Quality and safety

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle

This document has been peer reviewed by Fellows of the RACP to help you find high quality CPD resources on quality and safety.

Last updated April 2017.

Resources are categorised by type:

  1. Key organisations & websites
  2. Webcasts
  3. Courses
  4. Tools
  5. Key journals
  6. Recommended reading

Professional development in Quality and Safety

Continuing to develop your quality and safety skills is essential to maintaining a high standard of patient care.

Important behaviours include:           

  • Adhering to accepted codes of conduct and standards of practice
  • Regularly reviewing and evaluating clinical practice, medical outcomes, complications, morbidity and mortality
  • Working within a defined scope of practice and demonstrating appropriate diagnostic, therapeutic and procedural skills

For further information on patterns and markers of behaviour in the area of Quality and Safety please refer to the SPPP Guide

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1. Key Organisations & Websites

Useful as a starting point and overview of current work in this area

CPD tipCPD TIP:  Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these websites. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    This US Department of Health and Human Services website includes many resources for clinicians and policymakers.

  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
    The ACSQHC is a government-funded body. On their website you will find Australian standards of practice along with useful tools and resources to help you implement the standards.

  • Health Quality & Safety Commission New Zealand
    New Zealand's Health Quality & Safety Commission works to improve health and disability support services. The website contains a range of useful resources and publications on health quality and safety. 

  • European Union Network for Patient Safety
    The Network for Patient Safety and Quality of Care (PaSQ) is a European Union funded project. The website includes comprehensive databases of clinical and patient safety practices.

  • Health Quality Ontario
    This Canadian website includes an interactive introduction to quality improvement as well as tools to help you improve your practice in clinical and professional areas.

  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
    The IHI is a US based organisation with an increasingly international focus. It works to improve health system performance, focusing on population health, the individual’s experience of care and the cost of care. They provide many free and paid resources, including online and face-to-face training.

  • NHS National Patient Safety Agency
    This UK based website includes a wide range of resources on patient safety from the NHS including best practice guides, toolkits and data reports.

  • The King's Fund
    The King's Fund is an independent charity, which aims to improve health and care in England. Their website provides toolkits, frameworks and readings for improving quality of care. 

2. Webcasts

Useful for brief overviews of topics and recent developments

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these webcasts in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here.

3. Courses

Useful for in depth, structured learning

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these events and courses. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

4. Tools

Useful for implementing what you have learned in your daily practice

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for any learning from these tools. Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

5. Key Journals

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time reading these journals in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here.

6. Recommended Reading

Useful for keeping up to date with research and finding out more on specific topics

CPD tipCPD tip: Don’t forget to claim CPD credits for your time spent on these readings in Category 5 (1 credit/hr). Download the current MyCPD Framework here. 

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We thank Dr Sarah Dalton, A/Prof Grant Phelps, Professor George Rubin and A/Prof Ian Scott for their contributions to the Quality and Safety page.

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