Accreditation is one of the most effective ways for health and social service organizations to improve the quality of their services, and to demonstrate that they meet or exceed national standards of excellence. It is an ongoing journey that uses a team approach to assess the organization’s programs and services against standards specific to the care delivered. Education is an important part of this journey, helping to prepare an organization for the process. Accreditation Canada offers a number of education sessions and workshops related to accreditation and quality improvement. In addition, surveyors provide organizations with invaluable advice regarding care and services during the peer survey.
“Accreditation has enabled our SFN Health Centre to improve operations, enhance positive health outcomes for community members and offers a process for ongoing quality improvement, for the Health services we offer”, comments Sandra Good.
The Accreditation process includes Policies and Practices:
■ Driving and transportation on the job
■ Employee orientation
■ Team members who work alone
■ Adverse events and critical incident reporting
■ Client rights and responsibilities
The Health Cetnre Team has worked towards full accreditation through the application of nine sets of standards for Aboriginal Health Services: community health and wellness, substance misuse, effective organization, managing medications, infection prevention and control and integrated primary control.
As of June 2014, the SFN Health Team has been informed by Accreditation Canada that the Snuneymuxw Health Centre meets its national standards and has been fully accredited!
Download the Annual Report below or stop by the Health Centre, if you have any questions.