Practices often dread the accreditation process that quite often, comes around again before you know it. We have reached out to our Practice Managers to provide you with their top 4 tips to getting your practice accredited with the least amount of pain.
Start preparing for accreditation well in advance!
Depending on the Accreditation body you choose to go with, they will provide you with a self-assessment and resources to assist you in preparation. Ensure that you begin reading these materials well in advance to allow yourself enough time to make any relevant changes, implement any required action and of course communicate these well with your team.
Make use of the many helpful resources available to you
There is an abundance of useful resources available to you on the web which will assist in your preparation as well as give you an idea of what to expect from the practice visit. Some useful resources can be found on the RACGP website (https://www.racgp.org.au/your-practice/standards/interpretiveguide4thedition/appendices/appendix-a/), from your public health network and on your accreditation bodies website.
Involve your team in the process
Delegating tasks to practice nurses, administration and reception staff will not only spread the workload but also encourage team members to take responsibility and accountability in their role. Working with your team will ensure that the experts in each area of General Practice complete the relevant requirements.
Ensure that you are applying the RACGP standards at all times.
Once a policy or procedure that complies with the RACGP standards has been put in place, ensure that it is consistently adhered to by all staff and GPs. This will not only make the accreditation process simpler in years to come but will ensure that your practice is performing in accordance with the best practice standards