Quality and Patient Safety

Quality and Patient Safety

Quality and Patient Safety is a function of the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness’ Strategy, Performance and Partnerships Branch and is responsible for providing leadership and monitoring health system performance. Specific quality and patient safety responsibilities include:

  • Providing strategic advice to the Deputy and Minister of Health and Wellness regarding the quality and safety of our healthcare system
  • Developing and implementing policy and legislation related to quality and patient safety
  • Identifying quality and safety priorities by monitoring and reporting of key indicators
  • Leading a systems approach to quality improvement through a provincial Quality Improvement Collaborative.

The quality and patient safety team works closely with other government departments, branches and offices and the Nova Scotia Health Authority, IWK Health Centre, and other system partners to achieve their responsibilities.

Quality and Patient Safety Framework (PDF)

The Quality and Patient Safety Framework can be used as a tool to promote a provincial approach to quality -- in policy, planning and program development, service delivery, education, technology, equipment, infrastructure, and design. The guide helps put us all on the same page. Consistency in our quality approaches and practices will lead to common best and promising practices across the entire system, greater sustainability, and, ultimately, improved health outcomes for all Nova Scotians.