Reflective Practice Workshops
28 September 2022
The Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) is inviting patient safety practitioners across the NSW Health system to register for a limited time reflective practice skills workshop designed specifically for their needs.
Improving safety and reducing error in maternal health
24 August 2022
262 babies are born each day in NSW and many of these births are associated with increasing numbers of known maternal complexities.
Improvement, leadership and compassion central themes at quality and safety conference
28 July 2022
The BMJ International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare launched on Sunday July 24, 2022, in Sydney after a 2-year pandemic hiatus.
Beard wrapping can improve safety for health staff unable to shave
16 June 2022
The CEC's Infection Prevention and Control team played a key role in research and guidance development to improve the safe use of P2/N95 respirators among health workers in the Sikh community.
New toolkit supports zero suicides in care goal
3 June 2022
The Suicide Prevention Quality Improvement Toolkit is part of the Zero Suicides in Care program and aims to reduce suicide in people who are cared for in mental health services in NSW.
Professor Michael Nicholl appointed CE
31 May 2022
Professor Michael Nicholl has been appointed the Chief Executive of the Clinical Excellence Commission.
Embedding patient experience into healthcare
27 April 2022
Ensuring the patient perspective is embedded into how we care for patients across NSW is a core function of the Clinical Excellence Commission's Partnering with People Panel.
Infection prevention the intention for all in healthcare
19 October 2021
This International Infection Prevention Week, October 17 to 23, the work of the state's infection prevention and control practitioners is more crucial than ever.
CEC's M&M Masterclass Podcast Series
9 September 2021
To support the implementation of our Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) meetings guiding principles, a new CEC podcast series is available to listen or download on Android/iPhone and desktop.
Reconnect with Quality and Safety Healthcare colleagues at Australasia's virtual International Forum
9 August 2021
The countdown is on to Australasia's virtual healthcare event of the year and, as proud regional partner, Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) is preparing to welcome clinicians from around the world to the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare, Australasia 2021.
Vigilance on hand hygiene rewarded
5 May 2021
Hand hygiene now has rock star status in our COVID-19 world but it has long been fundamental in keeping patients safe from infection in healthcare settings. Like all good practices, maintaining standards relies on constant effort.
Two awards recognise our role in NSW pandemic response
3 December 2020
Two health management awards from the inaugural Australian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM) NSW Branch Health Manager Leadership Awards mark the extensive contribution the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC) has made to safe and effective healthcare during 2020.
Our graduates striving for patient safety
15 October 2020
Clinical Excellence Commission team members Gabrielle Pilgrim and Danielle Murphy have graduated our Executive Clinical Leadership Program today after developing and presenting projects designed to improve patient safety and clinical quality.
Introducing the NSW Healthy Ageing and Fall Prevention Network
8 July 2020
Officer of the Order of Australia for Prof Oates in Queen's Birthday honours
10 June 2020
Graduates from across NSW present healthcare improvement ideas
28 February 2020
More than 40 senior health workers graduated the Clinical Excellence Commission's Executive Clinical Leadership Program last Thursday after completing a year of health improvement study.
The Clinical Leadership Program has been building a culture of health leaders across NSW for more than 13 years.
Safer from Sepsis in Australia
11 February 2020
New research from Macquarie University shows the Sepsis Kills adult sepsis pathway, developed by the Clinical Excellence Commission and used in NSW hospitals, is more effective than an internationally recommended model.
2019 World Patient Safety Day – Speak up for patient safety
17 September 2019
The Clinical Excellence Commission is proud to support the first World Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2019, a day of recognition established by the World Health Organisation in May this year.
This year's theme is 'Patient Safety: a global health priority' and the slogan: 'Speak up for patient safety'.
Staff tackling infections & medication safety among new health leaders
28 February 2019
TWO project officers from the Clinical Excellence Commission are among a group of more than 35 senior clinicians who graduated at our Executive Clinical Leadership Program.
Antimicrobial Stewardship Project Officer Lolita Tu and Medication Safety and Quality Officer Fiona Bailey each developed improvement programs related to their work within the CEC and supporting NSW public hospitals.
Together Achieving Better Health Conference
Nepean Blue Mountains Event
9 November 2018
Clinical Excellence Commission's Chief Executive, Carrie Marr, and Director of Development, Alison Starr, attended the Together Achieving Better Health Conference, hosted by Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District.
At the Conference, Ms. Marr's presentation, Reliable Healthcare is a Journey, not a Destination, was heard by a range of health professionals from across NSW.
Palliative Care NSW Biennial State Conference
8–10 November 2018
The Clinical Excellence Commission has been awarded the Best Overall Poster Presentation for its poster 'Community Pharmacy Palliative Care Initiative', at the Palliative Care NSW Biennial State Conference, held in Kiama.
The conference theme was "Riding the Waves of Change" with presentations and discussions exploring how palliative and end of life care has been provided in the past, what the challenges are now, and how we can prepare to embrace opportunities in the future.
Shanghai Hospital President Delegation
16 October 2018
On Thursday 11 October, the Clinical Excellence Commission presented to a senior health administrators delegation from Shanghai, China, at the invitation of the University of Sydney, who organised the delegation's two-week program from 8 - 19 October.
The delegation consisted of 24 presidents from the top Chinese public hospitals in Shanghai and two senior officers from the Shanghai Hospital Development Centre (SHDC) - the headquarters of Shanghai Municipal Hospital Group.
Master Clinician's Guide Launch
7 May 2018
NSW Health Secretary, Elizabeth Koff, officially launched the Master Clinician's Guide to Quality and Safety on 7 May. The Guide provides expert tools and resources to help healthcare staff foster a culture of safe, high-quality care.
