Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—Braemar Hospital) Notice 2012

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Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—Braemar Hospital) Notice 2012

Pursuant to section 54 of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, the Minister of Health, being satisfied of the matters set out in section 54(3) of that Act, gives the following notice.

Notice

1  Title
  • This notice is the Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—Braemar Hospital) Notice 2012.

2  Commencement
  • This notice comes into force on the day after the date of its notification in the Gazette.

3  Declaration of protected quality assurance activity
  • The Braemar Hospital Quality Assurance Activity described in the Schedule is a protected quality assurance activity.


Schedule
Description of Braemar Hospital Quality Assurance Activity

cl 3

1  Interpretation
  • In this schedule,—

    activity means the Braemar Hospital Quality Assurance Activity described in clause 4

    participant means a health practitioner who—

    • (a) provides health services at Braemar Hospital; and

    • (b) is either—

      • (i) employed by Braemar Hospital; or

      • (ii) authorised by Braemar Hospital to provide those health services; and

    • (c) is participating in the activity.

2  Objective
  • The objective of the activity is to improve the practices and competence of participants by assessing the health services performed by those participants.

3  Information
  • The activity is based on information that—

    • (a) is derived from participants; and

    • (b) relates to health services provided at Braemar Hospital.

4  Activity
  • The activity involves—

    • (a) auditing clinical practice by way of review and assessment of patient records and patient satisfaction surveys, with particular focus on clinical processes, patient care management, and treatment decisions; and

    • (b) analysing the following data on patients:

      • (i) admission and discharge; and

      • (ii) morbidity; and

      • (iii) mortality; and

      • (iv) treatment outcomes; and

    • (c) identifying and analysing any practice that results in an outcome for patients that may, but need not, be an adverse outcome; and

    • (d) comparing the results of the audit in paragraph (a), and the analyses in paragraphs (b) and (c), with internal and external benchmarking standards; and

    • (e) holding peer review meetings; and

    • (f) making recommendations on how participants can improve their performance so as to—

      • (i) improve the quality of care they provide; and

      • (ii) reduce the incidence of adverse outcomes; and

    • (g) facilitating and monitoring the implementation of any such recommendations.

Dated at Wellington this 18th day of March 2012.

Hon Tony Ryall,
Minister of Health.


Explanatory note

This note is not part of the notice, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This notice, which comes into force on the day after the date of its notification in the Gazette, declares the quality assurance activity called the Braemar Hospital Quality Assurance Activity to be a protected quality assurance activity. The effect of this declaration is that—

  • any information that becomes known solely as a result of the activity is confidential; and

  • any documents brought into existence solely for the purposes of the activity are confidential; and

  • the people who engage in the activity in good faith are immune from civil liability.

The protections afforded by this notice are subject to certain statutory exceptions. For example, this notice does not prohibit the disclosure of information that does not identify, either expressly or by implication, a particular individual.

Under section 54(4) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003, this notice remains in force for a period of 5 years after the date on which it is issued, unless it is sooner revoked.

This notice revokes the Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—Braemar Hospital) Notice 2006, which has expired.


Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 22 March 2012.

This notice is administered by the Ministry of Health.