EQuIPNational Day Procedure Centres

EQuIPNational Day Procedure Centres Standards - developed specifically for Australian day procedure centres.

EQuIPNational Day Procedure Centres is a three-year accreditation program for day hospitals, day surgeries and day procedure services, that will ensure a continuing focus on quality across the whole organisation, for organisations required to be accredited to the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

It has been developed in response to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care's (ACSQHC's) NSQHS Standards which are mandatory for health services from 1 January 2013.

EQuIPNational Day Procedure Centres ensures organisations meet the necessary requirements of the NSQHS Standards, and offers a further five Standards which focus on Service and Care Delivery, Workforce Planning and Management, Information Management, Organisational Systems and Systems for Safety.

The key features of EQuIPNational Day Procedure Centres are:

  • the ten NSQHS Standards against which hospitals and day procedure centres are required to be accredited,
  • the five EQuIPNational Standards, which are derived from key elements of the EQuIP program and cover the performance of service delivery processes, provision of care and non-clinical systems,
  • a rating system in line with that introduced by the ACSQHC for the NSQHS Standards,
  • comprehensive Guidelines to facilitate safety and quality improvement.

With a much wider range of standards covered in EQuIPNational Day Procedure Standards, day procedure centres will have the opportunity to grow and expand their capabilities and maintain up-to-date performance strategies directed at assuring safety and quality in the delivery of services.

ACHS consulted widely within the industry to ensure a thorough review of its existing knowledge, with careful consideration given to the selection of the new standards, as well as the range of criteria and actions that they incorporate. 

For information on the EQuIPNational Day Procedure Centres program including survey requirements, please contact an ACHS Customer Services Manager at csm@achs.org.au or telephone 02 9281 9955.

View the EQuIPNational Day Procedure Centres standards and criteria

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Last Review Date 18 July 2017

EQuIPNational Day Procedure Centres Standards and Guidelines

EQuIPNational Day Procedure Centres Accreditation Program

EQuIPNational DPC Interim Accreditation Guide

EQuIPNational DPC Workbooks

EQuIPNational DPC Accreditation Program Instructions

Quality Improvement Resources

EQuIPNational DPC Mandatory Actions

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