Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activities—Boulcott Hospital) Notice 2013

2013/99

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Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activities—Boulcott Hospital) Notice 2013

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 Activities—Boulcott Hospital) Notice 2013.

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 activities
  • Each of the following quality assurance activities described in the Schedule is a protected quality assurance activity:

    • (a) Boulcott Hospital Management of Reportable Events Activity:

    • (b) Boulcott Hospital Clinical Audit Activity:

    • (c) Boulcott Hospital Mortality and Morbidity Review Activity.


Schedule
Description of Boulcott Hospital Quality Assurance Activities

cl 3

1 Interpretation
  • In this schedule,—

    activity means the quality assurance activities described in clauses 4, 5, and 6

    Boulcott Hospital means Boulcott Hospital Limited

    participant means a health practitioner who—

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

    • (b) is participating in the activity

    reportable events includes incidents, accidents, or near misses.

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

3 Information
  • The activity is based on information derived from participants.

4 Boulcott Hospital Management of Reportable Events Activity
  • The Boulcott Hospital Clinical Audit Activity involves—

    • (a) examining patients' records involved in reportable events; and

    • (b) identifying, notifying, and analysing reportable events that may or may not have resulted in an adverse outcome for patients; and

    • (c) preparing documentation that—

      • (i) summarises the results obtained under paragraphs (a) and (b); and

      • (ii) identifies trends in the results obtained under paragraphs (a) and (b); and

    • (d) holding meetings to analyse and discuss reportable events and the documentation prepared under paragraph (c); and

    • (e) internally reviewing reportable events or arranging for external reviewing of reportable events; and

    • (f) making recommendations on how to prevent the recurrence of reportable events; and

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

    • (h) preparing and considering reports on the actions referred to in paragraphs (a) to (g).

5 Boulcott Hospital Clinical Audit Activity
  • The Boulcott Hospital Clinical Audit Activity involves—

    • (a) identifying audit topics relating to any aspect of clinical practice or clinical service delivery; and

    • (b) planning and implementing clinical audits; and

    • (c) reviewing and analysing the results of clinical audits; and

    • (d) preparing documentation that—

      • (i) summarises the results obtained under paragraphs (a) to (c); and

      • (ii) identifies trends in the results obtained under paragraphs (a) to (c); and

    • (e) making recommendations on the basis of the documentation prepared under paragraph (d) on how health practitioners who are engaging in the activity can improve their clinical practice; and

    • (f) facilitating and monitoring the implementation of any such recommendations; and

    • (g) compiling and reporting information obtained from the actions referred to in paragraphs (a) to (f).

6 Boulcott Hospital Mortality and Morbidity Review Activity
  • The Boulcott Hospital Mortality and Morbidity Review Activity involves—

    • (a) examining patients' records; and

    • (b) identifying and analysing patient outcomes arising from the conduct of mortality and morbidity studies; and

    • (c) preparing documentation that summarises the results obtained under paragraphs (a) and (b); and

    • (d) making recommendations on how health practitioners who are engaging in the activity can improve their performance so as to—

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

      • (ii) reduce the incidence of adverse outcomes.

Dated at Wellington this 2nd day of April 2013.

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 Boulcott Hospital Quality Management of Reportable Events Activity, Boulcott Hospital Clinical Audit Activity, and Boulcott Hospital Mortality and Morbidity Review Activity to be protected quality assurance activities. The effect of this declaration is that—

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

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

  • the persons who engage in each 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 Activities: Boulcott Clinic Limited) Notice 2008, which has expired.


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

Date of notification in Gazette: 11 April 2013.

This notice is administered by the Ministry of Health.