NADC Collaborative Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS Accreditation
In conjunction with the National Association of Diabetes Centres (NADC) Collaborative Interdisciplinary Diabetes High Risk Foot Service Standards, the NADC has released the Pilot NADC Collaborative Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS Accreditation program. The NADC Collaborative Interdisciplinary Diabetes High Risk Foot Service Accreditation Program is currently in its pilot phase. Seven High Risk Foot Services throughout Australia are currently completing the accreditation process, with the aim to assess their service and to also provide feedback on the accreditation process. All feedback will be evaluated and the accreditation program updated post the pilot phase and prior to the national release of the accreditation program.
The NADC Collaborative accreditation for Interdisciplinary Diabetes High Risk Foot Services (HRFS) is the only national accreditation of its kind, aimed at the improvement of quality and safety within Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS. The accreditation model is focused on a three-pronged approach combining governance, clinical and quality criteria. The objective of the NADC Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS accreditation is to assist Diabetes HRFS to achieve quality patient care through improved interdisciplinary team based care including improved governance and centre structure, also providing opportunities for clinician education and research.
Accreditation is one tool in a range of strategies that can be used to improve safety and quality in a health based organisation. It is a way of verifying:
- actions are being taken
- system data are being used to inform activity
- improvements are made in safety and
The NADC Collaborative Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS accreditation also aims to define and and harmonise the standard of service delivered by Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS across Australia in an effort to meet key goals under the National Diabetes Strategy 2016-2020, namely, practices and procedures resulting in improved care, improved quality of life among people with diabetes, and a reduction in the prevalence of diabetes-related complications.
Applicability of the Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS Standards
The NADC Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS Accreditation Standards have been written to set a benchmark level for Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS within Australia however they can be used as a guide by any foot services aiming to benchmark and improve the quality and range services provided to people with diabetes receiving foot care.
Overlap with other standards
Many Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS are already accredited in their affiliation with a larger hospital or health service. There are deliberate synergeries and overlap with existing accreditation systems to ensure a robust accreditation framework.
Who needs to complete NADC Collaborative Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS accreditation?
An Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS provides coordinated multidisciplinary treatment for people with limb threatening diabetes-related foot complications primarily foot ulcerations, Charcot neuroarthropathy and foot infections. Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS provide care in a patient centred, continuing, comprehensive and coordinated manner. The Accreditation Standards are wholly relevant to all Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS that meet this definition.
Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS that complete accreditation will have their status updated to indicate ‘Accredited NADC Collaborative Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS’, which will be promoted on the NADC website, in NADC member lists, HRFS maps published on the website, and in information provided to other health professional organisations.
Benefits of NADC Collaborative Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS accreditation
There are wide-ranging benefits to achieving such accreditation. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Recognition as a best practice Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS meeting stringent quality and safety standards
- Knowledge-sharing – the ability to leverage knowledge from other accredited Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS to improve service delivery and care
- Far reaching quality improvement – the opportunity for your Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS to become part of a broader goal of improving diabetes related foot services nation-wide, including by mentoring and educating smaller services
- Benchmarking – the opportunity for your Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS to compare performance against other peer centres and to identify opportunities for improvement
- Business expansion – opportunity to broaden your Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS’ reputation and patient base
- Status and Reputation – opportunity to benchmark your Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS against peer services
- Service improvement – opportunity to utilise the evidence gained from the accreditation process to lobby for increased funding and resourcing in areas where your Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS can be enhanced
Interesting in applying for NADC HRFS Accreditation?
To register your services Expression of Interest (EOI) in the NADC Collaborative Interdisciplinary Diabetes HRFS Accreditation program, please access the Expression of Interest section HERE or click below to access the EOI form.
Any further questions in regard to the process can be emailed to: