Accreditation Model designed through collaboration
As part of our commitment to Quality and Safety, the Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) participates in Accreditation which is an independent, third party assessment of the care and services we provide, helping us to identify what is being done well and areas where we need improvement.
This past summer, SHA leaders, employees, Accreditation Leads, Patient and Family Advisors, and representatives from the First Nations and Métis communities were brought together to collaborate in the design of a new SHA Accreditation Model that would drive continuous quality improvement within the SHA.
This day was key to helping the SHA make future accreditation plans. Those in attendance at the event created more than 20 different options for the future Accreditation Model, ultimately selecting one recommended model to move forward. The model that was chosen and released in February is founded in the Life Cycle.
“The visual that was chosen represents the Medicine Wheel,” says Andre Letendre, Cultural System Advisor for the SHA and participant in the Accreditation Visioning Day. “The model is circular to represent holistic health and follows a continuous process from infancy to end of life.”
“At the core of the model lies the SHA values and philosophy of care, with Patient and Family Centred Care at the centre of everything we do,” says Felecia Watson, Executive Director of Patient and Client Experience. “The inter-relatedness of this model proposes that all components are required to attain our vision of Healthy People, Healthy Saskatchewan.”
Moving outwards from the center, the next section is divided into four quadrants aligning with the four directions East, South, West and North. The cycle begins in the eastern direction and progresses clockwise over a four year accreditation period. Each quadrant represents the year in which accreditation review takes place. Once the four-year cycle is complete this process begins again.
The first two quadrants of the model speak to programs, services and interventions that prevent disease and worsening of medical conditions.