Today, we live in a world full of challenges, with a new risk reality confronting every industry, including healthcare. The provision of consistent safety and quality across all delivery settings has never been more important, not least because healthcare organisations are facing constrained or reduced resources. From complex new technological and clinical advances, to the numbers of patient affected by preventable accidents and hospital acquired infection, and from the needs of ageing populations facing chronic diseases to moves towards community based care, the demand for learning and sharing best practice has never been greater.
Standards and assessment as a strategic tool
DNV standards and assessments examine governance and quality systems, managing infection, clinical and non-clinical risks, medical equipment and the quality of healthcare environments. Throughout our experience of developing standards and conducting assessments, we have built up a practical insight into what makes a set of standards meaningful and effective. Our approach to standards and assessment is to see them as a strategic tool for continuous improvement, to share good practice and innovation, and help improve safety, quality and business performance.
Evaluation and continuous improvement
It can be a challenge to implement organisational change and make sure that objectives have been achieved. The management systems approach that underpins DNV’s healthcare standards helps you to build an organisation that constantly improves the way it works, assures patients and stakeholders of a commitment to improving safety and quality, and safeguards your reputation. With a focus on the healthcare environment, our safety case and evaluation services can help you make the most of planned and completed changes to the way services are delivered and the impact this has on patients, families and staff.
Browse through the links below to find how our standards and services can be used as a strategic tool for your organisation.
The DNV International Accreditation Standard assess clinical and patient safety requirements combined with ISO 9001 quality principles and an emphasis on proactive risk management
The DNV Managing Infection Risk Standard provides a structured approach to infection control, building on the framework of international standards, together with best practise from biorisk and other major hazard industries.
On behalf of the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA) DNV assess all hospitals in England against the requirements of the NHSLA Risk Management Standards and the CNST Maternity Clinical Risk Management Standards.
DNV works with Macmillan Cancer Support to assess the Macmillan Quality Environment Mark (MQEM) for cancer care centres throughout the United Kingdom. The MQEM recognises facilities that support the comfort, well-being, dignity and choice of those affected by cancer.
DNV assesses commissioners and providers of community healthcare equipment against the CECOPS Code of Practice which provides a framework of responsibilities when commissioning or providing services, and provides practical guidance on delivering high quality, efficient and safe services.
DNV’s safety case approach to project planning and delivery provides a practical tool to incorporate patient safety into the design of healthcare facilities.
DNV undertake systematic evaluation of healthcare facilities to assess whether patient care objectives have been met in the development and use of the facility.