Health Minister launches consultation on Quality Strategy

18/01/2011

Health Minister Michael McGimpsey recently launched a public consultation on ‘Quality 2020’ - a 10-year Quality Strategy for Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland.

The Strategy aims to protect and improve quality across the HSC in achieving excellence in terms of safety, effectiveness and the patient/client experience.  The Minister said: “Good quality care must be at the heart of everything we do. This strategy provides a clear way forward for all of us, service users and staff alike, over the next 10 years so that, as we plan for the future, we can protect and improve quality whatever challenges we face. It will give us the long-term perspective needed in planning to address issues of safety, effectiveness and the patient/client involvement.”  

Health Minister Michael McGimpsey recently launched a public consultation on ‘Quality 2020’ - a 10-year Quality Strategy for Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland.

The Strategy aims to protect and improve quality across the HSC in achieving excellence in terms of safety, effectiveness and the patient/client experience. The Minister said: “Good quality care must be at the heart of everything we do. This strategy provides a clear way forward for all of us, service users and staff alike, over the next 10 years so that, as we plan for the future, we can protect and improve quality whatever challenges we face. It will give us the long-term perspective needed in planning to address issues of safety, effectiveness and the patient/client involvement.”

The Minister continued: “There are already many examples of internationally recognised excellence within health and social care services in Northern Ireland which should be celebrated. Even more importantly, there are thousands of health and social care staff who apply great skill with compassion, giving their patients and clients the best possible outcome and experience of care at times of personal crisis. They have an unshakable determination to deliver high quality care, whatever the constraints“.

The strategy builds on an already strong foundation, while recognising that no system is beyond improvement. It gives a clear commitment to sustainable improvement and high standards.

The 10-year Quality Strategy for health and social care in Northern Ireland, as well as information on how you can respond, can be found on the dhssps website .

The consultation will run until 15 April 2011.