifying what a high performing quality system looks like and developing a shared understanding in your organisation about the core components of an effective quality system; as well as your strengths and gaps; and what you need to do to get closer to great care for every consumer.

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If you could draw your progress since January 2018 towards great care for every consumer of your services on a map, what would it look like?  What would I see?  A deliberate road to a clear destination, over which significant distance has been travelled?  A meandering series of side-trips?  A few break-downs when you’ve been stuck in one spot for a while and took a while to get going again?  Or are you pretty much bogged down in the same place now as you were at the start of the year?

I've distilled the lessons from my research and working with hundreds of health and human services to identify the starting point for change. In this Part 1 of 2 these short Qualityclass videos (or audios) on accelerating your progress in 2019, I’ll show you one shift you can make that will get more positive engagement with staff in quality and compliance.

If you want to be able to say you made new standards and compliance requirements work more positively for your organisation; to point to significant progress with care and service quality; to show increased staff engagement; and demonstrate growth in your own leadership and role satisfaction.  

Commit to the right shift in the way you currently do things, and you’ll be on the road to achieving this.

 

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No Harm Done is a new aspect of QualityTalks and is my podcast with Cathy Jones (ED Quality at Healthscope.) It's all about improving, exploring, understanding and getting on with healthcare safety and quality, and is designed to give you tips, ideas and guidance if you’re working in the area of quality & risk management.  Includes segments on FAQs, Quality MythBusters, Too Long Didn't Read and Quality Hacks. This is Episode 3: 'Congratulations, you're a Quality Manager!' 

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Maree Cameron PSM received the Victorian Public Service Medal in 2017 for her significant contribution to improving residential aged care.  (She and I discuss her thoughts on quality and safety in residential aged care in a separate interview.)  Over a long career focused on improving quality of care and life for residents, she has amassed considerable knowledge about what this takes.  

So does this knowledge help - or hinder - when you're the one receiving care?  Maree has had multiple encounters with the acute care sector over the past few years as a patient, and kindly agreed to share her thoughts on being on the 'other side of the bed'.  In this interview we discuss what patient-centred care means to an informed patient who knows what it 'should' be and how it is defined from the provider perspective; but is this really what patients need - or want?  

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