Quality Improvement (Making a Better Care Experience)
What is Quality Improvement?
Quality Improvement involves making continuous, small changes to improve the healthcare experience.
Why is Quality Improvement Important?
In healthcare, there is always room for improvement!
Engaging patients, families, and staff in quality improvement help to optimize the quality of care that patients receive and improve the care experience for patients, families, and providers.
For more information about Quality Improvement Click Here to watch a video by Dr. Mike Evans
What are the Quality Improvement Goals for the HRFHT?
At the Humber River Family Health Team, we are committed to providing the best possible patient-centered care.
Our QI Goals:
- Improve timely and efficient access to care (i.e., being able to see your healthcare provider when needed on the same or next day)
- Provide excellent care that is centered around our patients (i.e., involving patients as much as they want in decisions about their care and/or treatment)
- Provide safe and effective care (i.e., use of appropriate assessments and follow-up that is based on up-to-date evidence)
- To provide all patients the same (equitable) quality of care (i.e., ensuring all patients have access to the same services regardless of race, gender, income, education, etc.)
Best Practice Spotlight Organization Ontario Health Team (BPSO OHT)
We are currently in our second year of the pre-designation process to becoming a BPSO OHT in partnership with the North Western Toronto Ontario Health Team (NWT OHT) and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.
For more information about the NWT OHT Click Here
What is a BPSO OHT?
As a BPSO OHT, we are working in partnership with 12 organizations that are part of the NWT OHT. We are collectively committed to optimizing patient outcomes through the implementation of evidence-based practice and robust staff engagement.
Over four years (2019-2023) we are working on:
- Implementing four best practice guidelines
- Training all staff as champions to support implementation
- Sharing ideas, successes and lessons learned
- Monitoring and evaluating our progress
What are Best Practice Guidelines?
Best Practice Guidelines provide evidence-based recommendations for health care teams to provide the best possible care.
We are implementing the following BPGs:
Year 1 (2019-2020): Person and Family-Centered Care
Year 2 (2020-2021): Engaging Clients who use Substances
Year 3 (2021-2022): Care Transitions
Year 4 (2022-2023): Preventing Falls and Reducing Injury from Falls
Year 1 Highlights
to read about our implementation of the Person and Family Centerd Care BPG during the COVID-19 pandemic
Who are our Champions?
Champions are staff members who are committed to improving practice through the implementation of evidence. They do this by raising awareness, motivating others, facilitating change, sharing evidence, monitoring results and so much more.
We have an incredible team of champions at the HRFHT:
Lori (Registered Nurse), Alessandra (System Navigator), Ashley (Chiropodist), Nav (Clinical Pharmacist), Andrea (Registered Dietitian), Evelyn (Registered Nurse), Chloe (Social Worker), Clement (Social Worker), Maria (Medical Receptionist), Marsha (HR and Program Manager), Nora (Registered Practical Nurse)