What is JCI?
Joint Commission International (JCI) is a well recognised international accreditation body, that has developed a set of international standards and an accreditation programme for hospitals and other healthcare organisations. It also provides advisory and educational services, in order to continuously improve the quality and safety of patient care.
Although the standards set uniform, high expectations for the safety and quality of patient care, country-specific considerations related to compliance with those expectations are part of the accreditation process, in order to accommodate legal, religious and/or cultural factors within a country. The JCI evaluation of a healthcare organisation is designed to be valid, reliable and objective, and the accreditation decision is made by an international accreditation committee.
SVPH and JCI
SVPH voluntarily applied the JCI standards throughout the hospital and have demonstrated continuous and sustainable improvement in the quality and safety of hospital processes and patient care. SVPH were first awarded with JCI accreditation a number of years ago, and have retained accreditation status since.
As part of the JCI accreditation programme, every three years JCI re-evaluate the hospital against the current set of JCI standards – this evaluation involves a comprehensive inspection of the facility, review of practices and procedures, and will look for evidence of sustained compliance and improvement. This demonstrates SVPH’s long-term commitment to patient safety and continuous improvement in patient care.
The Benefits of JCI Accreditation
- Increased focus on patient safety and risk reduction in clinical processes.
- Focus on ensuring the best patient experience and outcomes and involving the patient through all their care decisions.
- Maintains patient safety and continuous improvement at the heart of management decisions.
- Fosters a culture of safety throughout the hospital.
- Provides a safe and efficient work environment.
- Compliance to JCI standards will allow the hospital to meet proposed HIQA national licensing standards on hospital safety & quality.