Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—ANZCA Continuing Professional Development Program) Notice 2014

2014/139

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Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—ANZCA Continuing Professional Development Program) Notice 2014

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—ANZCA Continuing Professional Development Program) Notice 2014.

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

3 Revocation of this notice
  • This notice is revoked at the end of the period for which it remains in force under section 54(4) of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

4 Declaration of protected quality assurance activity
  • The ANZCA Continuing Professional Development Program described in the Schedule is a protected quality assurance activity.


Schedule
Description of ANZCA Continuing Professional Development Program

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1 Interpretation
  • In this schedule,—

    activity means the ANZCA Continuing Professional Development Program

    ANZCA means the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

    participant means a medical practitioner who is—

    • (a) practising in New Zealand; and

    • (b) participating in the activity.

2 Objective
  • The objective of the activity is to improve patient outcomes by providing participants with the opportunity to study, analyse, and audit selected aspects of participants' clinical performance.

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

4 Activity
  • The activity involves—

    • (a) developing individual continuing professional development plans for participants; and

    • (b) participants maintaining an online continuing professional development portfolio, including documenting—

      • (i) practice assessment; and

      • (ii) emergency responses; and

      • (iii) changes in delivery of care as a result of the activity; and

    • (c) conducting clinical audits to assess and evaluate the care of patients; and

    • (d) holding case conferences—

      • (i) to review the anaesthesia management of individual patients; and

      • (ii) to determine the best options for subsequent anaesthesia management of those patients; and

    • (e) holding case conferences, for cases involving patient death or serious morbidity during a period of anaesthesia management,—

      • (i) to review the anaesthesia management of individual patients; and

      • (ii) to determine whether, in any case, the anaesthesia management contributed to the death or morbidity of a patient, or whether the death or morbidity of a patient could have been averted; and

    • (f) reviewing the clinical audits referred to in paragraph (c) and the case conferences referred to in paragraphs (d) and (e); and

    • (g) reviewing patient care processes; and

    • (h) submitting perioperative mortality reports to mortality committees; and

    • (i) critical incident monitoring to identify and analyse any process or practice resulting in an outcome for patients that may, but need not, be an adverse outcome; and

    • (j) conducting peer reviews to evaluate the performance of a participant or group of participants; and

    • (k) conducting practice peer reviews (on-site appraisals of a participant's practice by a Fellow approved by ANZCA); and

    • (l) reviewing patient satisfaction surveys; and

    • (m) 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

    • (n) facilitating and monitoring the implementation of recommendations described in paragraph (m).

Dated at Wellington this 15th day of April 2014.

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 comes into force on the day after the date of its notification in the Gazette. It declares the quality assurance activity called the ANZCA Continuing Professional Development Program to be a protected quality assurance activity. The effect of this declaration is that, subject to certain exceptions,—

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

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 revoked before then.

This notice revokes the Health Practitioners (Quality Assurance Activity—ANZCA Continuing Professional Development Program) Notice 2009.


Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 1 May 2014.

This notice is administered by the Ministry of Health.