GP Synergy has implemented a new Practice and Supervisor Quality Framework that applies to all practices and supervisors.
What is it?
The quality framework and select measures are informed by evidentiary material that correlate with quality supervision and markers that will help registrars progress in training.
The diagram below summarises the structure of the quality framework – how standards and indicators ‘fit together’ and are assessed. The framework and processes for assessment is underpinned by good practice principles of regulation, and performance management.
Why has it been developed?
We have undertaken this initiative in response to stakeholder feedback and internal review to ensure that registrars are exposed to holistic care and emulate behaviours and attributes that are markers of a good doctor. Where appropriate to do so, our vision is to remediate performance gaps, thereby elevating overall quality of the training environment which may translate to better health outcomes for the wider community.
How has it been developed?
A working group known as the CISTER Committee, was formed in May 2018 to review existing accreditation standards, compliance with those standards, and how they translate to effective supervision and training outcomes. Committee representatives included GP Synergy’s Research Unit, Education Executive, Supervisor Liaison Officer, Registrar Liaison Officer, Quality Safety and Compliance, and management.
Following its adoption by the Education Committee and GP Synergy Board, the framework has been considered by a focus group of supervisors who have contributed to the development of assessment tools and processes.
How does it affect practices?
The new measures applies to all practices and supervisors as of 4 February 2019 including:
• new accreditation applications
• accreditation renewals, and
• all matters of compliance and performance management.
Importantly, our first response will be to remediate performance gaps (subjective or objective) where appropriate to do so. However, some standards continue to be ‘non-negotiable’ such as unconditional registration, general practice accreditation, and compliance with timely registrar assessment. Where specified, some standards will attract a provisional period of up to one year to assist practices or supervisors to meet the required standard.