Cognitive Institute—part of the not-for-profit Medical Protection Society—has announced it will begin offering the Promoting Professional Accountability Programme (PPA) to New Zealand hospitals and healthcare organisations.
The programme aims to support organisations and healthcare professionals to provide the highest levels of safe and reliable care.
The PPA is a comprehensive, evidence-based programme that builds on the existing professionalism and commitment of the overwhelming majority of staff, while ensuring the actions of no one individual can undermine a culture of safety and reliability.
In a recent announcement to hospital CEOs, directors, executives and stakeholders, Cognitive Institute Managing Director, Matthew O’Brien, said the programme supports healthcare organisations to build on their quality and reliability improvement initiatives by creating a systemic, positive environment where clinicians can support each other to deliver safe care, and address unprofessional behaviours that impact on safety culture.
The decision to offer the programme in New Zealand comes in response to continued interest in the Institute’s expertise in implementing the programme and follows a year of planning and consultation with stakeholders. “While this is an internationally recognised programme, its success comes from ensuring it is adapted to the local context. During the past year we have been working closely with professional, employment and hospital stakeholders to adapt the programme to ensure it respects and responds to New Zealand healthcare,” Mr O’Brien said.
‘Delivered in partnership with Vanderbilt University, the programme is currently being implemented through Australia, Singapore and the United States of America. Multiple empirical studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of the programme, or its components.’