|The Essence of Care benchmarks were designed to support quality improvement measures set out in a First Class Service (1998). Essence of Care benchmarking is a qualitative approach and involves the identification of patient-focused best practice in aspects of care crucial to the quality of the patient's experience.|
In 2004/05 the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) in conjunction with NIPEC completed a project to implement Essence of Care benchmarks across care settings in Northern Ireland. There was an excellent level of engagement across the HPSS, nursing home and voluntary sector. A total of 54 projects were initiated and showcased in an abstract document and the whole project was evaluated.
In 2006 NIPEC undertook a review of both the progress of these initial 54 projects and the progress on the recommendations of the Evaluation Report in relation to organisational integration and mainstreaming benchmarking activity.
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