The College’s Quality framework is made up of two programmes – Foundation and Cornerstone. Foundation is the prerequisite onto the Cornerstone programme which shows a practice’s commitment to quality improvement.
The new Cornerstone programme is modular giving practices options and we’ve introduced accreditation levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Practices will need to complete two core modules - Equity and Continuous Quality Improvement, to be awarded Cornerstone Bronze accreditation. Practices can build on this, completing further modules to reach Silver or Gold status.
Purchasing a module
The Cornerstone Equity, Teaching and Continuous Quality Improvement modules are now available for purchasing.
To purchase a module, please follow the practice administration below using your practice login details. If you have not received your login details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Cornerstone Continuous Quality Improvement module
The Cornerstone Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) module allows practices to demonstrate their work towards improving health outcomes. The CQI module asks practices to identify an area of improvement in their work and apply a structured quality improvement model (such as a PDSA cycle) to track progress. The project must have an equity focus (i.e. working toward health equity outcomes). The practice would need to compile a final report describing the project, the progress/findings, and next steps.
Cornerstone Equity module
The Cornerstone Equity module builds upon the equity work completed in the Foundation Standard and provides the next set of steps toward delivering sustainable health equity outcomes. The Equity module focuses on four areas where pro-equity elements need to be developed in order to achieve equitable health outcomes across general practices:
- Practice team: Includes indicators/criteria related to health equity training, bias and cultural competency and safety training, ensuring a culturally safe experiences/services for patients, etc
- Organisation and leadership: Includes indicators and criteria that will assist practices to embed health equity elements into their governance and management
- Service development and delivery: Includes indicators and criteria around community collaborations, creating inclusive and culturally safe environments, collecting and maintaining up to date quantitative and qualitative data to inform and promote health equity outcomes
- Workforce: Includes indicators and criteria to ensure systems and processes are in place to actively recruit, develop and retain practice team members who support pro-equity values
Cornerstone Teaching module
The Cornerstone Teaching module sets the expectations of teaching practices and ensures it is an effective and safe training environment for GP registrars and other healthcare professionals. The Teaching module has three sections that consist of indicators and criteria.
Section 1: Commitment to training, which includes demonstrating the practice has:
- The financial infrastructure, resources and administrative systems in place to support the sustained delivery of training programme(s)
- Appropriately qualified and experienced teaching and supervisory staff who have relevant professional and teaching qualifications and experience
- A range of resources necessary to support teaching and learning
Section 2: Engagement with their communities, which includes practices having:
- Breadth and scope of general practice that reflects the characteristics and needs of the communities they serve
- Strong health and community networks
- Culturally competent and culturally safe practitioners and staff
Section 3: Focus on development, which includes practices:
- Developing their staff as health professionals, trainers and teachers
- Engaging in reflective practice, practice audits, investigation, evaluation and research for development