EQuIP is the Evaluation and Quality Improvement Program. This framework for managing health services to ensure quality and safe care and services and for achieving quality improvement has been used in Australian since 1996 and International since 2006. Every four years the EQuIP program is reviewed and revised; the current version, EQuIP5 has been used for performance assessment since July 2011.
EQuIP is a quality assessment and improvement program for organisations / health services and supports excellence in consumer / patient care and services. If this is achieved, accreditation will follow. The arrangement of elements under graded ratings that reflect increasing maturity of quality improvement activity has been designed to assist and support organisations / health services in their quality improvement efforts.
The key components of EQuIP are:
- The standards that organisations work to achieve;
- a yearly self-assessment to evaluate performance against the standards;
- ACHSI assistance and guidance around the organisation's self-assessment;
- biennial onsite surveys by an external, experienced team of accreditation surveyors to provide an independent assessment of the organisation's performance against the standards, and
- the improvement process undertaken by organisations to address the recommendations from the on-site surveys.
The EQuIP Program is internationally recognised as a leading quality improvement and accreditation system with an increasing membership base. The EQuIP standards are themselves accredited by the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua).
Last Review Date 29 June 2016