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Stemming the tide of infection

May 5, 2022
by Healthcare World

Josie Winter, Clinical Operations Director at Advanced Clinical Solutions, discusses the importance of compliance in patient safety.

Regardless of the recent pandemic, it has never been clearer that worldwide changes in terms of international healthcare standards should and need to be addressed. Whether it’s starting with infection prevention control or health and social care, it’s now vitally important.

Advanced Clinical Solutions (ACS) is a team of highly trained healthcare professionals who are experts in patient safety, regulatory compliance and quality improvements. I’ve worked for the NHS and for private healthcare organisations including a large corporate med-tech organisation. I’ve developed and delivered hundreds of clinical audits and quality improvement plans, and trained thousands of healthcare staff in various clinical skills.

We apply our extensive knowledge across a number of services, adopting a ‘seek first to understand’ approach to best serve our clients different demands, needs, wants and desires. Since attending Arab Health 2022 in Dubai, the impact of technology has become apparent to me, and I can see how shared resources could be achieved with an international guidance system in place.

Achieving enhanced patient safety

Our customers include nursing and care homes, private acute care and private clinics, universities and educational institutions, GP services, and legal and insurance providers. ACS strives to meet a level of competency across a multiple of services in any country. These include:

  • Preparing and suggesting audit levels (regulatory compliance)
  • Exceed standards for infection prevention and control
  • Training to enable you to retrain new employees (train the trainer)
  • Leadership and coaching (as required)
  • FREE updates and our latest information

I’m proud to say we’ve worked on several projects to ensure this goal, from film studios to local health authorities and beyond. In our experience the key is always to review risk dynamically and make sure your standards are not just up to code but even better.

One of the best ways to do this is by sharing our networks – it can be sharing a business card at an event or even connecting on a social platform (visit us on LinkedIn). This will help us all progress as a community and effect global change.

Sharing knowledge internationally

Our goal is to further develop compliance at an international level, and we can achieve this collectively by learning and indeed improving from our global partners. As part of our brand ethos, it is vital that the patient should be and always is our number one priority.

Following the impact of the pandemic and borders across many countries being reopened we’ve also learnt that the value of global reach is incredibly important. Being based in the UK with the ability to travel, we have learned the reach of the digital landscape, and we know by collaborating effectively there is a real opportunity to affect change.

While face-to-face meetings are always constructive and important, as an international service provider we realise that virtual sessions can also achieve similar results in tandem with face-to-face interaction. Not only does this collectively reduce our carbon footprint but it has also proved to have higher engagement with an international audience.

The most important piece in the jigsaw puzzle is the patient, who is at the heart of our work. By adopting compliant practices through clinical governance, education, learning and quality improvement, we can enhance patient outcome and ensure better environments for everyone.

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