James talks to Dr Sarah Dalton about Quality and Safety for junior doctors.
Sarah Dalton is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead as well as Clinical Director at the Clinical Excellence Commission in NSW where she oversees a Clinical Leadership Development program. Sarah is President-Elect for the Division of Paediatrics and Child Health at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and holds a Masters in Applied Management in Health.
Sarah has a long-standing interest in the translation of evidence into practice, and is a strong advocate for improving Quality and Safety in Healthcare. She has a particular interest in clinicians leading change and recently completed a Fulbright Scholarship to evaluate Clinical Leadership Development Programs in the United States.
With Dr Sarah Dalton, Paediatrician and Clinical Director at the Clinical Excellence Commission, New South Wales, Australia
Quality and safety measures are methods of making care better for our patients.There are six domains of quality and safety: care that is safe, effective, patient-centred, timely, efficient, and equitable.
Junior doctors have many opportunities to be involved in quality and safety measures in hospitals. By delivering quality care every day, and reflecting on our practice, we can all play an important role in improving patient quality and safety. As junior doctors are involved in many aspects of patient care their perspective is very important in changing practices.
Case 1 – You are working in a team and your consultant asks you to conduct an audit.
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