Quality Practice Accreditation’s Quality Surveyor Program sets new standards for training, professional recognition and remuneration for accreditation surveyors.
“Accreditation is no longer about a practice visit and tick-a-box forms”, said QPA Managing Director, Dr Paul Mara.
“With the release of the RACGP 5th edition Standards and mooted changes to funding arrangements for general practice, there is a real need and opportunity for practices to put even more focus on quality assurance and quality improvement.
Improved training and mentoring, enhanced professional recognition, a quality improvement and quality assurance program and higher remuneration of surveyors are part of the new general practice environment.
We see accreditation and quality assurance now, but increasingly in the the future, as a highly valued activity in general practice, with surveyors playing a niche role in the range of professional interests that support quality health care, including clinical care of patients, education and teaching of medical students and GP registrars and other professional activities that all go to make general practice central to the health care system.”
As a surveyor, GPs, practice nurses, practice managers and experienced support staff have a real opportunity to make a difference to individual practices and general practice as a whole, while creating lasting professional relationships and discovering and exploring opportunities to enhance their own practices.
Under the QPA Quality Surveyor Program, all surveyors will be able to obtain industry standard qualifications that have relevance for quality assurance and improvement in other areas of health.
The program gives surveyors greater responsibility, but also greater flexibility and guarantees to allow surveyors to better integrate practice visits with their other responsibilities.
Under the program, remuneration has increased significantly for both GPs and non GP surveyors, up to $1900 a day plus allowances for GPs and $640 for support surveyors.
Under the new arrangements, all surveyors attending 5th edition visits are guaranteed a minimum whole day rate, providing more flexibility for scheduling other practice activities.
All QPA surveyors are covered by the Quality Assurance Declaration from the Minister for Health under Part VC of the Health Insurance Act 1973.
Quality Practice Accreditation gives practices a reliable choice in accreditation. Formed by practising GPs, it exists to support GPs and practices to provide the best care they possibly can in an increasingly complex and challenging environment. It continually sets new standards for support, innovation and quality assurance.
For further information, please contact Kylie Gardner, QPA Surveyor Manager
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