The International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua)
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Who we are?
ISQua is The International Society for Quality in Health Care. We are a global organisation and our origins date back to 1985.
ISQua’s mission is to inspire and drive improvement in the quality and safety of healthcare worldwide through education and knowledge sharing, external evaluation, supporting health systems and connecting people through global networks.
We achieve this in a number of ways through a network that spans 100 countries and five continents;
Whatever your level of involvement in health care, as an individual or as an institution, joining our global network will help you to achieve your goals; and whatever your health care role, be it as a clinician, manager, policy maker, academic or other, if your remit is quality and safety then we offer a supportive, professional environment to help you perform more effectively.
We are a truly global body, with five out of six continents represented on ISQua’s ten-person Board. The expertise of ISQua and its network of members is a highly valued resource by those in the medical and social care community.
Our network also develops partnerships which improve the delivery of health care for patients, their families and the organisations administering that care. One of our key partners is the World Health Organisation (WHO) and we assist with technical and policy advice as well as knowledge sharing as part of WHO initiatives.
Improving Health Care Worldwide
Ideas and solutions are developed and exchanged through our extensive global network. Such co-operation covers the entire continuum of care, ranging from systems and processes to quality of patient care and performance. It also includes patients and their loved ones who are a valuable resource as we seek to achieve our goal of excellence in health care delivery and outcomes.
Additionally, ISQua is involved in the accreditation of national and regional health care facilities worldwide via our International Accreditation Programme. We are responsible for assessing the standards of organisations who set the benchmarks in healthcare safety and quality and we are the only organisation that specifically uses health and social care standards.
ISQua is an essential resource for policy makers, leading patient safety agencies, health care workers and other health professionals around the world.
ISQua’s Mission Statement
To inspire and drive improvement in the quality and safety of healthcare worldwide through education and knowledge sharing, external evaluation, supporting health systems and connecting people through global networks.
ISQua addresses its core business through a number of policy portfolios and objectives. In 2015 the Board identified the following strategic priorities until 2018:
What is the International Accreditation Programme (IAP)?
ISQua’s International Accreditation Programme (IAP) provides a mechanism for external evaluation and standards setting organisations to assure themselves that their standards, their surveyor training programmes and that they themselves, as an external evaluation organisation, meet international best practice requirements and to demonstrate this to their clients, funders and other stakeholders.
The IAP Process
ISQua’s IAP process is based on a framework of standards for continuous improvement, which utilises self-assessment and independent peer review. Each of the programmes are based around a 4 year cycle incorporating continuous assessment.
To be eligible for assessment, by ISQua, an organisation, or part of the organisation, must be a recognised external evaluation body within the health or social care sector. Their aim should be to improve the quality of care for the public by providing external evaluation services based on quality standards and related services that support performance improvement. The organisation may address specific clinical or specialist areas or services. ISQua must assess and award at least one set of standards, before the organisation is surveyed.
In certain circumstances, external evaluation bodies are eligible if they use standards that have been developed by another body, for example, the Ministry of Health for the country or by another accreditation body. Where this is the case, there must be a licence or written permission to use them. Where possible, every effort should be made to have these standards assessed.
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