SIP for General Practice

Your journey starts here

What does being part of Safety in Practice involve?

What do practices need to do?

  • Establish a two to three person Patient Safety team which should preferably comprise of a GP, a practice nurse and a senior administrator.
  • Send your Patient Safety team to four evening learning sessions.
  • Attend meetings in your practice to discuss data collected during the programme and identify areas for improvement.
  • Complete two Clinical Modules and one Safety Culture Tool.

How long is the programme?

Safety in Practice is a 3-year programme. Practices choose to re-enroll annually. Each year practices focus on new modules.

What will practices receive?

  • Training in quality improvement skills, tools and techniques to make patient care safer.
  • Quality improvement support and facilitation to assist with improvements in practice systems and processes.
  • An opportunity to share and learn with other practices.
  • An annual financial contribution. This amount will be paid by the DHB in installments, as per the payment schedule set out below, provided that all of the mandatory requirements specified are met throughout the year. For the year 2017-18 this was $5,400.00 excl GST.
  • Participation contributes to RNZCGP Cornerstone® accreditation, RNZCGP MOPS (Maintenance of Professional Standards) and NZNC Professional Development Hours (PDRP).  




May - Jun 2018

Submit an expression of interest by 30th June 2018

Jul -Aug 2018

Receive and sign contract to participate in the programme

Aug 2018

Attend Learning Session 1

Sep - Nov

Monthly audits and improvement on chosen safety modules


Attend Learning Session 2

Dec 2018 - Mar 2019

Monthly audits and improvement on chosen safety modules

Feb 2019

Attend Learning Session 3

Mar - Jun 2019

Monthly audits and improvement on chosen safety modules, use chosen culture tool to develop you practice safety culture

Jun 2019

Attend Learning Session 4

"It's been motivating to see the staff buy-in in general on providing a more streamlined results handling process within the practice"

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