Why are Policies and Procedures important in healthcare?

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Policies and procedures are important in healthcare as they are core to the provision of a safe and high-quality healthcare service. Having well-documented policies and procedures in place allows your staff to know what to do in certain situations. They ensure compliance with standards and regulations, create systematic processes, provide guidance to staff and assist with decision making.

Policies and procedures are often seen purely as paperwork, and incorrectly so. If we use them as a way of looking at what we are doing, seeing how we can improve it, and agreeing how we are now going to do it, they can be highly beneficial. Central to creating effective policies and procedures is getting staff involved. Through discussion, staff can participate in determining what works and how it can be improved. By documenting processes in the form of policies and procedures staff must consider and agree different aspects of each process.

In this blog we outline some of the reasons why policies and procedures are important in health and social care services.

Benefits of Policies and Procedures

How can HCI help?

If your health or social care service is looking to develop an up-to-date suite of Policies and Procedures, then HCI can support you. HCI have extensive experience in supporting healthcare providers in process mapping and developing evidence-based Policies and Procedures that are in line with regulatory requirements and tailored to your specific organisation.

HCI has also developed a suite of best practice policies and procedures and records and forms for nursing homes which will help improve the quality of care and support HIQA compliance. When you purchase this bundle package you get access to all new updates and new document releases for 12 months.

Keeping policies and procedures up to date with current standards and best practice guidance can be time consuming. This is why our package is very beneficial for nursing homes. Our dedicated Best Practice Team do the hard work for you as they will continuously research all National Standards, regulations and best practice guidance relating to long-term care and include the requirements in our documents. When we release an updated document, all changes are highlighted in blue making it easier for you to educate and train staff on the updates.  All documents are available in an electronic format (Microsoft word), allowing you to tailor them to suit your specific requirements.

If you would like more information on the Policies and Procedures bundle or support in the development of policies and procedures then contact HCI today at 01 629 2559 or info@hci.care.

Contact Us

For more information contact info@hci.care or Phone +353 (0)1 6292559.