Topic: From strategic plan to high-quality care: using clinical governance as a strategy for achieving an amazing ageing experience.

Day: Wednesday 21 October 2020

Time:  1:30pm-1:50pm AEDT

Abstract:

The new Aged Care Quality Standards (ACQS) make explicit that the governing body is ultimately responsible for the delivery of safe and quality care and services. This was a distinct omission from the previous aged care quality standards.The new Aged Care Quality Standards (ACQS) make explicit that the governing body is ultimately responsible for the delivery of safe and quality care and services. This was a distinct omission from the previous aged care quality standards.
Data on compliance with the ACQS showed that for the first six months Standard 8 Organisational Governance was the standard with second highest rate of non-compliance. The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissions most recent data available at the time of writing (January – March 2020) shows Standard 8 remains a challenge for boards. For residential and home care, effective governance systems (a Requirement of Standard 8 Organisational Governance) was the Requirement with the second most frequent incidence of not met.
Boards of leading aged care organisations have long recognised and fulfilled their role in ensuring the delivery of safe and quality care and services. This is achieved through a governance (organisational) systems and frameworks approach that is consistent with contemporary corporate governance approaches.
All boards, in partnership with their Chief Executive Officers and Executives, can recognise and fulfil their role in ensuring the delivery of safe and quality care and services through:
• Integrating relevant organisational governance policies and procedures into their existing governance system (some people use the words governance policies and procedures or board charter); and
• Adopting an organisational wide systems approach – known as “governance systems” within the Standards – that is consistent contemporary corporate governance principles and practices.
In this presentation Aaron will focus on:
• What are a board’s responsibilities under ACQS Standard 8 Organisational Governance?
• How these responsibilities are consistent with a board’s more traditional corporate governance roles and responsibilities.
• How strong contemporary corporate governance is a pre-requisite to meeting ACQS Standard 8 Organisational Governance.
• Providing a practical and integrated approach that can be used by a board to put in place a contemporary governance model, structure, policies and procedures, practices and reporting that should meet or exceed the Requirements ACQS Standard 8 Organisational Governance.
• The importance of directors continuing to apply a wide lens when assessing whether they have fulfilled their governance roles and responsibilities; the ACQS being but one piece of regulation imposing governance obligations on boards.

 

 

Biography:

A Senior Consultant with Australian Strategic Services for over 5 years Aaron assists boards and individual directors to not only understand what their duties at law are but the future aged care and healthcare looks like. He has worked with a wide variety of aged care and health care boards, chief executive officers and executives on a range of projects including detailed review of where the Board’s or organisations documentation and processes sit against standards, quality frameworks and legislation, board assessments and reviews, drafting and documenting enterprise/organisation wide governance and risk management frameworks, strategic planning, business development, amalgamations and mergers and industry big picture trends and research.