Written by senior clinicians and safety experts, the Master's Guide is a follow-on from the
Clinician's Guide to Quality and Safety.
REACH partner Naomi Day awarded for her commitment to improving healthcare
28 March 2018
We have a proud history of working in partnership with Grant and Naomi Day who have become powerful patient safety advocates and determined supporters of our REACH program, since the tragic death of their young son Kyran in 2013.
In March 2018, Naomi's endless spirit of co-operation and commitment to making healthcare better was recognised with her winning the Heart of Women award in her local community on the NSW North Coast.
Prof Oates Honoured in Vietnam
16 March 2018
We were proud of our Director Undergrad Quality and Safety Education Prof Kim Oates who received the For People's Health Medal from the Vietnamese Government during a special ceremony in Hanoi this March.
Prof Oates is a leader in NSW healthcare and has been sharing his expertise with students and health staff in Vietnam for about a decade.
Working together to reduce serious harm from falls
28 February 2018
More than 180 clinicians from 42 teams across the NSW health system met in Sydney on 28 February 2018 to reduce serious patient harm from falls in NSW hospitals.
The event was the second of four learning sets for the Falls Collaborative, with the third and fourth sets to run in May and September, respectively.
The main focus for the learning set was on reliability by design, using Quality Improvement Science.
New electronic tool launched to help reduce VTE risk
19 February 2018
An electronic tool designed to assess a patient's risk of developing blood clots (also known as Venous Thromboembolism, or VTE) was launched at Prince of Wales Hospital on Monday 19 February 2018.
A collaboration between eHealth NSW and the Clinical Excellence Commission (CEC), the VTE risk assessment package has been designed to support clinicians in identifying, measuring and documenting the VTE risk for adult patients in the inpatient setting.
Extending our REACH
24 August 2017
The NSW Clinical Excellence Commission is urging more NSW hospitals to embed its REACH program across their adult, paediatric and mental health units as the program officially extends its early work and aims to become a key patient safety tool across the state's hospitals.
REACH stands for: Recognise Engage Act Call Help is on its Way. REACH is a rapid response program that encourages patients and families to phone for urgent medical review if they feel a patient's condition is deteriorating and clinical staff are not responding.Read more
Researching and identifying healthcare infections
20 June 2017
The Clinical Excellence Commission is partnering with other health organisations to develop a statewide network for rapid detection of healthcare associated infection outbreaks.
The research will be led by Chief Investigators Dr Matthew O'Sullivan, Western Sydney Local Health District, NSW Health Pathology, and Joe-Anne Bendall, Clinical Excellence Commission.Read more
HARC Scholar Sets Sights on Improving Response to Superbugs
5 June 2017
Healthcare Associated Infections project officer Amy Bisson is set to investigate ways to co-ordinate planned responses to multi-drug resistant organisms for NSW patients after being named a 2017 HARC Scholar by the Sax Institute.
Amy has an interest in the emerging threat posed by prominent super-bug carbapenemase-producing Enterobaceriaceae (CPE) which is posing huge challenges internationally.Read more
Clinical Decision Support Trial in NSW 2016 - 2018
1 March 2017
The Pilot of a Clinical Decision Support (CDS) tool, called OrderWise™, developed by Canadian company MedCurrent is underway at Liverpool and Royal North Shore hospitals and will run throughout 2016-18, with support from the CEC and the NSW Ministry of Health.
The CDS tool is built into the CERNER platform and is combined with the UK Royal College of Radiologists’ evidence-based referral guidelines (iRefer) to address appropriate imaging for many patient presentations.Read more
CEC learning content recognised internationally
8 September 2016
Two learning and development programs, for which CEC was a major contributor, have been recognised through the Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards Program.
Awarded to the Health Education Training Institute, End of Life Conversations took out the Gold Award for Best use of Blended Learning, and the Central Venous Access Devices training was awarded Silver in the Best Advance in Competencies and Skill Development category.
The Excellence Awards recognise organisations that have successfully deployed programs, strategies, modalities, processes, systems, and tools that have achieved measurable results. The program attracts entrants from leading corporations around the world, as well as mid-market and smaller firms.
SEPSIS KILLS: simple treatment saves lives
25 January 2016
New research out in the Medical Journal of Australia shows NSW emergency departments have been able to improve how they identify and treat patients with sepsis with the Clinical Excellence Commission's SEPSIS KILLS program.
Sepsis is a medical emergency and the research shows simple, early treatment saves lives.
The paper's authors wrote the number of patients receiving antibiotics in the first 60 minutes had risen from 29.3% in 2009-11 to 52.2% in 2013. Each year about 6000 NSW patients are hospitalised with sepsis and since the introduction of SEPSIS KILLS about 150 lives are saved each year through the care improvements.
Read more: MJA & MJA InSight
Hand Hygiene focus in SMH
15 January 2016
Hand hygiene is one of the most important things health workers can do to protect their patients from infection but if you were a patient in hospital would you ask a health professional if they'd cleaned their hands?
In this edition of the Sydney Morning Herald, our clinical advisor Prof Kim Oates provides comment and says asking health professionals if they have cleaned their hands is not only okay but also a good start for any patient looking to protect themselves from the risk of infection.
Orange Health Service implementing In Safe Hands
7 November 2012
Dr Charles Pain, Director, Health Systems Performance, Dr Gabriel Shannon, General Physician, Orange Health Service and Dr Jason Stein, Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, USA were interviewed by Angela Owens from ABC Central West. The interview focused on the work done at Orange Health Service 4AMU in implementing In Safe Hands and the use of Structured Interdisciplinary Bedside Rounds to improve teamwork and communication between clinicians.
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