Standard 8 - Requirement (3) (b)
The organisation’s governing body promotes a culture of safe, inclusive and quality care and services and is accountable for their delivery.
Intent of this requirement
This requirement states the governing body of the organisation is responsible for promoting a culture of safe, inclusive and quality, care and services in the organisation. The governing body of the organisation is also responsible for overseeing the organisation’s strategic direction and policies for delivering care to meet the Aged Care Quality Standards.
A culture of safe inclusive and quality care and services is one that is embedded in all aspects of organisational life and owned by everyone. It is the organisation’s governing body that enables this through it’s leadership, decisions made and directions set for the organisation. It will be reflected in how the organisation communicates it’s meaning and purpose to the workforce, consumers and those outside the service.
- How has the governing body shown it’s committed to, and leads, a culture of safety and quality improvement in the organisation? How is the extent of this culture in the organisation known?
- What priorities and strategic directions has the governing body set and communicated to the organisation for safe, inclusive and quality care and services?
- What information does the governing body ask for about the organisation’s performance and continuous improvement to meet the Aged Care Quality Standards?
- How does the governing body look at how inclusive the organisation’s care and services are for a diverse range of consumers?
- How does the governing body know it’s meeting what consumers, the workforce, the community and others expect for safe, inclusive and quality care and services from the organisation?
Examples of actions and evidence
- Consumers are confident the organisation is run in their best interests and their views and needs shape how the organisation is run.
- Consumers feel the service culture (the way things get done) supports their health, safety and well-being and is inclusive of their identity, culture and diversity.
- Consumers can describe ways the organisation asks for their opinions to improve the service culture.
Workforce and others
- The workforce can describe how the governing body promotes a culture of safe, inclusive and quality care and services. They can also describe how the governing body tries to understand how things are done in the organisation.
- The workforce describes how management of the organisation demonstrates the behaviours and values the governing body promotes. They say this gives them confidence to do the same.
- The workforce can describe the organisation’s vision, aims or strategic objectives that affect their practice. They say the organisation is run in a way that supports consumer outcomes.
- The workforce can give examples that show how the organisation includes safe, inclusive and quality care and services in the organisation.
- Evidence that members of the governing body have the right experience to govern an organisation providing care and service to vulnerable consumers.
- Evidence of how the governing body decides, explains, assigns and puts their quality, safety and cultural goals into action within the organisation.
- Evidence that the governing body asks for and receives the information and advice it needs to meet its responsibilities under this requirement.
- Strategic, business and diversity action plans that describe the priorities and strategic directions for inclusive care endorsed by the governing body. Evidence of how the organisation implements, monitors and improves these.
- Evidence that the governing body understands and sets priorities to improve the performance of the organisation against the Aged Care Quality Standards.