Quality & Patient Safety Department
Patient safety is the absence of preventable harm to a patient during the process of healthcare. At the same time, Healthcare quality refers to the degree to which patient care services increases the probability of desired outcomes and reduce the probability of undesired outcomes, given the current state of knowledge. Thus, it is the mission of the Quality & Patient Safety Department (QPSD) to support and facilitate efforts of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) in Lahore and Peshawar to provide our patients and their families with a safe, appropriate, consistent healthcare in a respectable environment, by innovating strategies, and implementation of system improvement solutions.
The Quality & Patient Safety program primarily focuses on compliance with regulatory requirements, Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, ISO certifications, clinical governance, comprehensive risk management and patient safety, performance improvement, clinical performance indicators, patient comments handling, and patient satisfaction and experience surveys.
Accreditation is a process in which an entity, separate and distinct from the health care organization, usually non-governmental, assesses the health care organization to determine if it meets a set of requirements designed to improve the quality of care. QPSD facilitates and supports SKMCH&RC in Lahore and Peshawar to achieve, sustain and exceed international accreditation standards.
SKMCH&RC, Lahore and Peshawar underwent rigorous on-site surveys conducted by teams of Joint Commission International expert surveyors. After completing the surveys, both hospitals are proud to have earned Joint Commission International’s Gold Seal of Approval® for hospital accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its internationally recognized standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
|Initial accreditation||Re-accreditation (after three years)|
|SKMCH&RC Lahore||April 2018||March 2021|
|SKMCH&RC Peshawar||July 2019||Due in July 2022|
Clinical governance is a framework through which SKMCH & RC in Lahore and Peshawar are accountable for continuously improving the quality of our services and safeguarding high standards by creating an environment in which excellence in clinical care will flourish. Some of the main ingredients of this framework are as follows:
- Clinical Performance Dashboard (SKMCH&RC, Lahore | SKMCH&RC, Peshawar)
- Mortality & Morbidity (M & M) Reviews
- Clinical Audits
- Medical Charts Audit
- Improve Quality through Performance Improvement
- Clinical Risk Management
Patients Comments and Suggestions
The Patients Relations section in QPSD caters to patients and their family comments, appreciations, and suggestions. There is a prescribed process to address and resolve any complaints a patient may have.
Patient Satisfaction & Experience Survey
We conduct patient satisfaction & experience surveys every year for identifying gaps and developing an effective action plan for quality improvement.
Patient Safety Culture Survey
We conduct patient safety culture surveys in SKMCH & RC Lahore and Peshawar. These are distributed to nurses and doctors that participate in patient care. Results after tabulation and analysis are presented to the leadership for any necessary action.
Patients’ Rights and Responsibilities
Special care is given to the rights of the patients at SKMCH & RC in Lahore and Peshawar. Patients are educated and informed about the disease process, and having their informed consent for treatment is of utmost importance. Patient’s privacy and confidentiality is respected.
ISO 9001 Quality Management System
Scope of ISO 9001:
- Twenty-seven departments at SKMCH&RC, Lahore
- Twenty-one departments at SKMCH&RC, Peshawar
- Shaukat Khanum Diagnostic Centre, Jail Road Lahore
- Karachi Diagnostic Centre and Clinics, Karachi
ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System
Scope of ISO 22000:
- Food and Dietary Services – SKMCH&RC, Lahore
- Food and Dietary Services – SKMCH&RC, Peshawar
ISO 15189 Medical Laboratory Accreditation
SKMCH&RC, Lahore, is working on ISO 15189 (Laboratory specific accreditation) for the Pathology Laboratory. External proficiency test system from the College of American Pathologists is also being carried out to ensure the credibility of pathology laboratory results.